Time

January 21, 2022 by  
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We have just celebrated another New Year. I was not specifically thinking of 2022, although that too. Or of Tu BiShvat, the Fifteenth Day of the Month of Shevat. The New Year for Trees. One of four different New Years as recorded in the Talmud ( Rosh Hashana ). Read more

Shabbat Vayehi: Predictions

December 16, 2021 by  
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The twelve tribes have now come to live in Egypt under Josef’s protection. Read more

Why do I have to wash my already clean hands before eating bread?

December 13, 2021 by  
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Shabbat Vayigash: Failed priests

December 9, 2021 by  
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When Pharaoh accepted Yosef’s interpretation of his dreams and his advice to Pharaoh on how to prepare for it, he was given the opportunity to prepare for the approaching catastrophe. Read more

Why is the Shema so important?

November 8, 2021 by  
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Does Judaism agree with female sterilisation?

October 25, 2021 by  
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Decision to allow silent prayer on Temple Mount overturned

October 10, 2021 by  
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The Jerusalem District Court accepted on Friday the State’s appeal on the decision by the Magistrate’s Court to allow “silent prayers” for Jews on the Temple Mount. Read more

Minister of Religious Affairs meets with women Torah scholars including women rabbis

August 31, 2021 by  
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Israel’s Minister of Religious Affairs, Matan Kahana and MK Nir Orbach met over the weekend with the directors and heads of halachic (Jewish law) programs for women. Read more

Dreams, hopes & fears

August 30, 2021 by  
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Rabbi Raymond writes about Rosh HaShanah. Read more

Shabbat Ki Tavo

August 26, 2021 by  
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Why do we do things in life? Is it to get some kind of reward? Read more

Weekly Torah. Shabbat Shoftim Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9

August 13, 2021 by  
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Who is Responsible? Read more

The budget of Israel Ministry of Religious Affairs increased by 100 million shekels

August 9, 2021 by  
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An additional 100 million Shekels (A$42 million) have been allocated to the budget for Israel’s Ministry of Religious Affairs. Read more

Why to Jewish men cover their heads?

August 2, 2021 by  
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Ak the rabbi! Read more

A chosen people

July 30, 2021 by  
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I dislike the expression “The Chosen People”.  Read more

Why some Jews leave a bare section on a wall on purpose?

July 26, 2021 by  
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Torah for Shabbat: Shabbat Nachamu, The Shabbat of Comfort after the Ninth of Av.

July 23, 2021 by  
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As Moses continues his speech to the children of Israel, he repeats two core texts that underpin the whole of the Jewish way of life. Read more

Is God dead?

June 28, 2021 by  
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Rabbi Jeremy Rosen: Shabbat Balak

June 25, 2021 by  
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It seems strange that the whole Parsha we read this week should be named after a Midianite/Moabite King, Balak, and be devoted to a non-Jewish magician Bilam.
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Thought for the week

June 25, 2021 by  
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On Sunday is the fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz. It is a minor fast that lasts from dawn to dusk and ushers in a period of mourning that leads up to the 9th of Av when we commemorate the loss of two Temples. Read more

Religious politics

June 18, 2021 by  
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The personal attacks on Naftali Bennet coming from the Charedi parties in Israel because he has been instrumental in excluding them from power and has stood up to their blackmail are disgusting. Read more

Is it permitted for women to wear tallit and tefillin?

April 6, 2021 by  
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Do you know before whom you stand?

March 1, 2021 by  
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Where does “upon my heart” originate

February 1, 2021 by  
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How did the Ten Lost Tribes come to be lost?

November 30, 2020 by  
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Why isn’t life fair?

October 19, 2020 by  
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How our Succas taught an amazing COVID lesson

October 15, 2020 by  
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On Rosh HaShanah, we re-affirmed our belief in an omnipotent G-D.  On Yom Kippur we cried out to Him to renew our relationship.   Read more

When rabbis should not keep quiet

September 11, 2020 by  
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The former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, Jonathan Sacks, has come in for some stick over remarks he recently made about religion and politics. Read more

Finding Love

August 7, 2020 by  
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Did you know that there is an ancient tradition that on two days in the year, unmarried girls used to go out dancing in the vineyards around Jerusalem in order to find a marriage partner? Read more

New president for World Union for Progressive Judaism

May 18, 2020 by  
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The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) has unanimously approved the selection of Rabbi Sergio Bergman from Argentina as the next president of WUPJ. Read more

Does Judaism believe in turning the other cheek?

April 27, 2020 by  
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