Sunday 21 July 2019

Bilam’s Lessons of Jewish History

Bilam and Balak’s conspiracy to halt the Jewish advance dominates most of parshat Balak even though the story could easily have been summarized in a few brief verses. Bilam’s prophecies are included, in part, because...

Torah reading: Balak

MAY JACOB CRITICIZE THE TENTS OF OTHERS? Parashat Balak quotes Bilam's praise of Israel – "How goodly are your tents, O Jacob: your dwelling places,...

Ask The Rabbi – Recording Boris: Right or Wrong?

Dear Rabbi Is it ever right to listen in on someone else’s conversations? I have been having this debate with my wife – a die...

Ask the Rabbi – Organ Donation

ORGAN DONATION Q. What is the Jewish view of organ donation? A. Organ donation involves two related but sometimes conflicting principles – the duty to preserve...

Too Much or Too Little ?

The mighty fall fast and fall hard! Parshat Behaalotecha begins by showcasing a a confident nation, primed to enter to land of destiny and...

Shavu’ot features

NOT COMMANDMENTS Central to Shavu’ot is the Revelation on Mount Sinai, where God gave "Aseret HaDibrot" (Ex. 20:1-14). We call them "The Ten Commandments" in English,...

Ask The Rabbi – Can My Rabbi Change His Tune?

Can My Rabbi Change His Tune?  Dear Rabbi I attend my synagogue each week and all the Rabbi ever talks about is either Israel or national...

Ask The Rabbi – B’RACHAH OR KIDDUSH?

B’RACHAH OR KIDDUSH? Q. In South Africa the refreshments after a Shabbat service are called a "b’rachah". Elsewhere it is a "kiddush". Which one is...

Ask The Rabbi – HANDLING YOUR EMPLOYEES

HANDLING YOUR EMPLOYEES Q. What does the Talmud mean when it says that whoever acquires a servant acquires a master over himself? A. The source is...

Ask The Rabbi – 08/05/2019

Dear Rabbi I enjoy your column online and I seek your advice. This week communities around the world commemorate Yom Hazikoron, Israel’s Memorial Day. Many...

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