Ask Rabbi Shochet on some Chanuka Customs

Dear Rabbi I loved your reply last week explaining the idea of gift giving on Chanukah. So much so, that I also thought it was...

Reflections on the passing of Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu zt”l

By Rabbi Jeremy Conway  Somehow it was my great zechus to become a zanav l’aroyos – “a tail to lions” and in particular to the...

The “State” of Hashem in Our World

  By Rabbi Moshe Taragin for Rosh Hashanah "All of humanity pass before You as sheep.. ". On Rosh Hashanah, Hashem reviews all human behavior, scrutinizes...

Moving and Meaningful Tisha B’Av programme Whitefield Community Kollel in their new home, Shomrei...

Sunday Tisha B’Av saw a well-attended day long programme offered at Shomrei Hadas Shul Prestwich by Whitefield Community Kollel. In the day’s programme, led by...

Donkeygate

  by Rabbi Moshe Taragin A lot was at stake. We were perched to enter the promised land, launch Jewish history, and assemble the kingdom...

Naso, a brave new world

The drama of a nazir illustrates our delicate interface with the physical world which surrounds us. God crafted us as spiritual creatures- more angel...

Parshat Bechukotai: what drives history?

Our sedra contains the tochacha, a whole litany of curses that will befall the Jewish People should they turn away from a life of...

Parshat Behar: is the Torah speaking economics?

What is the Torah’s take on economics? The laws of Shemittah and Yovel perhaps tell us. Every seven years was to be a “Shabbat of...

Torah reading: why specify the obvious?

Lineage The sidra begins, "Say to the kohanim the descendants of Aaron". The definition of the kohanim as descending from Aaron seems too obvious to...

The changing tides of the Omer

Jews experience time very deeply. Different stages of our calendar are suited for different religious experiences. During the forty days leading up to Yom...

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