Saturday 20 April 2019

Torah

Torah from Israel, Shabbat Hagadol : Bridging between Creation and Redemption

Shabbat Hagadol plays a colorful role in the rich heritage of the Pesach holiday. At the heart of the Shabbat Hagadol lore lies a distinctive shiur or sermon geared toward...

Ask The Rabbi – PESACH PRICE FIXING

PESACH PRICE FIXING Dear Rabbi I think you’ve been asked this before. Why are Pesach prices so much more expensive than kosher food throughout the rest...

Torah reading: Sh’mini

THE EIGHTH DAY After the Tabernacle was erected it was not until the eighth day that the Divine Presence was officially there (Rashi on Lev....

Ask The Rabbi – Is The Rabbi Moving On?

Is The Rabbi Moving On? Dear Rabbi There’s quite a wide rumour going around that you are being considered for a position on the London Beth...

Torah from Israel : Why is “Letter-Writing” so Important in the Megillah

As the miracle of Purim develops, letters play an important role in the unfolding drama. All told, five letters are composed and dispatched. The...

Ask The Rabbi – There’s No Place for Hate!

There’s No Place for Hate! Dear Rabbi A senior rabbi is alleged to have spoken on Shabbat and referred to the Dayanim of the London Beth Din...

Ask the Rabbi – SPACE TRAVEL

SPACE TRAVEL Q. Is space travel halachically permissible? A. It would seem from the T’nach that space is a prohibited realm: the heavens are "the heavens...

Torah reading: P’kudei

YOU CAN COUNT ON ME This Shabbat brings us to the end of the book of Sh’mot. Its final sidrot are full of minute architectural detail....

SHABBAT UK SPECIAL

Why Shabbat Candles? Dear Rabbi, I was attending a pre-Shabbat UK talk last week. I was amazed how many women don’t light the Shabbat candles. And...

Torah reading: Vayakhel

HOW TO MAKE AMENDS The tabernacle needed to be built, and the people came forward eagerly to participate in the work. Cloths and coverings were needed,...

Torah from Israel : Human Creativity and Religion

The epic project of constructing a mishkan was an unprecedented feat of human engineering and creativity. Instead of delivering a ready-made, heavenly prepared structure, G-d chose to empower humans...

Torah from Israel – Ki Tisa: Emulsifying Shabbos

The mitzvah of Shabbat is so seminal that it surfaces in five different parshiyot in Sefer Shemot. Among these ‘appearances” is the discussion of Shabbat in one of the opening...

Ask The Rabbi – Are We Born Into Sin?

Are We Born Into Sin? Dear Rabbi, I quote your answer in reply to Robin who asked this question first: "Judaism forcefully rejects this and believes that...

Ask the Rabbi – DOES GOD CARE HOW WE WORSHIP HIM?

DOES GOD CARE HOW WE WORSHIP HIM? Q. Whether in a synagogue, church or mosque, does God really care how people worship Him? A. Our prayer...

Ask The Rabbi – 04/02/19

Dear Rabbi It was such a breath of fresh air when the Jewish Weekly started and although you had some glitches in consistently producing a weekly publication, I...

Torah reading: Mishpatim

LAWFUL & AWE-FUL In the remarkable array of laws in this parashah, the odd man out deals with the food we eat (Ex. 22:30). In this...

Ask The Rabbi – ETHICS IN BUSINESS

ETHICS IN BUSINESS Q. How can some people be unethical in business even though they keep kosher homes? A. I honestly don’t know. What you...

Ask The Rabbi – Was Burying Remains of Holocaust Victims Really Necessary?

Was Burying Remains of Holocaust Victims Really Necessary? Dear Rabbi, I don’t mean to be rude or disrespectful in any way but I watched with wonderment...

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Es Pas Nisht – What Does That Mean? Dear Rabbi I have often heard the expression, “es pas nisht” which I believe means “it’s not nice behaviour for a...

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RUBASHKIN REALITY CHECK Dear Rabbi I was absolutely amazed and disappointed and dismayed that you wrote a whole page in praise of S. Rubashkin in last week's Jewish...