Wednesday 19 June 2019

Torah

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...

Torah reading: Acharei Mot

IT ALL ADDS UP A major portion of this week's sidra recurs in the Torah readings on Yom Kippur morning and afternoon since it describes...

Ask the Rabbi – What is the question?

WHAT IS THE QUESTION? Abraham Joshua Heschel said that our generation knows the answers but has forgotten the questions. With regard to Pesach we know that...

Ask The Rabbi – Help! My Daughter Owns Chametz!

Help! My Daughter Owns Chametz! Dear Rabbi My daughter runs the in-store bakery at our big local supermarket. Every morning she cycles in at 7AM so...

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...