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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Let’s Get Lost

A few years ago during July I had the pleasure of taking some pre-yeshiva boys away with my family for a Shabbaton. We stayed a few minutes outside of the northern Wales town ‘Flint’. Why Flint? Because when you plan

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents…Ofsted

OFSTED” (Office for Standards in Education), the very name conjures up feeling of panic for many. As children we may remember the days that those serious looking Ofsted officers came to school to monitor, assess and wander around the school

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Welcome To Israel

In the media we are accustomed to ‘selective reporting’. Some minor events get given great coverage whilst other major event events are conveniently side-lined. As Jews we often feel this injustice, and in particular a common occurrence is the reporting

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Gap Year

A few years ago I came home from shul on Friday night to a rather perplexed wife! She had been learning some Chumash and had stumbled upon part of a Parshah that just made no sense at all. In Sedra

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Rabbi Aryeh Masher Presents… Talking To The Brick Wall

The Mishna (Avos 5 20) contrasts two famous historical disputes, commenting, ‘what sort of dispute was for the sake of Heaven? – the dispute between Hillel and Shammai. And which was not for the sake of Heaven? – the dispute

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Pest or Guest?

Our Parshah is dominated by the story of the spies who bring an evil report back from Eretz Yisroel. But following the story and the resulting punishment of having to wander the desert for forty years is the Mitzvah of

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Blind Faith

This week’s Parshah contains within it, an entire ‘book’. Bracketed off by two reversed letter “NUNs”, we have two verses. Why are they marked out by the letter ‘nun’ reversed? The Talmud tells us that these two verses are put

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Pele. The King of Football

Over the years, my father as a mohel has come across some interesting or even absurd choices of names. A few that spring to mind: Nimrod – the wicked king who threw Avraham into the furnace for believing in Hashem.

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… The Jewish People. A Story of Survival.

A number of years ago on Purim I saw a t-shirt bearing the picture presented here. It made a tremendous impression on me when I thought about the truth of it. The Jews who represent some 0.01% of world population

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