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A healthy fear of Hashem

Eikev: God demands that we should all fear Him. But is it possible then, for us to have a healthy relationship with Him? In Parshat Eikev, Moshe brings the word of Hashem to the people (Devarim 10:12): “Mah Hashem Elokeicha shoel

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Climate Change and Moshe Rabbeinu

Va’etchanan: Moshe seems to have done something which was totally unnecessary. In Parshat Va’etchanan we are told (Devarim 4:41), “Az yavdil moshe shalosh arim.” Just before he was to pass away, Moshe, who was on the eastern side of the

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Can one ever graduate from Jewish education?

Devarim: Can one ever graduate from Jewish education? In Parshat Devarim, Moshe brings the words of Hashem to the Israelite nation, then at Chorev, which is Mount Sinai. Hashem said to them (Devarim 1:6), “Rav lachem shevet behar hazeh,” – “You

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Pack this in your bags – it doesn’t weigh anything

Matot-Massei: When travelling, the most important thing to take with us doesn’t weight anything at all. Now that at long last many of us can think about travelling once again, we can derive a lot of inspiration from Parshat Massei.

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Pinchas: The best invitation ever

It’s one of the best invitations you’ll ever get. Parshat Pinchas includes within it details of our major festivals, and the Torah calls them by the term ‘mikra kodesh’ (e.g. Bamidbar 28:18). Indeed we include this term in the kiddush

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Balak: From where can the Jewish people derive comfort and consolation?

We’re just about to commence the three weeks, which will take us from the 17th of Tammuz through to Tisha b’Av. It’s a sad time of the year when we recall many tragedies which befell our people. This period of

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What’s the most irresponsible personal undertaking I have ever heard of?

Chukat: It is probably Yiftach’s vow. The haftarah for Parshat Chukat (Judges 11:1) tells us how Yiftach, the leader of the tribe of Gilad, was called upon to wage war against the Ammonites. He was in a state of trepidation before leading

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Sometimes, blind people see more : Shelach Lecha

Blind people can sometimes see more than everyone else. At the beginning of Parshat Shelach Lecha (Bamidbar 13:18) an instruction is given to the spies who were about to enter into the land: “Ure’item et haaretz,” – “See the land,”

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Beha’alotecha: Exacerbating Jewish suffering?

What can make Jewish suffering even worse for us? In Parshat Beha’alotecha, the Torah tells us about a tragic episode relating to ‘vehasafsuf asher bekirbo’ – the mixed multitude within our ranks (Bamidbar 11:4). The Israelite nation was divided. This

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