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Tazria-Metzora: A Torah view on cancel culture

When is it important to call a spade a spade? In Parshat Noach (Bereishit 7:2) the Torah gives us details of the animals brought onto Noah’s Ark: “Min habehema hatehorah,” – Noah brought onto the ark clean animals, “umin habehema

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The surprising value of self-doubt

Shemini: 7 APRIL 2021 If you think that you’re not good enough, perhaps that’s the very reason why you’re the best person for the job. We learn this from Parshat Shemini. Hashem had elected Aharon to become the Kohen Gadol,

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Chief Rabbi’s Pesach Message 5781

“You will see, you will see, how good it will be next year.” Why, at every Seder, do we enthusiastically sing, “leshana haba’ah biyrushalayim” – next year in Jerusalem? Although we have made the same declaration every year, it has

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There’s nothing quite like the real thing

Thank God for Zoom, but it’s nothing quite like the real thing. The Chief Rabbi’s D’var Torah for Parshat Ki Tisa An appreciation of the power of experiencing the real thing is presented to us in Parshat Ki Tisa. The

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A Message for Purim 2021

How to celebrate safely this Purim – a special message from the Chief Rabbi Purim and Chanukah are twin festivals on which we celebrate Jewish survival. Both are chagim on which it is permissible to work. On both, we publicize

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Terumah 5781

If you turn away from the needs of another person, you’re turning away from the will of Hashem If you turn away from the needs of another person, you’re turning away from the will of God. This is an important

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Coming back to Shul – for what reason?

Should we come to see or to be seen? In Parshat Mishpatim the Torah presents us with the mitzvah of the three pilgrim festivals, Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot – times when the people of Israel would gather in Jerusalem, in

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Don’t just complain!

Don’t just complain about everything that’s wrong. We learn this in Parshat Yitro. Rashi tells us that one of Yitro’s seven names was ‘Yeter’, which means additional. That is because Yitro provided an additional passage in the Torah with key lessons for

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Why should our children and grandchildren carry out mitzvot?

Parshat Beshalach   How important is tradition? In Parshat Beshalach, the Torah presents to us details of the miraculous parting of the waters of the Red Sea. Immediately afterwards, each member of the Israelite nation declared, “Zeh keili v’anveihu,” –

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