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>Two Minutes of Torah: Parashat Emor (Leviticus 21:1-15) – Family Comes First

> At the beginning of the Jewish Ethics GCSE course there is a question about the relevance of laws and texts which are over 2,000 years old. In the class there is always a fascinating discussion about how significant these laws are. There is an attachment to our Jewish tradition and heritage, but they are … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:23-37) – After death speak holiness

> For all of the sacrifices and uncomfortable reading which we have in the Book of Leviticus (last week was all about menstrual blood and leprosy), in the middle of this Book we find the Torah portion of Kedoshim. And there we find the holiness code; one of those sections of Torah which we Reform … Continue reading

>My Yom HaZikaron-Yom HaAtzmaut Sermon – Remember it’s been 62 years

> Al Gore, Billy Crystal, Donna Karan, Elaine Page, Ian McEwan, James Taylor, Olivia Newton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Samuel L. Jackson, and Trevor Brooking. This varied list of celebrities share one thing in common, and they share it with the State of Israel: all of them were born in 1948. It is strange to compare … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Tazria-Metzora – Under the water (Leviticus 12:1-13:8)

> As a child I used to love swimming. I wasn’t a particularly fast swimmer, I wasn’t a particularly strong swimmer, but I loved being in the water. I struggle to put it into words, but there was something special about the feeling and sensation of being surrounded by water. And I always used to … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Shemini – We all make mistakes

> As a child (and adult) I am a big fan of the Star Wars films, at one point I could quote whole passages from Episode IV – A New Hope. And all through my childhood I wanted to be Han Solo. Luke was the Jedi knight able to use the force, but I wanted … Continue reading