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>Two Minutes of Torah: Parashat Vaera (Exodus 6:29-7:18) – Magic or Miracle

>As a child I really loved magic. I would always be transfixed as I watched magicians on television performing tricks which seemed impossible and inexplicable. As a child there was something amazing about these men who could read minds, guess the correct cards, and even saw a woman in half. I believed that the woman … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Shemot (Exodus 3:1-22) – God has a name

>Growing up in my orthodox Jewish primary school, the word God was never written on the board, on handouts, or anywhere in the school; it was always G-d. It was as though the three letters G-O-D written together had a certain sacredness, which meant that we were never able to write it down ourselves. And … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Vayigash (Genesis 45:8-28) – Getting over the bumps in the road

>Spending the second year of my rabbinic programme in Israel was probably the single best decision I have ever made. I was able to build wonderful friendships with my fellow students. I was taught by inspirational teachers who made the subjects come alive and led me to deeper and further study. And most importantly, I … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Parashat Mikeitz (Genesis 42:1-23) – Overprotective Parents

>I remember the first time my sister and I were allowed to walk to the newsagents on our own. In our childhood home we lived around the corner from a small shopping strip which was the place we went to buy sweets and chocolate. The distance door-to-door could not have been much more than 100 … Continue reading