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>Two Minutes of Torah: Shemini (Leviticus 10:1-15) – The Dangers of Sacred Space

>I have a very complicated relationship with the Kotel (the Western Wall in Jerusalem). When I was in Jerusalem for my gap year, and a friend in England was seriously ill, I went to the Kotel to pray and to place a note in the wall, asking for her recovery. I believed that there was … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Tzav (Leviticus 7:22-38) Why Kosher?

>In my American Jewish history class, the teacher, Dr. David Kaufman, shared the joke about the modern Jewish family who don’t have two sets of plates and utensils, but instead have three sets. As is expected they have a set for milky foods and they have a set for meaty foods, but they also have … Continue reading

>Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

>Watching the images on the television over the last few days, it has, at times, felt like I was watching a film. What was happening was so hard to comprehend that I imagined it was the creation of a Hollywood special effects department, rather than the awesome force of nature in full flow. A natural … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Vayikra (Leviticus 2:7-3:18) – The Power of a Touch

>I know that some people have ethical issues with zoos; but as a child I loved London Zoo. I thought it was one of the best places in the entire city, filled with an amazing selection of animals. I enjoyed watching them from a distance, or through wire fences, my favourites were the sea lions … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Pekudey (Exodus 39:1-20) – Living in a Material World

>At the beginning of this week the world went Oscar crazy, as people around the world watched to see who would be the big winners. The primary focus of the evening was primarily on the films, the actors and the hundreds of men and women behind the scenes. But the second focus was on the … Continue reading