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>Two Minutes of Torah: Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:23-37) – Loving ourselves to love others

>‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Leviticus 19:18) is such a popular commandment that it has become known as “The Golden Rule”, with versions of it existing across virtually every religious tradition. Hillel, when pressed by a student interested in converting to Judaism, reformulated it as ‘That which is hateful to you, do not do to … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-17) – The Sounds of Silence

>Every Wednesday evening we have been studying the Book of Job in the WLS adult education class (you can join us at 8:30pm when we resume on the 4th May). It has been a wonderful experience to read this fascinating book alongside a great class, always finding new meaning and interpretations within the text. On … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Metzora (Leviticus 14:1-20) – Alms for an Ex-Leper

>I am rather fond of the Monty Python boys and their brand of comedy, and while it might sound strange I rather enjoy the way that they make fun of religion and religious sensibilities. It is therefore unsurprising that I particularly enjoy their film the ‘Life of Brian’. While some may consider it sacrilegious, I … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Tazria (Leviticus 13:47-59) – Sick Clothing

>As we continue through the book of Leviticus, this week we break from the focus on sacrifices and move to the subject of impurity, skin disease and bodily discharges. Often the Jewish calendar allows us to combine the Torah portions of Tazria and Metzora, so that in one single Shabbat we are able to read … Continue reading