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Two Minutes of Torah: Acharei-Mot Kedoshim – Strangers amongst us

Whenever I fly into America I undergo a strange mix of emotions. Despite always being pleased about the conclusion of my journey (I’m not the best flyer) I also become nervous as I join the line for foreign passports. Over the last few years I have been to America on a student visa, on a … Continue reading

Two Minutes of Torah: Tazria-Metzora – Dealing with a disease in society

This week in Norway, the terrorist Anders Behring Breivik has been on trial for the murder of 77 people last summer. His crimes shocked the world, and appeared to come as a complete surprise to the people of Norway, who were distraught that someone like Breivik was living amongst them. On the way to his … Continue reading

Two Minutes of Torah: Shemini – Two or more…

I have always liked numbers. I am that person who enjoys number puzzles. For some reason they have a calming effect on me, numbers are a way in which I feel that I can make order out of chaos. Perhaps it is for this reason, that when I sat down to look at this week’s … Continue reading

How can we remember Shabbat Zachor?

How can we remember Shabbat Zachor? I have always been intrigued by the commandment ‘you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget it’ (Deuteronomy 25:19). Simultaneously we are told to ‘blot out the remembrance’ and to ‘not forget it’; two instructions which appear to be contradictory. This challenge … Continue reading

TMOT Podcast: Pesach

This week we have a special Torah reading for the festival of Pesach, recalling when we Israelites painted blood on the doorposts of our home. Then we had blood on the doorposts of our houses and today we have mezuzot, what is the significance of this move from blood to parchment? You can also subscribe … Continue reading