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Two Minutes of Torah: Haazinu – Holding his Head High

On the television show The Apprentice the important moment in each episode comes at the end as Donald Trump tells one of the contestants: “You’re fired”. Often the participant who is given the bad news is disappointed about missing out on a job within Trump’s organization, and regularly they are vocal in their opposition to … Continue reading

Two Minutes of Torah: Vayeilech – What’s your motto?

Rodgers and Hammerstein are famous for giving the world some of our most celebrated musicals. They have a special place in my heart because of the musical Carousel, which I have never seen. The reason is that this musical gave us the song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, which was released by the British group Gerry … Continue reading

Two Minutes of Torah: Nitzavim – Whose Torah is it Anyway?

As a Rabbi I have got used to handling Torah scrolls. We read from them on Shabbat, we practice from them during the week, we roll them into place and often we need to carry them between rooms in the synagogue. As a Rabbi handling the Torah scroll has lost some of the awe and … Continue reading

Two Minutes of Torah: Ki Tavo – Making Good Choices

Spending time with young children I have learnt about the concept of ‘good choices’ and ‘bad choices’. From a very young age children learn that they have power over their actions and the power to choose how to behave in any given situation. When they choose to share a toy with a friend they make … Continue reading