Two Minutes of Torah

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Two Minutes of Torah: Bo – Taking Responsibility

I’m sure I’m not the only one who struggles with Ikea furniture. It’s not that the instructions are not clear, it’s more a case of the fact that I am somewhat challenged in my ability to put the furniture together. In contrast my father seems to consider Ikea furniture to be some form of puzzle-game, … Continue reading

Two Minutes of Torah: Va’era – Asking for help

Remember the Titans is one of the great sports movies. It tells the story of a football team in a Virginia High School which was forced to overcome racial division, prejudice and animosity to try and achieve success on the field. Amongst the many elements of the film, one of the central storylines is about … Continue reading

Two Minutes of Torah: Shemot – Righteous Gentiles in Egypt

At the beginning of 2011, while protests were happening in Egypt against the regime of Hosni Mubarak, a joke did the rounds, which claimed that the Jews had warned the Egyptians that they would refuse to rebuild the pyramids if they got destroyed by the violent protests which swept through the country. This joke may … Continue reading

Two Minutes of Torah: Vayechi – Taking the good with the bad

I can’t remember the first time when I heard the blessing which is given to children, but I know that throughout my youth I was confused as to the choices made in this blessing. Traditionally on Shabbat we bless our children, and to the boys we say: “May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh”, … Continue reading

Two Minutes of Torah: Vayigash – Gotta find my purpose

In the musical Avenue Q, the story begins with Princeton, a recent college graduate trying to find his way in the world. He is unsure what he is supposed to do or who he is supposed to become. As he sings: ‘I don’t know how I know, but I’m going to find my purpose… gotta … Continue reading