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Good Shabbos

  • GOOD SHABBOS 813 – PARSHAT VAYIKRAH 2018
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 812 – PARSHAT VAYAKHEL – PEKUDEI/PARAH 2018
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 811 – PARSHAT KI TISSA 2018
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 810 – PARSHAT TETZAVEH 2018
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 809 – PARSHAT TERUMAH 2018
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 808 – PARSHAT MISHPATIM-SHEKALIM 2018
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 807 – PARSHAT YITRO 2018
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 806 – PARSHAT BESHALACH 2018
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 805 – PARSHAT BO 2018
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 804 – PARSHAT VAERA 2018
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 803 – PARSHAT SHEMOT 2018
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 802 – PARSHAT VAYECHI 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 801 – PARSHAT VAYIGASH 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 800 – PARSHAT MIKETZ 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 799 – PARSHAT VAYEISHEV 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 798 – PARSHAT VAYISHLACH 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 797 – PARSHAT VAYEITZEI 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 796 – PARSHAT TOLDOT 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 795 – PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 794 – PARSHAT VAYEIRA 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 793 – PARSHAT LECH LECHA 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 792 – PARSHAT NOACH 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 791 – PARSHAT BEREISHIT 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 790 – SUCCOT AND SHABBAT CHOL HAMOED 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 789 – YOM KIPPUR 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 788 – PARSHAT HAAZINU 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 787 – PARSHAT NITZAVIM VAYELECH 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 786 – PARSHAT KI TAVO 5777
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 785 – PARSHAT KI TEITZEI 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 784 – PARSHAT SHOFTIM 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 783 – PARSHAT RE’EH 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 782 – PARSHAT EIKEV 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 781 – PARSHAT VAETCHANAN 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 780 – PARSHAT DEVARIM 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 779 – PARSHAT MATOT MASEI 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 778 – PARSHAT PINCHAS 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 777 – PARSHAT BALAK 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 776 – PARSHAT CHUKAT 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 775 – PARSHAT KORACH 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 774 – PARSHAT SHELACH 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 773 – PARSHAT BEHAALOTCHA 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 772 – PARSHAT NASSO 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 771 – PARSHAT BAMIDBAR 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 770 – PARSHAT BEHAR-BECHUKOTAI 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 769 – PARSHAT EMOR 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 768 – PARSHAT ACHAREI MOT-KEDOSHIM 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 767 – PARSHAT TAZRIA-METZORA 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 766 – PARSHAT SHEMINI 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 765 – PARSHAT TZAV 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 764 – PARSHAT VAYIKRAH 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 763 – PARSHAT VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 762 – PARSHAT KI TISSA 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 761 – PARSHAT TETZAVEH – PARSHAT ZACHOR 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 760 – PARSHAT TERUMAH 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 759 – PARSHAT MISHPATIM/SHEKALIM 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 758 – PARSHAT YITRO 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 757 – PARSHAT BESHALACH 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 756 – PARSHAT BO 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 755 – PARSHAT VAEIRA 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 754 – PARSHAT SHMOT 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 753 – PARSHAT VAYECHI 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 752 – PARSHAT VAYIGASH 2017
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 751 – PARSHAT MIKETZ 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 750 – PARSHAT VAYEISHEV 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 749 – PARSHAT VAYISHLACH 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 748 – PARSHAT VAYEITZEI 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 747 – PARSHAT TOLDOT 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 746 – PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 745 – PARSHAT VAYEIRA 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 744 – PARSHAT LECH LECHA 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 743 – PARSHAT NOACH 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 742 – PARSHAT BEREISHIT 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 741 – SHABBAT CHOL HAMOED SUCCOT 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 740 – PARSHAT HAAZINU 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 739 – PARSHAT VAYEILECH 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 738 – PARSHAT NITZAVIM 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 737 – PARSHAT KI TAVO 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 736 – PARSHAT KI TEITZEI 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 735 – PARSHAT SHOFTIM 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 734 – PARSHAT RE’EH 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 733 – PARSHAT EIKEV 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 732 – PARSHAT VAETCHANAN 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 731 – PARSHAT DEVARIM 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 730 – PARSHAT MATOT-MASEI 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 729 – PARSHAT PINCHAS 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 728 – PARSHAT BALAK 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 727 – PARSHAT CHUKAT 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 726 – PARSHAT KORACH 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 725 – PARSHAT SHELACH 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 724 – PARSHAT BEHAALOTCHA 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 723 – PARSHAT NASSO 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 722 – PARSHAT BAMIDBAR 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 721 – PARSHAT BECHUKOTAI 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 720 – PARSHAT BEHAR 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 719 – PARSHAT EMOR 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 718 – PARSHAT KEDOSHIM 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 717 – PARSHAT ACHAREI MOT 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 716 – PARSHAT METZORA 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 715 – PARSHAT TAZRIA 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 714 – PARSHAT SHEMINI – PARAH 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 713 – PARSHAT TZAV 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 712 – PARSHAT VAYIKRAH 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 711 – PARSHAT PEKUDEI 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 710 – PARSHAT VAYAKHEL – SHEKALIM 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 709 – PARSHAT KI TISSA 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 708 – PARSHAT TETZAVEH 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 707 – PARSHAT TERUMAH 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 706 – PARSHA MISHPATIM 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 705 – PARSHAT YITRO 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 704 – PARSHAT BESHALACH 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 703 – PARSHAT BO 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 702 – PARSHAT VAEIRA 2016
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 701 – PARSHAT SHMOT 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 700 – PARSHAT VAYECHI 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 699 – PARSHAT VAYIGASH 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 698 – PARSHAT MIKETZ 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 697 – PARSHAT VAYEISHEV 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 696 – PARSHAT VAYISHLACH 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 695 – PARSHAT VAYEITZEI 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 694 – PARSHAT TOLDOT 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 693 – PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 692 – PARSHAT VAYEIRA 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 691 – PARSHAT LECH LECHA 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 690 – PARSHAT NOACH 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 689 – PARSHAT BEREISHIT 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS – SHABBAT CHOL HAMOED SUCCOT 2015
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  • GOOD YOM TOV – SUCCOT 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 688 – PARSHAT HAAZINU 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 687 – PARSHAT VAYELECH 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 686 – PARSHAT NITZAVIM 5775
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 685 – PARSHAT KI TAVO 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 684 – PARSHAT KI TEITZEI 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 683 – PARSHAT SHOFTIM 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 682 – PARSHAT RE’EH 5775
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 681 – PARSHAT EIKEV 5775
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 680 – PARSHAT VAETCHANAN 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 679 – PARSHAT DEVARIM 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 678 – PARSHAT MATOT MASEI 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 677 – PARSHAT PINCHAS 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 676 – PARSHAT BALAK 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 675 – PARSHAT CHUKAT 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 674 – PARSHAT KORACH 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 673 – PARSHAT SHELACH 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 672 – PARSHAT BEHAALOTCHA 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 671 – PARSHAT NASSO 2015
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  • SHAVUOT NEWSLETTER 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 670 – PARSHAT BAMIDBAR 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 669 – PARSHAT BEHAR BECHUKOTAI 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 668 – PARSHAT EMOR 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 667 – PARSHAT ACHAREI MOT KEDOSHIM 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 666 – PARSHA TAZRIA METZORA 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 665 – PARSHA SHEMINI 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 664 – PARSHAT TZAV 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 663 – PARSHAT VAYIKRAH 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 662 – PARSHAT VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI / PARAH 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 661 – PARSHAT KI TISA 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 660 – PARSHAT TETZAVEH 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 659 – PARSHAT TERUMAH 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 658 – PARSHAT MISHPATIM/SHEKALIM 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 657 – PARSHAT YITRO 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 656 – PARSHAT BESHALACH 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 655 – PARSHAT BO 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 654 – PARSHAT VAEIRA 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 653 – PARSHAT SHMOT 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 652 – PARSHAT VAYECHI 2015
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 651 – PARSHAT VAYIGASH 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 650 – PARSHAT MIKEITZ 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 649 – PARSHAT VAYEISHEV 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 648 – PARSHAT VAYISHLACH 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 647 – PARSHAT VAYEITZEI 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 646 – PARSHAT TOLDOT 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 645 – PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 644 – PARSHAT VAYEIRA 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 643 – PARSHAT LECH LECHA 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 642 – PARSHAT NOACH 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 641 – PARSHAT BEREISHIT 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 640 – PARSHAT HAAZINU 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 639 – PARSHAT NITZAVIM VAYELECH 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 638 – PARSHAT KI TAVO 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 637 – PARSHAT KI TEITZEI 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 636 – PARSHAT SHOFTIM 2014
  • Goodshabbos636

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  • GOOD SHABBOS 635 – PARSHAT RE’EH 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 634 – PARSHAT EIKEV 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 633 – PARSHAT VAETCHANAN 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 632 – PARSHAT DEVARIM 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 631 – PARSHAT MASEI 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 630 – PARSHAT MATOT 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 629 – PARSHAT PINCHUS 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 628 – PARSHAT BALAK 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 627 – PARSHAT CHUKAT 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 626 – PARSHAT KORACH 5774
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 625 – PARSHAT SHELACH 5774
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 624 – PARSHAT BEHA’ALOTCHA 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 623 – Parshat Nasso 2014
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  • Shavuot Newsletter 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 622 – Parshat Bamidbar 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 621 – PARSHAT BECHUKOTAI 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 620 -PARSHAT BEHAR 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 615 – PARSHAT TAZRIA 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 612 – PARSHAT VAYIKRAH 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 611 -PARSHAT PEKUDEI 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 610 – PARSHAT VAYAKHEL 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 609 – PARSHAT KI TISSA 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 608 – Parshat Tetzaveh 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 607 – PARSHAT TERUMAH 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 606 – PARSHAT MISHPATIM 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 605 – Parshat Yitro 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 604 – PARSHAT BESHALACH 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 603 – PARSHAT BO 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 614 – PARSHAT SHEMINI 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 613 – PARSHAT TZAV 2014
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  • GOOD SHABBOS 619 – PARSHAT EMOR – 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 616 – Parshat Metzora – 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 618 – Parshat Kedoshim – 2014
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  • Good Shabbos 617 – Parshat Acharei Mot – 2014
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  • PARSHAT EIKEV – 26/27 JULY 2013
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 980
    Living Torah Pg 904

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1197
    Living Torah Pg 1229

    NEVER STOP LEARNING

    This week Britons celebrated the birth of the infant son of Prince William and Duchess Catherine. His (yet to be named) royal highness is third in line to the throne and will undoubtedly receive a privileged upbringing and first-class education. He will be cared for by the best of governesses; schooled at the most elite primary and secondary institutions and will most likely study at Oxford or Cambridge. Like his father, the young prince will attend a military academy for his

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  • PARSHAT VAETCHANAN – SHABBAT NACHAMU – 19/20 JULY 2013
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 958
    Living Torah Pg 884

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1196
    Living Torah Pg 1225

    THE RODENT THAT CONSOLES

    There are many mysterious texts that the Jewish people have preserved throughout their long exile. One of these is Perek Shira, a short Midrashic (homiletic) work of unclear authorship. Perek Shira, as its name implies, is a song, but a very unusual one. It is the song that is sung by the forces of nature, the great heavenly bodies and the myriad creatures that walk, fly and swim on the earth.

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  • PARSHAT DEVARIM – SHABBAT CHAZON – 12/13 JULY 2013
  • PARSHA:
    ArtscrollPg938
    Living Torah Pg 866

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg1195
    Living Torah Pg1223

    DAMNED IF YOU DO AND DAMNED IF YOU DONT*

    As Nelson Mandela languishes in a hospital ward while the world waits with bated breath, many are pondering the great leaders contributions. What qualities set Madiba apart from other leaders? How was he able to unite a nation that had previously been so separate? Was it his charisma? His ability to forgive? His integrity? I am sure this question will be debated for years to come. Leadership comes with a multitude of challenges and those considering positions of leadership have to be realistic about what they are getting themselves into.

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  • PARSHAT MATOT MASEI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 5/6 JULY 2013
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 900
    Living Torah Pg 822

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1193
    Living Torah Pg 1217

    BOUNDARIES

    A little boy had just attended his first geography lesson and was both excited and puzzled. He was fascinated by the map of the world with its array of colours, lines and figures. But he was also confused by something and his teacher, noting his serious demeanour, walked over to assist.

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  • PARSHAT PINCHAS – 28/29 JUNE 2013
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 876
    Living Torah Pg 798

    HAFTORAH (THREE WEEKS OF MOURNING):
    Artscroll Pg 1192
    Living Torah Pg 1213

    DO YOU EXPECT ME TO TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY?

    The festivals are times of great joy in the Jewish calendar. Each has its own personality, as unique as the mussaf (additional) offerings that were brought in the Temple on each festive day. A description of these offerings appears at the end of the parsha (Bamidbar 28 and 29). In that lengthy section the Torah refers to Yom Tov as a mikra kodesh, a holy convocation,

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  • PARSHAT CHUKAT – 14/15 JUNE 2013
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 839
    Living Torah Pg 757

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1187
    Living Torah Pg 1201

    NO ENTRY

    There is a great deal one can say about Yair Lapid. He is a former TV presenter and news anchor; he is an actor, a journalist, a playwright and a best-selling author of thrillers, childrens books and a biography of his equally famous father, Yosef

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  • PARSHAT KORACH – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 7/8 JUNE 2013
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 820
    Living Torah Pg 740

    MAFTIR (ROSH CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 890
    Living Torah Pg 814

    HAFTORAH (ROSH CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 1208
    Living Torah Pg 1267

    GREEN FROM ENVY

    It is not uncommon to see Jews argue over food. I have seen it at weddings, bar mitzvahs and the Shabbat Kiddush. Sometimes the issue is the quality, sometimes the quantity and occasionally its a simple matter of who gets to the buffet table first. It is not uncommon to see Jews argue over money. I have seen families spilt apart by inheritances;

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  • PARSHAT SHELACH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 31 MAY/1 JUNE 2013
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 798
    Living Torah Pg 722

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1184
    Living Torah Pg 1193

    DONT DO ME ANY MORE FAVOURS

    Shortly after receiving my semicha (rabbinical ordination) I received a call from a shul to consider becoming their assistant rabbi. I had no knowledge of the community at all and, in an attempt to discover whether the position was appropriate, I consulted with a friend whose wifes parents had attended that shul. He answered me with the following line from this weeks parsha (Bamidbar 13:32):

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  • PARSHAT BEHAALOTCHA – 24/25 MAY 2013
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 774
    Living Torah Pg 702

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1182
    Living Torah Pg 1189

    SUPERHERO

    In May 2012 the film The Avengers, featuring the all-star team of super-marketed comic book heroes, including Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Captain America, opened in cinemas. The films box office takings on its opening weekend were $200.3 million (R1602.4 million), the largest debut of all time! (From USATODAY.com) This amount of money could rival the GDP of some small countries. It could keep the Jewish community in South Africa going indefinitely, if invested wisely. Tim Briody of Boxofficeprophets.com called the opening

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  • PARSHAT NASSO – 17/18 MAY 2013 – 9 SIVAN 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 748
    Living Torah Pg 676

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1181
    Living Torah Pg 1185

    THE PORTABLE ARK

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  • PARSHAT BAMIDBAR – YOM HAMEYUCHAS* – 10/11 MAY 2013
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 726
    Living Torah Pg 654

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1180
    Living Torah Pg 1183

    THE REAL OWNER

    Some years ago, my wife went to see a film with some friends. A few minutes into the screening, the projector was switched off, the lights went on and the cinema manager came into the theatre. He asked everyone to move to the seat-number that appeared on their ticket. Immediately more than half of the members of the audience got up and moved to the correct seat! Evidently some people had come into the theatre a few minutes late only to discover their seats occupied by someone else.

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  • PARSHAT BEHAR BECHUKOTAI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 3/4 MAY – 24 IYAR
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 696
    Living Torah Pg 630

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1179
    Living Torah Pg 1179

    THE GOLDEN CITY

    Jerusalem! What a remarkable city. Its very name conjures up myriad thoughts and images in the minds of humanity. It is at once the city of peace, having the word

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  • PARSHAT EMOR – 26/27 APRIL 2013
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 672
    Living Torah Pg 610

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1176
    Living Torah Pg 1173

    BLEMISHED

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  • NUMBER 568
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 636
    Living Torah Pg 584

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1173
    Living Torah Pg 1167

    I WOULD LIKE TO DO IT

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  • PARSHAT TAZRIA METZORA – 12/13 APRIL 2013
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 608
    Living Torah Pg 556

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1172
    Living Torah Pg 1161

    NO BABY, NO CRY?

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  • PARSHAT SHEMINI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 5/6 APRIL 2013 – 26 NISSAN 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 588
    Living Torah Pg 536

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1168
    Living Torah Pg 1149

    HUSH!

    The tragic loss of Aarons two eldest sons, Nadav and Avihu, is described in our parsha (Vayikrah 10:1-2). It happened on what should have been the happiest day for their father, the day on which the Tabernacle was inaugurated and the Cohanim were initiated into their holy duties. Moses, turning to his brother, remarked (ibid verse 3),

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  • PARSHAT VAYAKHEL PEKUDEI – PARSHAT HACHODESH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 8/9 MARCH – 27 ADAR
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 516
    Living Torah Pg 464

    MAFTIR (HACHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 348
    Living Torah Pg 308

    HAFTORAH (HACHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 1218
    Living Torah Pg 1283

    THE DAY AFTER

    There is a little known custom that appears in the commentaries of the Code of Jewish Law right at the end of the section dealing with Yom Kippur (Beer Heitev, 624:6):

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  • PARSHAT KI TISSA – PARSHAT PARAH – 1/2 MARCH 2013 – 20 ADAR 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 484
    Living Torah Pg 440

    MAFTIR (PARAH):
    Artscroll Pg 838
    Living Torah Pg 756

    HAFTORAH (PARAH):
    Artscroll Pg 1216
    Living Torah Pg 1279

    IDOL WORSHIP

    South Africa is still reeling from the shock of the death of Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend of legendary double-amputee para-Olympian, Oscar Pistorius. What really happened that night in Pretoria might never be known but whatever the truth may be, the citizens of the Rainbow Nation have had their hopes dashed. In the Sunday Times Review (24 February), clinical psychologist Judith Ancer asks,

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  • PARSHAT MISHPATIM – PARSHAT MISHPATIM – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 8/9 FEB 2013 – 29 SHEVET 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 416
    Living Torah Pg 356

    MAFTIR (SHEKALIM):
    Artscroll Pg 484
    Living Torah Pg 440

    HAFTORAH (SHEKELIM):
    Artscroll Pg 1212
    Living Torah Pg 1271

    HEAL ME

    Science and religion has often been at odds. Issues such as evolution versus creationism and the age of the universe are two of the most controversial areas of debate, but there are many others. The development of modern medicine has also raised many challenges for certain religious communities. Issues such as abortion, stem-cell research, euthanasia, contraception, cloning and organ transplant are examples of where religion and medicine clash.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MISHPATIM – PARSHAT MISHPATIM – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 8/9 FEB 2013 – 29 SHEVET 5773  »

  • PARSHAT BESHALACH – SHABBAT SHIRAH – TU BISHEVAT – 25/26 JANUARY 2013 – 15 SHEVAT 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 366
    Living Torah Pg 320

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1152
    Living Torah Pg 1105

    BE QUIET!

    In our parsha the Torah (Shmot 14:10-14) describes the dramatic events that led to the splitting of the Red Sea:

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  • PARSHAT BO – 18/19 JANUARY 2013 – 8 SHEVAT 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 340
    Living Torah Pg 300

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1151
    Living Torah Pg 1103

    KEEP YOUR WORD

    Prior to the tenth and final plague, God communicates with Moses, instructing him (Shmot 11:2):

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  • PARSHAT VAEIRA – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 11/12 JANUARY 2013 – 1 SHEVAT 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 318
    Living Torah Pg 280

    MAFTIR (ROSH CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 890
    Living Torah Pg 814

    HAFTORAH (ROSH CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 1208
    Livng Torah Pg 1267

    FIRE AND ICE

    Cape Town has many forms of accommodation, from elegant five-star hotels, like the Mount Nelson, to standard budget bed and breakfast establishments. But for the traveller or tourist who wants something different there is the Protea Hotel Fire and Ice! The Protea Hotel website declares:

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  • PARSHAT SHMOT – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 4/5 JANUARY 2013 – 23 TEVET 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 292
    Living Torah Pg 258

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1147
    Living Torah Pg 1095

    THE GIFT OF LIFE

    As the world ushers in a new year, it looks forward expectantly to a better twelve months. 2012 was a difficult period that brought with it war, drought, civil unrest, terrible storms, financial upheaval and great uncertainty about the future. Some, citing the mysterious Mayan calendar, believed that the world would end in December 2012. I am sure many are actually disappointed that it did not. For them, life is so intolerable that death presents a far more pleasant option.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHMOT – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 4/5 JANUARY 2013 – 23 TEVET 5773  »

  • PARSHAT VAYECHI – 28/29 DECEMBER 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 268
    Living Torah Pg 240

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1145
    Living Torah Pg 1091

    GET UP!

    Jewish women are wild animals.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYECHI – 28/29 DECEMBER 2012  »

  • PARSHAT VAYIGASH – 21/22 DECEMBER 2012 – 9 TEVET 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 250
    Living Torah Pg 222

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1144
    Living Torah Pg 1087

    GOOD HABITS

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  • PARSHAT MIKEITZ – SHABBAT CHANUKAH – 14/15 DECEMBER 2012 – 2 TEVET 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 222
    Living Torah Pg 200

    MAFTIR (CHANUKAH DAY 7):
    Artscroll Pg 770
    Living Torah Pg 697

    HAFTORAH (CHANUKAH):
    Artscroll Pg 1210
    Living Torah Pg 1361

    UNATTENDED LUGGAGE

    The month of December is a time of holidays and with vacations comes travel. Travelling from one place to another is not without its risks, regardless of ones mode of transport. The parshiyot we are currently studying – Vayeishev, Mikeitz and Vayigash – contain a great deal of travelling, be it Josephs involuntary journey to Egypt, Jacobs sons many trips from Canaan to Egypt and back and the great trek of Jacobs family to their first exile.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MIKEITZ – SHABBAT CHANUKAH – 14/15 DECEMBER 2012 – 2 TEVET 5773  »

  • PARSHAT VAYEISHEV – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – EREV CHANUKAH – 7/8 DECEMBER 2012 – 24 KISLEV 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 198
    Living Torah Pg 182

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1142
    Living Torah Pg 1083

    THE SMALL THINGS IN LIFE

    One cold wintry day, the late Rosh Yeshiva of Telz, Cleveland, Rabbi Mordechai Gifter, of blessed memory (who was the teacher of my Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Azriel Chaim Goldfein, of blessed memory), was at the airline checkout counter of Cleveland’s airport, about to embark on a trip to New York. One of his close students had enclosed nine Cleveland-New York airline tickets inside the invitation to his wedding. Rabbi Gifter and eight of his students ascended the aircraft. After packing away their hand luggage in the overhead compartments,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYEISHEV – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – EREV CHANUKAH – 7/8 DECEMBER 2012 – 24 KISLEV 5773  »

  • PARSHAT VAYISHLACH – 30 NOVEMBER/1 DECEMBER 2012 – 17 KISLEV 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 170
    Living Torah Pg 154

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1141
    Living Torah Pg 1079

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYISHLACH – 30 NOVEMBER/1 DECEMBER 2012 – 17 KISLEV 5773  »

  • PARSHAT VAYEITZEI – 23/24 NOVEMBER 2012 – 10 KISLEV 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 144
    Living Torah Pg 130

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1139
    Living Torah Pg 1075

    FREE LOVE

    A few years ago I stumbled upon a family tree on the internet that contained my name. Intrigued, I began to follow the many branches going back generations and in the process I discovered

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  • PARSHAT TOLDOT – 16/17 NOVEMBER 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 124
    Living Torah Pg 116

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1137
    Living Torah Pg 1071

    NOT ON BREAD ALONE

    A man was very eager to meet his future son-in-law. His daughter had gone to a seminary for women in Israel and gotten engaged unexpectedly to a young yeshiva bochur. This weekend would be their first time meeting him. He told all of his friends at work he had a whole list of questions to ask this young man. On Friday night after shul and supper, he invited his soon to be son-in-law for a private lchaim in the lounge of his large home.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TOLDOT – 16/17 NOVEMBER 2012  »

  • PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 9/10 NOVEMBER 2012 – 25 CHESHVAN 5773
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 106
    Living Torah Pg 100

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1136
    Living Torah Pg 1067

    MATCHES AND HATCHES

    Writing in Elle Magazine (July 2012), Sizakele Marutlulle, the CEO of Grey Advertising, challenges the readers to spot the difference between

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  • PARSHAT VAYEIRA – 2/3 NOVEMBER 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 78
    Living Torah Pg 78

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1134
    Living Torah Pg 1061

    AT YOUR SERVICE

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYEIRA – 2/3 NOVEMBER 2012  »

  • PARSHAT LECH LECHA – 26/27 OCTOBER 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 54
    Living Torah Pg 52

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1133
    Living Torah Pg 1059

    LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD

    Prior to the creation of the State of Israel, there was an attempt made by certain role-players to

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  • PARSHAT NOACH – 19/20 OCTOBER 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 30
    Living Torah 26

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1131
    Living Torah Pg 1055

    LEAST LIKELY TO SUCCEED

    One cold Shabbat morning during my high school career, I was walking from my home to shul when suddenly I heard behind me a familiar voice calling my name. I turned around and was quite puzzled to see a young lady who attended the same co-ed Jewish day school that I did. I waited until she caught up with me and then, in a rather awkward manner, I asked her where she was going. She replied that she, too, was headed for shul and that she was quite pleased that she would now have some company.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT NOACH – 19/20 OCTOBER 2012  »

  • PARSHAT BEREISHIT – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 12/13 OCTOBER 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 2
    Living Torah Pg 2

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1130
    Living Torah Pg 1051

    THE BEGINNING

    This Tuesday, on Simchat Torah, we joyously completed the book of Devarim and thereby the annual cycle of the public reading of the Torah. As the last verse was read, everyone present in shul shouted Chazak! Chazak! Vnitchazeik! Be strong! Be strong! And may we be strengthened!

    This ancient formula is a type of pledge, a promise that we will fortify ourselves in the realm of Torah study and continue undeterred with the new cycle of the public reading.

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  • PARSHAT HAAZINU – 28/29 SEPTEMBER 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1100
    Living Torah Pg 1024

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1205
    Living Torah Pg 1251

    THE LITTLE MAN

    In Mosess epic song, which makes up the vast majority of this weeks parsha, the aged leader combines rebuke, praise, history and prophecy. His song is motivational and inspiring, but also contains stern warnings about the consequences of forsaking G-ds Law. Towards the beginning of the song Moses asks the Children of Israel to consult with their elders in order to discover G-ds many kindnesses to them in the past. One of these is (Devarim 32:10):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT HAAZINU – 28/29 SEPTEMBER 2012  »

  • PARSHAT VAYELECH – SHABBAT SHUVAH – 21/22 SEPTEMBER 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1094
    Living Torah Pg 1018

    HAFTORAH: (SHABBAT SHUVAH)
    Artscroll Pg 1204
    Living Torah Pg 1247

    HERITAGE

    This Monday 24 September is the South African public holiday known as Heritage Day. According to the official government website (www.info.gov.za/aboutsa/holidays.htm), “The day is one of our newly created public holidays and its significance rests in recognising aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and difficult to pin down: creative expression, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the land in which we live. Within a broader social and political context, the day’s events  » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYELECH – SHABBAT SHUVAH – 21/22 SEPTEMBER 2012  »

  • PARSHAT NITZAVIM – 14/15 SEPTEMBER 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1086
    Living Torah Pg 1010

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1202
    Living Torah Pg 1243

    THE LIPS AND THE HEART

    Our parsha contains one of the Torahs most motivating statements regarding the accessibility of Judaism:

     » Read more about: PARSHAT NITZAVIM – 14/15 SEPTEMBER 2012  »

  • PARSHAT KI TAVO – 7/8 SEPTEMBER 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1068
    Living Torah Pg 988

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1201
    Living Torah Pg 1241

    WHAT COULD YOU DO WITHOUT?

    The Jewish Life magazine used to contain a feature towards the end of the publication in which the editor profiled well-known South African Jewish personalities. The format of the article was a clever one: what if you, the personality in question, were trapped on a desert island and could only take with a small number of personal belongings, what would you take? The answer to this question reveals a great deal about the value system of the individual. Some people answered that they could not do without their music,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KI TAVO – 7/8 SEPTEMBER 2012  »

  • PARSHAT KI TEITZEI – 31 AUGUST/1 SEPTEMBER 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1046
    Living Torah Pg 966

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1201 and 1199
    Living Torah Pg 1239 and 1233

    HATRED

    There is one product that has weathered the economic recession and weathered it well. When car-manufacturers and retailers were going out of business, sales of this product continued to increase. Property sales may have plummeted, but interest in this product never waned. New technologies replaced

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KI TEITZEI – 31 AUGUST/1 SEPTEMBER 2012  »

  • PARSHAT SHOFTIM – WOMEN’S LEARNING WEEK – 24/25 AUGUST 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1024
    Living Torah Pg 948

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1199
    Living Torah Pg 1235

    COPYRIGHT

    One of the most intriguing prohibitions in the book of Devarim appears in this weeks parsha (Devarim 19:14):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHOFTIM – WOMEN’S LEARNING WEEK – 24/25 AUGUST 2012  »

  • PARSHAT REEH – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 17/18 AUGUST 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 998
    Living Torah Pg 924

    MAFTIR (ROSH CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 890
    Living Torah Pg 814

    HAFTORAH (ROSH CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 1208
    Living Torah Pg 1267

    WHEN A BLESSING BECOMES A CURSE

     » Read more about: PARSHAT REEH – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 17/18 AUGUST 2012  »

  • PARSHAT EIKEV – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 10/11 AUGUST 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 980
    Living Torah Pg 904

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1197
    Living Torah Pg 1229

    JEWISH OLYMPICS

    The modern Olympic Games are the largest sporting event in the world. They bring together the greatest athletes from around the globe who compete in a myriad of events. It is a great privilege, as well as a lucrative financial opportunity, for a country to host the Games. At the moment the eyes of the world are focused on London where the 2012 Games are drawing to a close. The Olympics celebrate and reward the very best of physical ability, honed and perfected by rigorous training regimes and assisted by the most up-to-date technology.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT EIKEV – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 10/11 AUGUST 2012  »

  • PARSHAT DEVARIM – SHABBAT CHAZON – EREV TISHA BAV – 27/28 JULY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 938
    Living Torah Pg 866

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1195
    Living Torah Pg 1223

    TISHA B’AV AND BASELESS HATRED

    What causes empires to fall and kings to be dethroned? What are the factors that cause governments to topple and new regimes to be installed? How do once-mighty nations become insignificant players on the world scene? Why are entire populations exiled from their lands, never to return? Historians trace the political changes that bring about such transformations, while economists look for underlying trends in the financial stability of the realms. The sages of Israel, whilst not ignoring these factors, sought spiritual causes for historical events.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT DEVARIM – SHABBAT CHAZON – EREV TISHA BAV – 27/28 JULY 2012  »

  • PARSHAT MATOT MASEI – 20/21 JULY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 900
    Living Torah Pg 822

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1193
    Living Torah Pg 1217

    NO PLACE LIKE HOME

    My family and I recently returned from a two-week visit to see my in-laws in Johannesburg. The

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MATOT MASEI – 20/21 JULY 2012  »

  • PARSHAT PINCHAS – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 13/14 JULY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 876
    Living Torah Pg 798

    HAFTORAH (THREE WEEKS OF MOURNING):
    Artscroll Pg 1192
    Living Torah Pg 1213

    WAR CRY

    Following the debacle of the Midianite women who tempted many of the Israelite men to worship their deity Peor and to act promiscuously, Hashem commanded Moses (Bamidbar 25:17-18):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT PINCHAS – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 13/14 JULY 2012  »

  • PARSHAT BALAK – 6/7 JULY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 856
    Living Torah Pg 778

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1189
    Living Torah Pg 1207

    WASPS, HONEY AND STINGS

    Bilaam is one of the arch-villains of the Bible. He was a cold-blooded mercenary who would take anyones money to curse their enemies with his supernatural powers. He had a particular loathing for the Jews and, according to the Talmud (Sanhedrin 106a), he was the only one of Pharaohs three advisors (the others were Yitro and Job) who encouraged the Egyptian king to persecute the Children of Israel. He is described by our sages (Pirkei Avot 5:22) as possessing three negative character traits: an evil eye,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BALAK – 6/7 JULY 2012  »

  • PARSHAT CHUKAT – 29/30 JUNE 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 839
    Living Torah Pg 757

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1187
    Living Torah Pg 1201

    WATER FROM A STONE

    Fundraising is a vital aspect of any Jewish organization. Without the generosity of donors many schools, shuls, welfare groups and other communal bodies could not offer their vital services. There are people who welcome the visits or calls of fundraisers with open arms – they appreciate how difficult it must be to ask for money and they respond to requests for funds with sensitivity and generosity. But then there are those donors who, although wealthy, find it very difficult to part with their money.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT CHUKAT – 29/30 JUNE 2012  »

  • PARSHAT KORACH – 22/23 JUNE 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 820
    Living Torah Pg 740

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1186
    Living Torah Pg 1197

    A FINE COIN

    Over the years my office has become a drop-off point for several charitable institutions charity boxes or pushkes, as they are better known throughout the Jewish world. Although I usually forward these items to the particular charities, occasionally I open the pushkes, count the money and then arrange for it to be deposited into the charitys bank account. Counting money is a very interesting experience. I once had about eight tins from one charity and I spent about two hours sorting out the various notes and coins into the correct denominations so that the bank would accept them.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KORACH – 22/23 JUNE 2012  »

  • PARSHAT SHELACH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 15/16 JUNE 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 798
    Living Torah Pg 722

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1184
    Living Torah Pg 1193

    YOUTH

    There is a custom that appears frequently in the Talmud and Midrash that appears at first glance to be rather strange. A Torah scholar approaches a young cheder child and asks him

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHELACH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 15/16 JUNE 2012  »

  • PARSHAT BEHAALOTCHA – 8/9 JUNE 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 774
    Living Torah Pg 702

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1182
    Living Torah Pg 1189

    THE ARK

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BEHAALOTCHA – 8/9 JUNE 2012  »

  • PARSHAT NASSO – 1/2 JUNE 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 748
    Living Torah Pg 676

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1181
    Living Torah Pg 1185

    YOU ARE HEREBY EXPELLED

    A short section in this weeks parsha seems, at first glance, to contain a directive that has very little relevance to the modern period. G-d tells Moses to command the Children of Israel (Bamidbar 5:2-3):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT NASSO – 1/2 JUNE 2012  »

  • PARSHAT BAMIDBAR – EREV SHAVUOT – 25/26 MAY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 726
    Living Torah Pg 654

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1180
    Living Torah Pg 1182

    NO ONES GOOD ENOUGH

    What do the following names have in common: Jake Gylenhall, Leonardo Dicaprio, Matthew McConaughey, George Clooney, Orlando Bloom, Colin Farrell and Keanu Reeves? Firstly, they are all top actors but, more importantly, they are some of Hollywoods most eligible bachelors. On the screen they always walk off into the sunset with the leading lady, but when not in front of the cameras they seem incapable or just plain disinterested in settling down. One would think that men such as these, who possess good looks,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BAMIDBAR – EREV SHAVUOT – 25/26 MAY 2012  »

  • PARSHAT BEHAR BECHUKOTAI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 18/19 MAY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 696
    Living Torah Pg 630

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1179
    Living Torah Pg 1179

    THIS TORAH IS MY TORAH, THIS TORAH IS YOUR TORAH

    The parsha of Bechukotai, which is perhaps best known for the rebuke and promise of punishment it contains, actually begins on a very positive note (Vayikrah 26:3-4):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BEHAR BECHUKOTAI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 18/19 MAY 2012  »

  • PARSHAT EMOR – 11/12 MAY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 672
    Living Torah Pg 610
    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1176
    Living Torah Pg 1173
    The Never-Ending Link  » Read more about: PARSHAT EMOR – 11/12 MAY 2012  »

  • PARSHAT ACHAREI MOT KEDOSHIM – 4/5 MAY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 636
    Living Torah Pg 584

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1173
    Living Torah Pg 1167

    ITS ALIVE!

    Parshat Kedoshim contains a directive whose fulfilment affects our entire attitude towards Judaism:

     » Read more about: PARSHAT ACHAREI MOT KEDOSHIM – 4/5 MAY 2012  »

  • PARSHAT TAZRIA METZORA – 27/28 APRIL 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 608
    Living Torah Pg 556

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1172
    Living Torah Pg 1161

    PROJECTION
    Last year, around the time of parshat Tazria, I attended an event at the Gardens Shul that made my heart proud, for three reasons. Firstly, it was extremely moving to see a shul packed to the hilt with Jews. Secondly, it was wonderful to see so many Jews from different walks of life gathered together to give their support to Israel. And, thirdly, it was invigorating to hear a speaker who is Jewishly literate, erudite, passionate and, above all, fearless. Professor Alan Dershowitz was a balm for sore ears that have been relentlessly pummeled by the negativity of the local and foreign press.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TAZRIA METZORA – 27/28 APRIL 2012  »

  • PARSHAT SHEMINI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 20/21 APRIL 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 588
    Living Torah Pg 536

    HAFTORAH (MACHAR CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 1207
    Living Torah Pg 1263

    I LOVE YOU

    This weeks haftorah is the one that is always read on a Shabbat that immediately precedes Rosh Chodesh. Indeed, the opening verse of the haftorah confirms its appropriateness for this occurrence (Samuel I 20:18):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHEMINI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 20/21 APRIL 2012  »

  • PARSHAT TZAV – SHABBAT HAGADOL – 30/31 MARCH 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 568
    Living Torah Pg 520

    HAFTORAH (SHABBAT HAGADOL):
    Artscroll Pg 1220
    Living Torah Pg 1289

    THE BEST GIFT

    My wife and I are now at that stage of life when our young daughters love to receive gifts. Even if they have no idea what the gift might be, the very thought of receiving a brightly wrapped box with a pretty ribbon and bow is enough to bring them great delight. But this feeling is not limited to children. We all love to receive gifts, be it for a birthday, wedding, anniversary or some other important event. G-d,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TZAV – SHABBAT HAGADOL – 30/31 MARCH 2012  »

  • PARSHAT VAYIKRAH – PARSHAT HACHODESH – ROSH CHODESH – 23/24 MARCH 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 544
    Living Torah Pg 498

    ROSH CHODESH:
    Artscroll Pg 890
    Living Torah Pg 814

    MAFTIR (HACHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 348
    Living Torah Pg 309

    HAFTORAH (HACHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 1218
    Living Torah Pg 1283

    SWIFT AS A DEER

    Legal codes are not the most exciting genre of books. They are full of details, paragraphs, sub-paragraphs, footnotes and addendums. They can be very dry, especially in the hands of a layperson who has little experience with the complexities of the law. It is probably quite unusual to find emotional language or passionate pleas in such tomes.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYIKRAH – PARSHAT HACHODESH – ROSH CHODESH – 23/24 MARCH 2012  »

  • PARSHAT VAYAKHEL PEKUDEI – PARSHAT PARAH – 16/17 MARCH 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 516
    Living Torah Pg 464

    MAFTIR (PARAH):
    Artscroll Pg 838
    Living Torah Pg 756

    HAFTORAH (PARAH):
    Artscroll Pg 1216
    Living Torah Pg 1279

    THE VIRTUAL TEMPLE

    Eighteen is Judaisms lucky number. Eighteen is the numeric value of the word chai, life, and multiples of it are often used when soliciting funds for donations (although a colleague suggested that we use meit, death, instead, which would always ensure we receive no less than R440!). Eighteen is also the number of blessings in the original version of Judaisms most famous prayer,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYAKHEL PEKUDEI – PARSHAT PARAH – 16/17 MARCH 2012  »

  • PARSHAT KI TISSA – 9/10 MARCH 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 484
    Living Torah Pg 440

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1160
    Living Torah Pg 1129

    THE NEW RELIGION

    Reality television has become hugely popular in the last decade. Whether it is Survivor, The Apprentice, Idols, The Amazing Race, Americas Got Talent or Fear factor, audiences cannot get enough of watching real people in unscripted and often unanticipated scenarios. In my humble opinion, if the

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KI TISSA – 9/10 MARCH 2012  »

  • PARSHAT TETZAVEH – PARSHAT ZACHOR – 2/3 MARCH 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 464
    Living Torah 414

    MAFTIR (ZACHOR):
    Artscroll Pg 1066
    Living Torah Pg 988

    HAFTORAH (ZACHOR):
    Artscroll Pg 1214
    Living Torah Pg 1275

    SMELLS GOOD
    Judaism is a highly sensory religion. In our service of G-d we are called upon to use all of our senses on a daily basis. We use our sense of hearing to listen to the notes of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah and during the month of Elul; to the Torah reading on Mondays, Thursdays, Shabbat and festivals and the story of the Megillah twice on Purim. We use our sense of sight to look upon the tzitzit attached to the corners of the tallis (

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TETZAVEH – PARSHAT ZACHOR – 2/3 MARCH 2012  »

  • PARSHAT TERUMAH – 24/25 FEBRUARY 2012 – 2 ADAR 5772
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 444
    Living Torah Pg 380

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1157
    Living Torah Pg 1121

    UNSUNG HEROES
    There are many thankless jobs in the world. There are people who do the tasks that none of us want to do, but which are so vital to our existence. Often they perform their duties behind closed doors, out of the limelight, with very little fanfare. Perhaps they are shy; perhaps they are modest and seek no honour for what they do. But they still deserve recognition. They still deserve to be validated as human beings for no job should be looked down upon if the person doing it does it honestly and with integrity.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TERUMAH – 24/25 FEBRUARY 2012 – 2 ADAR 5772  »

  • PARSHAT MISHPATIM – PARSHAT SHEKALIM – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 17/18 FEBRUARY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 416
    Living Torah P 356

    MAFTIR (SHEKALIM):
    Artscroll Pg 484
    Living Torah Pg 440

    HAFTORAH (SHEKALIM):
    Artscroll Pg 1212
    Living Torah Pg 1271

    BRING ME PROOF
    One sixth of the Talmud, namely Seder Nezikin, concerns itself with monetary law. One fourth of the Code of Jewish Law, the section entitled Choshen Mishpat, deals with financial matters. Included in this massive body of halacha are the laws of usury, damages, loans, purchases, sureties, methods of finalizing acquisitions, ownership of lost articles, disputes regarding sales and contracts, over-charging, competition, theft, inheritance and many more.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MISHPATIM – PARSHAT SHEKALIM – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 17/18 FEBRUARY 2012  »

  • PARSHAT YITRO – 10/11 FEBRUARY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 394
    Living Torah Pg 344

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1154
    Living Torah Pg 1115

    PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN
    It is one of the most recognizable scenes in all of Judaism; it has featured in countless motion pictures and brought tears of joy to the eyes of thousands of Jewish mothers: a groom smashing a glass under the chuppah to uproarious shouts of

     » Read more about: PARSHAT YITRO – 10/11 FEBRUARY 2012  »

  • PARSHAT BESHALACH – SHABBAT SHIRAH – 3/4 FEBRUARY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 366
    Living Torah Pg 320

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1152
    Living Torah Pg 1105

    THE FORGOTTEN MEAL

    The hilarious MAD magazine once featured an article describing and illustrating those items that are overrated and those that are underrated.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BESHALACH – SHABBAT SHIRAH – 3/4 FEBRUARY 2012  »

  • PARSHAT BO – 27/28 JANUARY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 340
    Living Torah Pg 300

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1151
    Living Torah Pg 1103

    WRAPPED UP IN YOU

    The phenomenon of international travel comes with the inevitable clash of cultures when people of vastly different backgrounds and religious beliefs are crammed together on long-haul flights and cruises. Each culture and religion comes with its own unique, oftentimes strange behaviour and rituals, occasionally leading to confusion, misunderstanding and even suspicion. Consider, for example, US Airways Express Flight 3079, which was travelling from New York to Louisville, Kentucky during January 2010. A 17 year-old Jewish man, travelling with his sister on the flight,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BO – 27/28 JANUARY 2012  »

  • PARSHAT VAEIRA – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 20/21 JANUARY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 318
    Living Torah Pg 280

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1149
    Living Torah Pg 1097

    Many congregants have asked me for the sermon I gave on Shabbat 31 December 2011 concerning the events that occurred recently in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh. I present it here in full:

    ZEALOTS

    As the story of the Exodus unfolds in this weeks parsha, we learn of the miraculous plagues that G-d unleashed upon the unrepentant Pharaoh and his people. For over two centuries the Israelites languished in Egypt, but now the time had come for their redemption. The Midrash (Vayikrah Rabbah 32:5) notes that the Children of Israel merited their freedom as a result of four virtues: (i) They never changed their names during the exile;

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAEIRA – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 20/21 JANUARY 2012  »

  • PARSHAT SHMOT – 13/14 JANUARY 2012
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 292
    Living Torah Pg 258

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1147
    Living Torah Pg 1095

    LOW-KEY
    In one short sentence the Torah describes the marital union that would lead to the birth of the greatest leader in Jewish history (Shmot 2:1):

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  • PARSHAT VAYEISHEV – 16/17 DECEMBER – 21 KISLEV 5772
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 198
    Living Torah Pg 182

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1142
    Living Torah Pg 1083

    THEY PUT ME INTO THE PIT

    Next time you are in London and have some time to visit the local Jewish sites, you should make an effort to visit the Edmington Cemetery where you will find a large monument that seems somewhat out of place. Many people visit this grave annually to pray to G-d that in the merit of the holy person buried beneath, He should spare them and grant them health, wealth and other such blessings. The grave is that of Rabbi Eliezer (Leizer) Gordon, the rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva of Telshe in Lithuania.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYEISHEV – 16/17 DECEMBER – 21 KISLEV 5772  »

  • PARSHAT VAYISHLACH – 9/10 DECEMBER 2011 – 14 KISLEV 5772
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 170
    Living Torah Pg 154

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1141
    Living Torah Pg 1079

    WHEN BOYS ARE MEN

    Abuse of children is of the most repulsive behaviours of mankind. No decent person would ever contemplate hurting, taking advantage of or deceiving a young child. We are appalled when we hear reports of young children working in foreign

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYISHLACH – 9/10 DECEMBER 2011 – 14 KISLEV 5772  »

  • PARSHAT VAYEITZEI – 500TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION – 2/3 DECEMBER 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 144
    Living Torah Pg 130

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1139
    Living Torah Pg 1075

    DESTINATION

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYEITZEI – 500TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION – 2/3 DECEMBER 2011  »

  • PARSHAT TOLDOT – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 25/26 NOVEMBER 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 124
    Living Torah Pg 116

    HAFTORAH (MACHAR CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 1207
    Living Torah Pg 1263

    THE SAME WELLS

    There is a brief, seemingly irrelevant episode in the life of our forefather, Isaac, that appears in this weeks parsha. This episode relates to a number of wells that Abraham had previously dug in the territory of the Philistines, all of which had later been filled in somewhat spitefully by the local inhabitants. Isaac, forced to move to that area by a famine, re-digs the wells and names them the very same names his father, Abraham, had called them (Bereishit 26:18).

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TOLDOT – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 25/26 NOVEMBER 2011  »

  • PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH – 18/19 NOVEMBER 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 106
    Living Torah Pg 100

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1136
    Living Torah Pg 1067

    IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY

    At the climatic ending of the Neilah service, we recite the verse

     » Read more about: PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH – 18/19 NOVEMBER 2011  »

  • PARSHAT VAYEIRA – 11/12 NOVEMBER 2011
  • PARSHA :
    Artscroll Pg 78
    Living Torah Pg 78

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1134
    Living Torah Pg1061

    INNER JEW, OUTER JEW

    For the second time in his life Abraham heeds a call from G-d containing the words:

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYEIRA – 11/12 NOVEMBER 2011  »

  • PARSHAT LECH LECHA – SHABBAT ALIYAH – 4/5 NOVEMBER 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 54
    Living Torah Pg 52

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1133
    Living Torah Pg 1059

    ABRAHAMS DISCIPLES
    Many people in the world today can claim to be a

     » Read more about: PARSHAT LECH LECHA – SHABBAT ALIYAH – 4/5 NOVEMBER 2011  »

  • PARSHAT NOACH – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 28/29 OCTOBER 2011
  • PARSHA: Artscroll Pg 30 Living Torah Pg 26

    MAFTIR (ROSH CHODESH): Artscroll Pg 890 Living Torah Pg 814

    HAFTORAH (SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH): Artscroll Pg 1208 Living Torah Pg 1267

    Rabbi Emanuel Feldman, rabbi emeritus of the Beth Jacob shul in Atlanta, Georgia, records a humorous reaction to a sermon he delivered on Parshat Noach (Tales Out Of Shul, pages 116-117):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT NOACH – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 28/29 OCTOBER 2011  »

  • PARSHAT BEREISHIT – ISRU CHAG – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 21 AND 22 OCTOBER 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 2
    Living Torah Pg 2

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1130
    Living Torah Pg 1051

    iSinned

    The computing world recently lost one of its greatest icons, the genius behind the Apple brand, Steve Jobs. His death attracted great interest in the media, especially amongst cartoonists who imagined what would happen to Steve in the afterlife. One cartoon features his tombstone with the epithet

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BEREISHIT – ISRU CHAG – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 21 AND 22 OCTOBER 2011  »

  • SUCCOT – WEDNESDAY NIGHT 12
  • HUTS

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  • YOM KIPPUR – 7/8 OCTOBER 2011
  • The Talmud expresses the attitude of the Jewish people towards this day in a most beautiful statement:

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  • PARSHAT HAAZINU – SHABBAT SHUVA – 30 SEPTEMBER/1 OCTOBER 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1100
    Living Torah Pg 1024

    HAFTORAH (SHUVA):
    Artscroll Pg 1204
    Living Torah Pg 1247

    REPENT!

    Repentance. Its such a biblical-sounding word. Not very twenty-first century and certainly not politically correct. The word conjures up images of Old Testament prophets rebuking wayward sinners and exhorting them to return to the Lord lest something terrible befall them. Yet repentance, or teshuva, remains as relevant for the Jew today as it was for our ancestors in ancient times. We have ten days of the year earmarked for the mitzvah of teshuva and not just any ten days, but the ten days beginning on Rosh Hashanah and concluding on Yom Kippur.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT HAAZINU – SHABBAT SHUVA – 30 SEPTEMBER/1 OCTOBER 2011  »

  • PARSHAT NITZAVIM VAYLECH- 23/24 SEPTEMBER 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1086
    Living Torah Pg 1010

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1202
    Living Torah Pg 1243

    FULL OF IT

    It can certainly be argued that the central human character in the Five Books of the Torah is Moses. From the first time he is mentioned in the parsha of Shmot to the description of his burial in parshat Vzot Habrachah there is hardly a passage that does not contain his name. He is the redeemer, lawgiver, prophet, judge, warrior, census-taker, fundraiser and teacher of the Jewish people. In G-ds own words (Bamidbar 12:7-8):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT NITZAVIM VAYLECH- 23/24 SEPTEMBER 2011  »

  • PARSHAT KI TAVO – 16/17 SEPTEMBER 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1068
    Living Torah Pg 988

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1201
    Living Torah Pg 1241

    PITY THE LITTLE CHILDREN

    On 24 August 2011, almost a year to the day when ten school children were killed when a train ploughed into their taxi at the level-crossing in Blackheath near Cape Town, 14 young lives and that of the driver came to an end in an horrific bus accident in Rheenendahl just outside Knysna. In the first incident the taxi-driver was found to have been grossly negligent in that he attempted to race through the level-crossing even though the boom was descending. In the second incident,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KI TAVO – 16/17 SEPTEMBER 2011  »

  • PARSHAT KI TEITZEI – 9/10 SEPTEMBER 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1046
    Living Torah Pg 966

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1201
    Living Torah Pg 1239

    KADDISH

    The bond between a parent and a child is a most powerful one. According to our sages, a child is an extension of his parent (see Eruvin 70b) and that is why a child cannot testify against or on behalf of a parent or vice versa in a Jewish court (see this weeks Parsha, Devarim 24:16 with Rashi) as it would be tantamount to testifying against oneself. The bond does not disappear when a parent passes away, but remains intact, albeit in a different form. Children feel the bond,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KI TEITZEI – 9/10 SEPTEMBER 2011  »

  • PARSHAT SHOFTIM – WOMEN’S LEARNING WEEK 2011 – 2/3 SEPTEMBER 2011 – 4 ELUL 5771
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1024
    Living Torah Pg 948

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1199
    Living Torah Pg 1235

    Hatzolah is a Jewish volunteer emergency medical service organization that has branches in many cities around the globe with a sizeable Jewish population. The original branch was founded in Williamsburg, New York, by Herschel Weber in the late 1960s to improve rapid emergency medical response in the community and to mitigate cultural concerns of a Yiddish-speaking Hassidic community. The idea soon spread to other orthodox neighborhoods in the New York City area and eventually to other cities and continents. Hatzolah, as an organization, is the largest volunteer ambulance service in the world.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHOFTIM – WOMEN’S LEARNING WEEK 2011 – 2/3 SEPTEMBER 2011 – 4 ELUL 5771  »

  • PARSHAT REEH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 26/27 AUGUST 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 998
    Living Torah Pg 924

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg1199
    Living Torah Pg 1233

    A SURE THING

    Investors, traders and dabblers on the Stock Markets are all looking for a

     » Read more about: PARSHAT REEH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 26/27 AUGUST 2011  »

  • PARSHAT EIKEV – 19/20 AUGUST 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 980
    Living Torah Pg 904

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1197
    Living Torah Pg 1229

    ALL YOUR MONEY

    We say it every day, twice a day, morning and night. Its three paragraphs are the most recognized passages of the Torah. Children learn it when they begin to speak and Jews take their last breaths while uttering its holy words. The Shemah is the credo of our faith. Not technically a prayer, the Shemah is an obligatory reading; hence the mitzvah associated with it is called kriat Shemah, the reading of the Shemah. It contains many of the fundamentals of Jewish life –

     » Read more about: PARSHAT EIKEV – 19/20 AUGUST 2011  »

  • PARSHAT VAETCHANAN – SHABBAT NACHAMU – 12/13 AUGUST 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 958
    Living Torah Pg 884

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1196
    Living Torah Pg 1225

    WINDING DOWN

    The retirement of a high-profile public figure is always cause for discussion and debate. Last year in July, South African Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu announced that he would be formally retiring in October of that year upon attaining the age of 79. Tutu remarked that instead of being constantly on the move, he wanted to

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAETCHANAN – SHABBAT NACHAMU – 12/13 AUGUST 2011  »

  • PARSHAT DEVARIM – SHABBAT CHAZON – 5/6 AUGUST 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 938
    Living Torah Pg 866

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1195
    Living Torah Pg 1223

    THE JEWISH MOTHER

    Just how does one become a true Jewish mother? Dan Greenburg, in his 1965 tongue-in-cheek classic

     » Read more about: PARSHAT DEVARIM – SHABBAT CHAZON – 5/6 AUGUST 2011  »

  • PARSHAT MASEI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 29/30 JULY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 918
    Living Torah Pg 840

    HAFTORAH (THREE WEEKS OF MOURNING):
    Artscroll Pg 1193
    Living Torah Pg 1217

    THE PILGRIMAGE

    Pilgrimages in Europe and the Middle East are as much a part of the culture as traditional dance, food and drink. There are always groups or individuals following in the footsteps of some holy man or woman, saint, Crusader King or legendary character. Tour operators derive a great deal of revenue from pilgrimages and are constantly providing more and more options. Pilgrimages have also become very popular among Jews. Many western Jews, whose forebears came from Eastern Europe and Russia,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MASEI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 29/30 JULY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT MATOT – 22/23 JULY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 900
    Living Torah Pg 822

    HAFTORAH (THREE WEEKS OF MOURNING):
    Artscroll Pg 1192
    Living Torah Pg 1213

    NO WAY OUT

    As the last deed of his four decades of leadership Moses must arrange an army to

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MATOT – 22/23 JULY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT PINCHAS – 15/16 JULY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 876
    Living Torah Pg 798

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1192
    Living Torah Pg 1213

    THE FEMININE TOUCH

    The laws of inheritance are a complex and vast area of Jewish Law. They occupy two chapters in the Talmudic Tractate Bava Batra (chapters 8 and 9) and they are the subject of 14 paragraphs in the Code of Jewish Law (Choshen Mishpat 276-289). There are many intricate details, principles and exceptions in this area of halacha and only the greatest scholars should be trusted to rule on disputes in these matters. Just as interesting as the laws themselves is the context in which they first appear in the Torah.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT PINCHAS – 15/16 JULY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT BALAK – 8/9 JULY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 856
    Living Torah Pg 778

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1189
    Living Torah Pg 1207

    AS OTHERS SEE US

    I have always found Parshat Balak a unique section of the Torah for several reasons. Firstly, although it is not unusual for a parsha to be named after someone (for example, Noach, Chayei Sarah and Yitro), it is quite unusual to name a parsha after a wicked king who attempted to destroy the Jewish people! Secondly, the main protagonist in the story is Bilaam, a complex person who reached the exalted level of prophecy while at the same time had no qualms accepting an offer to curse the Jewish people.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BALAK – 8/9 JULY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT CHUKAT – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 1/2 JULY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 838
    Living Torah Pg 756

    MAFTIR (ROSH CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 890
    Living Torah Pg 814

    HAFTORAH (ROSH CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 1208
    Living Torah Pg 1267

    WHEN THE MIGHTY FALL

    The death of any human being is a sad event with many ramifications. The family of the deceased is bereft of their relative and will often struggle to adjust to life without their loved one. Occasionally the family is left without a breadwinner and the surviving spouse will have to double their efforts to provide for the familys livelihood.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT CHUKAT – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 1/2 JULY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT KORACH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 20TH J.E.W. – 24/25 JUNE 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 820
    Living Torah Pg 740

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1186
    Living Torah Pg 1197

    THE ROAD TO HELL

    The Middle East and, in particular, the region of the Arabian Peninsula, has long been a place where legends and mysteries are born. Among these fantastic tales are the story of Aladdin and the genie of the magic lamp; Ali Baba and the forty thieves; Sinbad the Sailor and the Thief of Baghdad. These tales have captured the imaginations of people throughout the ages and across the globe and they continue to appear in many different versions,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KORACH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 20TH J.E.W. – 24/25 JUNE 2011  »

  • PARSHAT SHELACH – 17/18 JUNE 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 798
    Living Torah Pg 722

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1184
    Living Torah Pg 1193

    THE PARIAH

    Israel continues to be the whipping-boy and the scapegoat for all the ills in the Middle East and, according to some of her detractors, all of the ills in the world. More and more academic institutions, governments and NGOs are participating in the nefarious BDS (Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions) campaign against Israel. Here in South Africa the University of Johannesburg received both praise and severe criticism when it cut ties with Ben Gurion University. Recently, there was a call from some shuls and

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHELACH – 17/18 JUNE 2011  »

  • PARSHAT BEHAALOTCHA – 10/11 JUNE 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 774
    Living Torah Pg 702

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1182
    Living Torah Pg 1189

    BLOW YOUR OWN TRUMPET

    It has been almost a year since the FIFA World Cup 2010 was held in South Africa and yet, from time to time, I can still hear a faint buzzing in my head, the residue of the incessant blowing of vuvuzelas at all of the matches. Whenever I sat down to watch a match in front of the television it seemed as if a swarm of very loud and angry bees had invaded the room. At the time I was not perturbed by the tuneless clamour nor,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BEHAALOTCHA – 10/11 JUNE 2011  »

  • PARSHAT NASSO – YOM HAMEYUCHAS* – 3/4 JUNE 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 748
    Living Torah Pg 676

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1181
    Living Torah Pg 1185

    FIVE YEARS

    After taking a census of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, as described in Parshat Bamidbar, Moses and Aaron are commanded to count the Tribe of Levi and its three major families, Gershon, Kehath and Merari (Bamidbar chapter 4). But, unlike the census of the rest of the nation where individuals were included from the age of twenty, the Levites to be tallied for serving in the Tabernacle were to be between the ages of thirty and fifty (Bamidbar 4:2, 23 and 30). Thirty is considered the age at which one attains full physical power (Pirkei Avot 5:21) and the work of the Levites in the Tabernacle and later in the Temple was physically demanding,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT NASSO – YOM HAMEYUCHAS* – 3/4 JUNE 2011  »

  • PARSHAT BAMIDBAR – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 27/28 MAY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 726
    Living Torah Pg 654

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1180
    Living Torah Pg 1183

    WHO GOES FIRST?

    Have you ever been to a wedding or some other simcha and found yourself seated at the back of the hall, far from the main table, surrounded by less than loveable people? Have you ever received a prize for work well done or recognition for your contribution to an organization and, at the ceremony where the acknowledgment was made, your name was read out last or towards the bottom of the list? Have you ever been invited to be a guest speaker at an event or to participate in a panel discussion at a conference,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BAMIDBAR – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 27/28 MAY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT BECHUKOTAI – 20/21 MAY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 708
    Living Torah Pg 640

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1179
    Living Torah Pg 1179

    THE ENEMY FROM WITHIN

    The central prayer of Judaism is the Amidah (the standing prayer), or the Shemoneh Esrai (

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BECHUKOTAI – 20/21 MAY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT BEHAR – 13/14 MAY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 696
    Living Torah Pg 630

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1177
    Living Torah Pg 1175

    THE LECTURE AT THE MOUNT
    Several years ago, when I was still a young Yeshiva student, I was sitting in the Beit Midrash (study hall) poring over a passage of the Talmud when, suddenly, my thoughts were disturbed by a loud

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BEHAR – 13/14 MAY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT EMOR – 6/7 MAY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 672
    Living Torah Pg 610

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1176
    Living Torah Pg 1173

    THE MARTYR
    Reactions to the death this week of terrorist leader and 911 mastermind, Osama bin Laden, have been varied. Many states are praising Americas killing of Bin Laden as a huge step-forward in the war against global terror. Other countries leaders are more reserved in their praise, believing that for every Bin Laden there are hundreds more just like him ready to strike anywhere and at any time and that the death of their beloved leader might bring counter-attacks against so-called

     » Read more about: PARSHAT EMOR – 6/7 MAY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT ACHAREI MOT – SHABBAT HAGADOL – 15/16 APRIL 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 636
    Living Torah Pg 584

    HAFTORAH (SHABBAT HAGADOL):
    Artscroll Pg 1220
    Living Torah Pg 1289

    THE GREAT DAY
    The Shabbat before Pesach has the unique distinction of being called the

     » Read more about: PARSHAT ACHAREI MOT – SHABBAT HAGADOL – 15/16 APRIL 2011  »

  • PARSHAT METZORA – 8/9 APRIL 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 620
    Living Torah Pg 568

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1172
    Living Torah Pg 1161

    MISER!
    This weeks parsha continues the theme of tzaraat, the mysterious disease that affected gossipers and slanderers. Whereas last weeks parsha, Tazria, discussed the disease as it applied to human beings and clothing, Parshat Metzora adds a further dimension to the affliction – its ability to penetrate the walls of ones home. The Torah states (Vayikrah14:34):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT METZORA – 8/9 APRIL 2011  »

  • PARSHAT TAZRIA – PARSHAT HACHODESH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 1/2 APRIL 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 608
    Living TorahPg 556

    MAFTIR (HACHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 348
    Living Torah Pg 308

    HAFTORAH (HACHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 1218
    Living Torah Pg 1283

    KOSHER GOSSIP
    Slander, gossip and tale-bearing are of the worst crimes enumerated in the Torah. These anti-social behaviours destroy families, communities and even entire nations. Hurtful speech was one of the central contributing factors that led to the destruction of the Second Temple and the subsequent exile into the Diaspora. In biblical times, and for some period thereafter, a person who consistently spoke lashon hara (

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TAZRIA – PARSHAT HACHODESH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 1/2 APRIL 2011  »

  • PARSHAT SHEMINI – PARSHAT PARAH – 25/26 MARCH 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 588
    Living Torah Pg 536

    MAFTIR (PARAH):
    Artscroll Pg 838
    Living Torah Pg 756

    HAFTORAH (PARAH):
    Artscroll Pg 1216
    Living Torah Pg 1279

    DONT BE AFRAID
    It was a day like none other – the first of Nissan, in the second year following the Exodus from Egypt. It was a day that, in the words of the Midrash (Seder Olam Rabbah chapter 7), was

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHEMINI – PARSHAT PARAH – 25/26 MARCH 2011  »

  • PARSHAT TZAV – SHABBAT ZACHOR – EREV PURIM – 18/19 MARCH 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 568
    Living Torah Pg 520

    MAFTIR (ZACHOR):
    Artscroll Pg 1066
    Living Torah Pg 988

    HAFTORAH (ZACHOR):
    Artscroll Pg 1214
    Living Torah Pg 1275

    ANCIENT VILLAINS, MODERN HEROES
    Shushan, Persian Empire, 355 BCE (3405 in the Jewish calendar). Haman the son of Hammedatha, descendant of Agag, king of Amalek (see I Samuel 15:8) and prime minister to King Achashverosh, prepares to throw lots to determine an auspicious time for genocide. His goal –

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TZAV – SHABBAT ZACHOR – EREV PURIM – 18/19 MARCH 2011  »

  • PARSHAT VAYIKRAH – 11/12 MARCH 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 544
    Living Torah Pg 498

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1165
    Living Torah Pg 1143

    SALT

    Next time you invite guests for a meal take careful notice (without staring!) of how they eat their food. Over the years I have discerned three categories of people: (i) Those who do not add any salt to the food; (ii) those who say the food is too salty to eat and (iii) those who add salt no matter how much was put into the food, sometimes without even tasting it first. I am reminded of a Jamie Uys Candid Camera film from the early eighties where the producers of the movie attempted to catch a restaurant patron in an unexpected humorous situation.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYIKRAH – 11/12 MARCH 2011  »

  • PARSHAT PEKUDEI-SHEKALIM – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 4/5 MARCH 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 530
    Living Torah Pg 480

    MAFTIR (SHEKALIM):
    Artscroll Pg 484
    Living Torah Pg 440

    HAFTORAH (SHEKALIM):
    Artscroll Pg 1212
    Living Torah Pg 1271

    MONEY, MEMORY, MILK COWS AND MOONS

    The Talmud (Megillah 29a), as codified in the Shulchan Aruch, (Orach Chaim 685:1-5) mandates that from the beginning of the month of Adar (or in a leap year, Adar II) we are to read four special passages, one per Shabbat, from a second Sefer Torah as the maftir (final aliyah). These passages, known as the arbah parshiyot, are: Parshat Shekalim (read on the Shabbat immediately before or coinciding with Rosh Chodesh Adar);

     » Read more about: PARSHAT PEKUDEI-SHEKALIM – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 4/5 MARCH 2011  »

  • PARSHAT TETZAVEH – 11/12 FEBRUARY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 464
    Living Torah Pg 414

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1159
    Living Torah Pg 1125

    TAKE TWO EVERY DAY

    A rabbi and an astrophysicist were seated next to each other on a long-haul international flight. The scientist, noticing the rabbis sacred text from which he was studying with great intensity, commented smugly:

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TETZAVEH – 11/12 FEBRUARY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT TERUMAH – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 4/5 FEBRUARY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 444
    Living Torah Pg 380

    MAFTIR (ROSH CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 890
    Living Torah Pg 814

    HAFTORAH (SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 1208
    Living Torah Pg 1267

    THE GRANDPA FLAT

    Shul is a place that symbolizes different things to different people. For many, a shul is a place defined by the name beit haknesset, a house of gathering, where the community comes together to socialize, interact and share their joys and sorrows. It is a place where many catch up with their friends and family,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TERUMAH – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 4/5 FEBRUARY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT MISHPATIM – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 28/29 JANUARY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 416
    Living Torah Pg 356

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1156
    Living Torah Pg 1119

    THE JUST STATE

    As the New Year begins, heads of state around the world will deliver their annual State of the Nation address. They will focus on the economy, crime, infrastructure, service delivery, foreign policy, growth and many other factors that contribute to a countrys success or failure. These are mostly measurable quantities, but how does one evaluate the spiritual and moral success of a country? The answer to that question is not how the country or its leaders or its laws govern the average citizen, but how the country cares for the welfare of the people on the fringes of society –

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MISHPATIM – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 28/29 JANUARY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT YITRO – 21/22 JANUARY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 394
    Living Torah Pg 344

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1154
    Living Torah 1115

    THE (NEW) TEN COMMANDMENTS
    Community rabbis are often bombarded with hundreds of emails by well-meaning congregants who want to share what they believe are outstanding articles on Judaism. The Internet is full of information, but not necessarily wisdom and therefore the astute rabbi (or layperson for that matter) must learn to take many of these

     » Read more about: PARSHAT YITRO – 21/22 JANUARY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT BESHALACH – SHABBAT SHIRA – 14/15 JANUARY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 366
    Living Torah Pg 320

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1152
    Living Torah Pg 1105

    THIS IS MY G-D
    During a service at an old shul in Europe, when the Shema prayer was said, half the congregants stood up and half remained sitting. The half that was seated started yelling at those standing to sit down, and the ones standing yelled at the ones sitting to stand up. The new rabbi, learned as he was in Jewish Law and commentaries, didn’t know what to do. His congregation suggested that he consult a homebound 98-year old man, who was one of the original founders of their shul.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BESHALACH – SHABBAT SHIRA – 14/15 JANUARY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT BO – 7/8 JANUARY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 340
    Living Torah Pg 300

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1151
    Living Torah Pg 1103

    TRAITOR
    In 1924 a controversial Dutch immigrant by the name of Dr Jacob Israel De Haan was murdered in Israel. De Haan had been a thoroughly secular and assimilated Jew in Holland before returning to his roots and making aliyah. In Israel he met the great Rabbi Yosef Chaim Zonnenfeld, the leader of the Orthodox settlement in Jerusalem. Rabbi Zonnenfeld convinced De Haan to use his outstanding diplomatic skills on behalf of the beleaguered religious community, representing them to the government and securing their rights in the country. His death was a major blow to the struggling traditional camp and the reasons behind his murder remain shrouded in mystery.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BO – 7/8 JANUARY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT VAEIRA – 31 DECEMBER 2010/1 JANUARY 2011
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 318
    Living Torah Pg 280

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1149
    Living Torah Pg 1097

    THE SORCEROR
    It is an axiom of Jewish belief that G-d never metes out punishment without first warning the

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAEIRA – 31 DECEMBER 2010/1 JANUARY 2011  »

  • PARSHAT SHMOT – 24/25 DECEMBER 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 292
    Living Torah Pg 258

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1147
    Living Torah Pg 1095

    ONE STEP AT A TIME
    The words of the great prophets of Israel are filled with emotive language, vivid imagery, harsh rebuke and gentle consolation. Perhaps the most eloquent prophet, and the one from whom the majority of the Haphtarot are selected, is Isaiah. In this weeks stirring Haphtarah (Isaiah 27:6-28:13 and 29:22-23) the prophet twice uses an unusual rhyming phrase made up of short monosyllabic words (28:9,10 and 13):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHMOT – 24/25 DECEMBER 2010  »

  • PARSHAT VAYECHI – 17/18 DECEMBER 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 268
    Living Torah Pg 240

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1145
    Living Torah Pg 1091

    THE IMMORTAL FATHER
    Since time immemorial man has been seeking the fountain of life, the secret to immortality, a refuge from the Angel of Death. Everyone wants to live forever, but the reality of being a creature of flesh and blood thwarts our desires. Even in our era of advanced medicine when people, on average, are living longer, it is still impossible to cheat death. And even when one lives a completely sin-free life there is little guarantee that he or she will be spared the grave as our Sages testified (Bava Batrah 17a):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYECHI – 17/18 DECEMBER 2010  »

  • PARSHAT VAYIGASH – 10/11 DECEMBER 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 250
    Living Torah Pg 222

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1144
    Living Torah Pg 1087

    LOST IN TRANSLATION
    Have you ever visited a foreign country on holiday or business and seen a signpost that has been translated from the local language to literal English? Many times the original intention of the warning or tourist information is lost and frequently the resulting message is quite humorous. The same applies to instruction manuals for electrical appliances that have been translated by well-meaning technicians with little grasp of the language of the country the item is being exported to.

    Here are some examples of mistranslations gleaned from the internet:

    • In a Copenhagen airline ticket office:

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYIGASH – 10/11 DECEMBER 2010  »

  • PARSHAT MIKEITZ – SHABBAT CHANUKAH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 3/4 DECEMBER
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 222
    Living Torah Pg 200

    MAFTIR (3RD DAY CHANUKAH) :
    Artscroll Pg 768
    Living Torah Pg 695

    HAFTORAH (SHABBAT CHANUKAH):
    Artscroll Pg 1210
    Living Torah Pg 1361

    DEDICATION
    The Macabees! The very name arouses deep feelings of pride in a Jewish heart. To speak of those ancient heroes, the sons of Matityahu the son of Yochanan the Cohen Gadol from the family of the Chashmonaim, is to speak of the power of the

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MIKEITZ – SHABBAT CHANUKAH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 3/4 DECEMBER  »

  • PARSHAT VAYEISHEV – 26/27 NOVEMBER 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 198
    Living Torah Pg 182

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1142
    Living Torah Pg 1083

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
    My late mother, of blessed memory, was fond of using the phrase

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYEISHEV – 26/27 NOVEMBER 2010  »

  • PARSHAT VAYISHLACH – 19/20 NOVEMBER 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 170
    Living Torah Pg 154

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1141
    Living Torah Pg 1079

    THE LOTTERY
    There is nothing as random, haphazard and arbitrary as a lottery. By all accounts he who draws the winning ticket has no advantage over the millions of other contestants. Furthermore, statisticians will tell you that even if you purchase a large number of tickets your chances of winning remain unaltered. It really seems to be a matter of the luck of the draw. Consequently, the use of a lottery to decide matters of great importance would be highly inappropriate, if not patently incorrect. But this does not seem to be the case when we examine numerous examples in Scripture.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYISHLACH – 19/20 NOVEMBER 2010  »

  • PARSHAT VAYEITZEI – 12/13 NOVEMBER 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 144
    Living Torah Pg 130

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1139
    Living Torah Pg 1075

    GREEN WITH ENVY
    For many the following scene is a familiar one. You are at a restaurant celebrating a special occasion with your family. You are going to have a wonderful evening and order the best item on the menu. When your food arrives it looks absolutely mouth-watering and you cant wait to sink your teeth into it. But just as you are about to take your first bite, a waiter passes by on his way to a neighbouring table with an even better looking meal.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYEITZEI – 12/13 NOVEMBER 2010  »

  • PARSHAT TOLDOT – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 5/6 NOVEMBER 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 124
    Living Torah 116

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1207
    Living Torah Pg 1263

    SMOKE GETS IN MY EYES
    There is an extremely brave and dedicated group of people who are committed to their cause, come rain or shine. Whether torrents are falling or the winds are howling, you will find them outdoors, at the entrance of office buildings and shopping centres, seemingly unconcerned by the merciless elements. Nothing can deter them from pursuing their lifes passion, be it governmental sanction or social rejection. They are prepared to spend large amounts of money to purchase the object of their desire, despite the heavy taxation levied on this product.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TOLDOT – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 5/6 NOVEMBER 2010  »

  • PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH – 29/30 OCTOBER 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 106
    Living Torah Pg 100

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1136
    Living Torah Pg 1067

    DERECH ERETZ

    Ever wondered why Jews refer to an upstanding person as a mentsch? Why choose this word, which literally means a man, to praise someone of refined character? To understand this we must examine the concept of derech eretz, a vast and important subject that occupies a good deal of space in Jewish literature. The term

     » Read more about: PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH – 29/30 OCTOBER 2010  »

  • PARSHAT VAYEIRA – 22/23 OCTOBER 2010 – 15 CHESHVAN 5771
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 78
    Living Torah Pg 78

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1134
    Living Torah Pg 1061

    THE HOST WITH THE MOST
    One of the pillars on which the world rests is the performance of deeds of loving kindness, gemillut chasadim. There are countless examples of chesed, some of which the Rambam lists in his great code (Hilchot Avel 14:1):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYEIRA – 22/23 OCTOBER 2010 – 15 CHESHVAN 5771  »

  • PARSHAT LECH LECHA – SHABBAT ALIYAH – 15/16 OCTOBER 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 54
    Living Torah Pg 52

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1133
    Living Torah Pg 1059

    WHO DO YOU PUT FIRST?

    One of the most colourful congregants I have encountered in my rabbinate was a gentleman who took ill several years before his death but who remained bright, witty and sharp until the end. The nature of his illness precluded him from being in the presence of many people but he would occasionally come to shul on a Shabbat morning. At the Kiddush Bracha he would make a point of asking me to join him for a lchaim, and whenever I visited him at his home he would do likewise.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT LECH LECHA – SHABBAT ALIYAH – 15/16 OCTOBER 2010  »

  • PARSHAT NOACH – ROSH CHODESH – 8/9 OCTOBER 2010 – 1 CHESHVAN 5771
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 30
    Living Torah Pg 26

    HAFTORAH (ROSH CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 1208
    Living Torah Pg 1267

    SEVEN DAYS

    Noah, the hero of this weeks parsha, was given a very advanced warning by G-d concerning the impending deluge. In fact, according to our sages (see Rashi to Bereishit 6:14 from the Midrash), Noah spent 120 years constructing the massive boat that would be his home for a year. When the deadline arrived and no one other than Noah and his family had proven worthy to save, G-d commanded Noah to enter the ark together with his family and the animals:

     » Read more about: PARSHAT NOACH – ROSH CHODESH – 8/9 OCTOBER 2010 – 1 CHESHVAN 5771  »

  • PARSHAT BEREISHIT – ISRU CHAG – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 1/2 OCTOBER 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 2
    Living Torah Pg 2

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1130
    Living Torah Pg 1051

    BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY

    Of all the hundreds of mitzvoth that appear in the pages of the Torah, the one with the distinction of being first is the injunction to raise a family. G-d blessed His newly created masterpiece, man, and commanded him (Bereishit 1:28):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BEREISHIT – ISRU CHAG – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 1/2 OCTOBER 2010  »

  • SUCCOT, SHEMINI ATZERET AND SIMCHAT TORAH – WEDNESDAY NIGHT 22 SEPTEMBER
  • SUCCOT

    Succot, also known as Chag Haasif, the festival of ingathering and Zman Simchateinu, the season of our rejoicing, recalls the miraculous way in which G-d provided for and protected our ancestors for 40 years in the wilderness. This supernatural protection was mainly in the form of what the Talmud calls the

     » Read more about: SUCCOT, SHEMINI ATZERET AND SIMCHAT TORAH – WEDNESDAY NIGHT 22 SEPTEMBER  »

  • GOOD YOM TOV – YOM KIPPUR
  • EREV YOM KIPPUR

    Erev Yom Kippur is the day on which we prepare ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally for the awesome day of judgement and atonement. In the same way that one cannot simply arrive at the palace of a king to plead his case without the necessary preparation, neither can a Jew just

     » Read more about: GOOD YOM TOV – YOM KIPPUR  »

  • PARSHAT HAAZINU – SHABBAT SHUVAH – 10/11 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • PARSHA
    Artscroll Pg 1100
    Living Torah Pg 1024

    HAFTORAH (SHUVAH):
    Artscroll Pg 1204
    Living Torah Pg 1247

    THE MITZVAH OF BAYIT SHALOM

     » Read more about: PARSHAT HAAZINU – SHABBAT SHUVAH – 10/11 SEPTEMBER 2010  »

  • PARSHAT NITZAVIM VAYELECH – 3/4 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1086
    Living Torah Pg 1010

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1202
    Living Torah Pg 1243

    STAND SURETY FOR ME

    Days before his death at the advanced age of one hundred and twenty, Moses assembled all of Israel, men, women and children, to

     » Read more about: PARSHAT NITZAVIM VAYELECH – 3/4 SEPTEMBER 2010  »

  • PARSHAT KI TAVO – 27/28 AUGUST 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1068
    Living Torah Pg 988

    HAFTORAH
    :
    Artscroll Pg 1201
    Living Torah 1241

    DONT CROSS THE LINE
    Amongst the eleven accursed activities listed in our parsha and recited by the Children of Israel upon their entry into the Promised Land on the mountains of Eival and Gerizzim is this (Devarim 27:17):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KI TAVO – 27/28 AUGUST 2010  »

  • PARSHAT KI TEITZEI – 12TH ANNUAL WOMENS LEARNING WEEK – 20/21 AUGUST 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1046
    Living Torah Pg 966

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1201
    Living Torah Pg 1239

    LOST AND FOUND

    Halachah, or Jewish Law, is perhaps one of the only legal systems that contains a comprehensive code regarding the discovery, maintenance and returning of lost articles. There are several chapters in the Talmud, mostly in Tractate Bava Metziah, dedicated to this subject. One of the biblical sources for this mitzvah, known as hashavat aveida, returning a lost item, appears in this weeks parsha (Devarim 22:1-3):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KI TEITZEI – 12TH ANNUAL WOMENS LEARNING WEEK – 20/21 AUGUST 2010  »

  • PARSHAT SHOFTIM – 13/14 AUGUST 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 1024
    Living Torah Pg 948

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1199
    Living Torah Pg 1235

    THE RIGHTEOUS PATH

    Rabbi Avrohom Yeshaya Karelitz was a towering figure of twentieth century Jewish scholarship and leadership. Known fondly as the Chazon Ish, after the title of his magnum opus on Jewish Law, Rabbi Karelitz was an extremely brilliant yet humble man who never held any official positions yet whose opinion was sought by Orthodox Jews the world over. European-born, he moved to Israel in 1933 and lived in Bnei Brak in a very modest home.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHOFTIM – 13/14 AUGUST 2010  »

  • PARSHAT REEH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 6/7 AUGUST 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 998
    Living Torah Pg 924

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1199
    Living Torah Pg 1233

    ONE MANS MEAT IS ANOTHER MANS POISON

    When Rev Isaac Pulver arrived in Cape Town on 8 August 1849 to take up the position as the first rabbi of the newly-formed Cape Town Hebrew Congregation, he found a community that was highly assimilated, secular, complacent and apathetic. Since their arrival in the Cape, the few Jewish settlers had no contact with any rabbinic authority. Although the congregation was officially formed in 1841, there was no sefer torah (the first one arrived in 1848),

     » Read more about: PARSHAT REEH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 6/7 AUGUST 2010  »

  • PARSHAT EIKEV – 30/31 JULY 2010 – 20 AV 5770
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 980
    Living Torah Pg 904

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1197
    Living Torah Pg 1229

    AFFLUENZA
    Living a Jewish life can be an expensive and challenging endeavour. An observant Jew must eat only kosher food, which usually comes at a premium. He (or she) must buy a house close to a shul in a Jewish neighbourhood where property prices are often very high. He must send his children to private Jewish day schools and later to yeshivot and seminaries, most of which are located abroad. He must pay his affiliation fees to his shul and to any number of welfare and social organizations.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT EIKEV – 30/31 JULY 2010 – 20 AV 5770  »

  • PARSHAT VAETCHANAN – SHABBAT NACHAMU – 23/24 JULY 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 958
    Living Torah Pg 884

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1196
    Living Torah Pg 1225

    I DID NOT DO IT ON PURPOSE

    Shortly before his death, Moshe designated three cities of refuge in the area east of the Jordan, where the tribes of Reuvein, Gad and half of Menashe would later settle (Devarim 4:41-43):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAETCHANAN – SHABBAT NACHAMU – 23/24 JULY 2010  »

  • PARSHAT DEVARIM – SHABBAT CHAZON – 16/17 JULY 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 938
    Living Torah Pg 866

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1195
    Living Torah Pg 1223

    I GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

    In recounting the travails of the Jewish people during their forty-year sojourn in the wilderness, Moses bewails the heavy burden of leading the nation and adjudicating their affairs (Devarim 1:12):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT DEVARIM – SHABBAT CHAZON – 16/17 JULY 2010  »

  • PARSHAT MATOT MASEI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 9/10 JULY 2010
  • PARSHA:

    Artscroll Pg 900

    Living Torah Pg 822

    HAFTORAH:

    Artscroll Pg 1193

    Living Torah Pg 1217

    FINISH THE JOB

    Following the debacle of the daughters of Midyan, who, at the behest of Bilaam, seduced many Israelite men to perform acts of promiscuity and idolatry (as described in parshiyot Balak and Pinchas), G-d commanded Moses to avenge the Nation and wage war against Midyan. Moses spoke to the tribal heads and told them to recruit 1000 men from each tribe for the campaign. Together with these 12 000 troops he sent another, rather surprising addition (Bamidbar 31:6):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MATOT MASEI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 9/10 JULY 2010  »

  • PARSHAT PINCHAS
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 876
    Living Torah 798

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1192
    Living Torah Pg 1213

    AN ANCIENT PROBLEM
    Pinchas is one of the unsung heroes of the Torah. He single-handedly stopped a plague that had already killed 24 000 Israelites. G-d praised him for

     » Read more about: PARSHAT PINCHAS  »

  • PARSHAT BALAK – 25/26 JUNE 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 856
    Living Torah Pg 778

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1189
    Living Torah Pg 1207

    FOR HEAVENS SAKE!

    It has been brought to my attention that in some shuls (never Claremont Wynberg, of course!) there are congregants who arrive at shul on Shabbat morning five minutes before the Kiddush Bracha. They are not coming for spiritual uplifment but to fill their bellies. I have also heard (and I hope its not true!) that some congregants come to shul just to socialize with their friends or to look for business. Is there any value in this? Should such people be reprimanded or should we just let them be,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BALAK – 25/26 JUNE 2010  »

  • PARSHAT SHELACH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 4/5 JUNE 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 798
    Living Torah Pg 722

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1184
    Living Torah Pg 1193

    WHEN ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER

    What is the symbol of Judaism? Is there an object, letter, word or a shape that contains within it the basic principles of the religion? Most would reply that it is the Magen David, the six-pointed Star of David. However, the source and significance of this symbol is quite mysterious, nor is it mentioned at all in Scripture or in the Talmud (see Good Shabbos # 144, Parshat Lech Lecha 2004 for more on this topic). Others would identify the menorah as the most ancient Jewish symbol.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHELACH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 4/5 JUNE 2010  »

  • PARSHAT BEHAALOTCHA – 28/29 MAY 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 774
    Living Torah Pg 702

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1182
    Living Torah Pg 1189

    WORLD CUP 2010 – A JEWISH VIEW
    PART 2: IN FAVOUR OF THE WORLD CUP*

    I recently had the pleasure to teach a young man in preparation for his Bar Mitzvah. Although I enjoy teaching Torah to people of all ages and levels of knowledge, I found this particular boy to be quite exceptional. His eyes were always bright despite the fact that the lessons took place at the end of the day; his mind was always sharp and he seemed to process the information at a much more rapid rate than most.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BEHAALOTCHA – 28/29 MAY 2010  »

  • PARSHAT NASSO – 21/22 MAY 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 748
    Living Torah Pg 676

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1181
    Living Torah Pg 1185

    WORLD CUP 2010

     » Read more about: PARSHAT NASSO – 21/22 MAY 2010  »

  • PARSHAT BAMIDBAR – YOM HAMEYUCHAS* – 14/15 MAY 2010
  • PARSHA:

    Artscroll Pg 726

    Living Torah Pg 654

    HAFTORAH:

    Artscroll Pg 1180

    Living Torah Pg 1183

    JERUSALEM, OUR HEART

    Anyone entering our beautiful Beit Midrash will be struck by the glass panels on the wooden doors that once served as the entrance to the original shul building. Each glass panel features the symbol of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. These symbols are hinted to in this weeks parsha when the Torah instructs Moses and Aaron to arrange the camp in a particular order (Bamidbar 2:2):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BAMIDBAR – YOM HAMEYUCHAS* – 14/15 MAY 2010  »

  • PARSHAT BEHAR BECHUKOTAI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 7/8 MAY 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 696
    Living Torah Pg 630

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1179
    Living Torah Pg 1179

    BE STRONG! BE STRONG! AND MAY WE BE STRENGTHENED!

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BEHAR BECHUKOTAI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 7/8 MAY 2010  »

  • PARSHAT EMOR – 30 APRIL/1 MAY 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 672
    Living Torah Pg 610

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1176
    Living Torah Pg 1173

    EDUCATION BY EXAMPLE

    Parshat Emor begins with the law forbidding a Cohen to come into contact with a dead body:

     » Read more about: PARSHAT EMOR – 30 APRIL/1 MAY 2010  »

  • PARSHAT ACHAREI MOT KEDOSHIM – 19TH ANNUAL J.E.W. – 23/24 APRIL 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 636
    Living Torah Pg 584

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1173
    Living Torah Pg 1167

    LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR

    Love – the most noble of all emotions. Thousands of songs have been written about it; wars have been fought because of it and men have died defending it. Love motivates us and gives us strength. It nurtures us when we are children and carries us through to old age. It is often so difficult to acquire and so easy to lose. The love of a lifetime can be dissolved in a moment. We cannot live without love and if we try to, our existence will be a miserable one.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT ACHAREI MOT KEDOSHIM – 19TH ANNUAL J.E.W. – 23/24 APRIL 2010  »

  • PARSHAT TAZRIA METZORA – 16/17 APRIL 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 608
    Living Torah Pg 556

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1172
    Living Torah Pg 1161

    BUT ITS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST!

    In the last few years there has been a proliferation of magazines, newspapers and tabloids in South Africa. You need only visit your local supermarket and, as you approach the tellers, you will be accosted by tens of womens magazines, mens publications, garden and home glossies, material for teens and periodicals on technology, the environment and many other subjects. I often wonder how the market can sustain so many publications. Growth in print media is also a Jewish phenomenon. Jews are never far behind general trends and they often set the trends.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TAZRIA METZORA – 16/17 APRIL 2010  »

  • PARSHAT SHEMINI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 9/10 APRIL 2010 – 26 NISSAN 5770
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 588
    LivingTorah Pg 536

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1168
    Living Torah Pg 1149

    DONT BE EMBARRASSED

    The shul is a place where all of ones fears and anxieties often manifest. During my years in the rabbinate I have seen many people, including accomplished businessmen and otherwise confident individuals, turn into quivering wrecks when they walk onto the bimeh. They stammer through the blessings, misread words and lower the volume of their voice to a barely audible whisper. Then there are those who hide away at the back of the shul, almost ducking behind the pews lest they be summoned to perform some

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHEMINI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 9/10 APRIL 2010 – 26 NISSAN 5770  »

  • PARSHAT TZAV – SHABBAT HAGADOL – 26/27 MARCH 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 568
    Living Torah Pg 520

    HAFTORAH (SHABBAT HAGADOL):
    Artscroll Pg 1220
    Living Torah Pg 1289

    BODY AND SOUL

    The festival of Pesach is almost upon us and, as every Jew knows, it is a chag full of mitzvoth, including the removal of the chametz, the eating of the matzo, the drinking of the four cups and the many other laws and rituals of the Seder and the remaining days of the festival. It is highly likely and quite probable that someone may lose sight of the purpose of the festival amidst all the details.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TZAV – SHABBAT HAGADOL – 26/27 MARCH 2010  »

  • PARSHAT VAYIKRAH – 19/20 MARCH 2010
  • PARSHA :
    Artscroll Pg 544
    Living Torah Pg 498

    HAFTORAH :
    Artscroll Pg 1165
    Living Torah Pg 1143

    GET INVOLVED

    For quite some time now I have harboured a quiet, unspoken complaint against our local Jewish community. I have not wanted to address this publicly for fear that people might construe my concern as a narrow

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYIKRAH – 19/20 MARCH 2010  »

  • PARSHAT VAYAKHEL PEKUDEI – PARSHAT HACHODESH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 12/13 MARCH 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 516
    Living Torah Pg 464

    MAFTIR (HACHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 348
    Living Torah Pg 308

    HAFTORAH (HACHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 1218
    Living Torah Pg 1283

    THE SERMON
    How would you react, if, instead of your rabbi standing at the pulpit this Friday night, a local politician would take his place and deliver the sermon? This was a very real question that arose from an incident that occurred during election season last year. Presidential candidate Jacob Zuma caused quite a commotion when he made a surprise appearance at the Rhema Church one Sunday morning. There were varied responses to his visit,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYAKHEL PEKUDEI – PARSHAT HACHODESH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 12/13 MARCH 2010  »

  • PARSHAT TETZAVEH – PARSHAT ZACHOR – EREV PURIM – 26/27 FEBRUARY 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 464
    Living Torah Pg 414

    MAFTIR (ZACHOR):
    Artscroll Pg 1066
    Living Torah Pg 988

    HAFTORAH (ZACHOR):
    Artscroll Pg 1214
    Living Torah Pg 1275

    UNHOLY ALLIANCES
    During election season umpteen posters appear throughout the country, each advertising the promises of smiling politicians looking down from their lofty perches on lampposts and billboards. There are promises of lower taxation, improvement of infrastructure, more jobs and health reforms. There are also not-so-subtle attacks on their political rivals in the form of witty references to their failures and un-kept promises. How ironic it is that after the elections these very same rivals are often forced to make alliances in order to achieve their goals.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TETZAVEH – PARSHAT ZACHOR – EREV PURIM – 26/27 FEBRUARY 2010  »

  • PARSHAT TERUMAH – 19/20 FEBRUARY 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 444
    Living Torah Pg 380

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1157
    Living Torah Pg 1121

    NAMING RIGHTS
    It is common practice throughout the Jewish world to name religious institutions, schools, banqueting halls and many other communal objects after the person who donated them or after a departed relative of the benefactor. Is this practice to be encouraged or is it merely an example of hubris and arrogance? Many Jews take offence when they see the names of donors emblazoned all over their shul because they feel that charitable donations should always remain anonymous. This issue is a very ancient one and is discussed in the works of the medieval commentaries.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TERUMAH – 19/20 FEBRUARY 2010  »

  • PARSHAT MISHPATIM – SHABBAT SHEKALIM – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 12/13 FEB 2010 – 29 SHEVAT 5770
  • ARTSCROLL:
    Parsha: Pg 416
    Maftir: Pg 484
    Haftorah (Shekalim): Pg 1212

    LIVING TORAH:
    Parsha: Pg 356
    Maftir: Pg 440
    Haftorah (Shekalim): Pg 1271

    PILGRIMAGE

    Many rabbis have a rating system by which they categorize their congregants based on shul attendance. Of course there may be many other possibilities, but the following is a good guideline. Top of the list are those who attend daily, morning and evening, in sunshine and in rain, no matter what. Next are those who come on certain days of the week every week. Third from the top are those who attend shul religiously on Shabbat and Yom Tov in the evening and in the morning.  » Read more about: PARSHAT MISHPATIM – SHABBAT SHEKALIM – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 12/13 FEB 2010 – 29 SHEVAT 5770  »

  • PARSHAT YITRO – 5/6 FEBRUARY 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 394
    Living Torah Pg 344

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1154
    Living Torah Pg 1115

    RELAXATION IS A STATE OF MIND
    The Caesar of Rome once asked Rabbi Yehoshua ben Chananya (Talmud, Tractate Shabbat 119a):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT YITRO – 5/6 FEBRUARY 2010  »

  • PARSHAT BESHALACH – SHABBAT SHIRA – TU BSHVAT – 29/30 JANUARY 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 366
    Living Torah Pg 320

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1152
    Living Torah Pg 1105

    DO IT RIGHT!

    In the book of Shmot we are introduced to a plethora of mitzvoth, beginning with the precepts relating to the Pesach sacrifice and Seder in Parshat Bo, continuing with the Ten Commandments in Parshat Yitro and culminating with the laws of the Temple and its predecessor, the Tabernacle, at the end of the book. Parshat Beshalach also contains several mitzvoth, for we are told that when the Children of Israel came to Marah after they emerged from the Red Sea, (Shmot 15:25)

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BESHALACH – SHABBAT SHIRA – TU BSHVAT – 29/30 JANUARY 2010  »

  • PARSHA BO – 22/23 JANUARY 2010 – 8 SHEVAT 5770
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 340
    Living Torah Pg 300

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1151
    Living Torah Pg 1103

    THOSE LEFT BEHIND
    The culmination of the ten plagues, beginning with the seventh plague of locusts and concluding with the devastating slaying of the firstborn, makes up the first part of this climactic parsha. The nature of the plagues, their sequence, pre-warnings and duration are the subject of much discussion in rabbinic literature, especially in the commentaries to the Haggadah of Pesach. Surely a process as awesome as the plagues cannot be coincidental or random and the greatest minds of Judaism explain in minute detail why the plagues had to be

     » Read more about: PARSHA BO – 22/23 JANUARY 2010 – 8 SHEVAT 5770  »

  • PARSHAT VAEIRA – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 15/16 JANUARY 2010 – 1 SHEVAT 5770
  • PARSHA:
    ArtscrollPg318 Living Torah Pg280

    MAFTIR (ROSH CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 890 Living Torah Pg 814

    HAFTORAH (ROSH CHODESH):
    Artscroll Pg 1208 Living Torah Pg 1267

    THE PROPHET
    The story of the slavery in Egypt and the exodus that follows is told by the Torah at a relentless pace. More than two centuries are covered in one parsha. The death of Joseph and his generation is swiftly followed by the account of Pharaohs plan to persecute the Israelites, despite the fact that many years elapsed between the former and the latter. The marriage of Moses parents, his birth,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAEIRA – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 15/16 JANUARY 2010 – 1 SHEVAT 5770  »

  • PARSHAT SHMOT – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 8/9 JANUARY 2010
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 292
    Living Torah Pg 258

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1147
    Living Torah Pg 1095

    ILL BE THERE FOR YOU
    Imagine yourself a great and powerful king with thousands of subjects and endless wealth. When the occasion called for you to appear before your subjects, would you not do so with much fanfare, pomp and ceremony? Would you not choose the most splendid place for your royal appearance and ensure that the location was bedecked with the finest decorations? This may be so for mortal kings, pop stars and celebrities, but this is not so for the King of all kings. When G-d first appeared to Moses,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHMOT – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 8/9 JANUARY 2010  »

  • PARSHAT VAYECHI – 1/2 JANUARY 2010 – 16 TEVET 5770
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 268
    Living Torah Pg 240

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1145
    Living Torah Pg 1091

    SMILE AND THE WORLD WILL SMILE WITH YOU

    Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz, director and founder of Jews for Judaism (www.jewsforjudaism.org), the anti-missionary organization, was once giving a talk in South Africa. He explained that some of the Messianic Hebrew-Christian groups in America have shuls that very much resemble regular shuls and that visitors should be careful to select the correct shul. A member of the audience asked Rabbi Kravitz how she would be able to tell the difference between one of the Messianic shuls and a real shul.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYECHI – 1/2 JANUARY 2010 – 16 TEVET 5770  »

  • PARSHAT VAYIGASH – 25/26 DECEMBER 2009 – 9 TEVET 5770
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 250
    Living Torah Pg 222

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1144
    Living Torah Pg 1087

    PLEASE DONT FORGET US

    Joseph was a powerful and influential man in Egypt. He rose from the degradation of a lowly slave to become viceroy of the country and, ultimately, the one who would provide for the citizens during the seven years of famine. Pharaoh and all of his aides respected him and his name was known throughout the land. But times change. At the outset of the Book of Shmot we read (chapter 1 6-8):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYIGASH – 25/26 DECEMBER 2009 – 9 TEVET 5770  »

  • PARSHAT MIKEITZ – SHABBAT CHANUKAH # 2 – 18/19 DECEMBER 2009
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 222 Living Torah Pg 200

    MAFTIR (CHANUKAH):
    Artscroll Pg 770 Living Torah 697

    HAFTORAH (HANUKAH):
    Artscroll Pg 1212 Living Torah Pg 1365

    NEW CLOTHES, NEW NAME, SAME GUY
    After 12 years in prison, Joseph is suddenly, and without warning, removed from the dungeon, cleaned up and brought before Pharaoh. His interpretation of Pharaohs puzzling dream and his savvy advice was so impressive that the monarch immediately appointed him viceroy of the country. To indicate his new position, the Pharaoh bestowed upon his various honours (Bereishit 41:42-45):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MIKEITZ – SHABBAT CHANUKAH # 2 – 18/19 DECEMBER 2009  »

  • PARSHAT VAYEISHEV – SHABBAT CHANUKAH # 1 – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 11/12 DECEMBER
  • PARSHA
    Artscroll Pg 198
    Living Torah Pg 182

    MAFTIR (CHANUKAH)
    Artscroll Pg 764
    Living Torah Pg 691

    HAFTORAH (CHANUKAH)
    Artscroll Pg 1210
    Living Torah Pg 1361

    GO TO PEACE

    The story of Jacobs favouritism for Joseph is legendary. So, too, is the jealousy it provoked in his brothers.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYEISHEV – SHABBAT CHANUKAH # 1 – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 11/12 DECEMBER  »

  • PARSHAT VAYISHLACH – 4/5 DECEMBER 2009
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 170
    Living Torah Pg 154

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1141
    Living Torah Pg 1079

    ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET

    It is at this time of the year that the Fairest Cape plays host to many visitors from the north. Occasionally distant relatives, who have not been heard from in years and are not that desirable, arrive at the doors of their local family seeking board and lodging for a few days or weeks. Visits of this nature are bound to cause stress and anxiety and, for some, the summers holidays become a time of dread and worry rather than a period of carefree relaxation.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYISHLACH – 4/5 DECEMBER 2009  »

  • PARSHAT VAYEITZEI – 27/28 NOVEMBER 2009
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 144 Living Torah Pg 130

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1139 Living Torah Pg 1075

    A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME  » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYEITZEI – 27/28 NOVEMBER 2009  »

  • PARSHAT TOLDOT – 400TH EDITION – 20/21 NOVEMBER 2009 – 4 KISLEV 5770
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 124
    Living Torah Pg 116

    HAFTORAH:
    Artscroll Pg 1137
    Living Torah Pg 1071

    THE WRITTEN WORD

    The idea for this weekly parsha leaflet, which has now reached the 400th issue, was not conceived overnight. It is the culmination of a long, organic process that began more than ten years ago when I was the rabbi at the United Orthodox Hebrew Congregation in Schoonder Street, Cape Town. It was at that historic synagogue that I decided to introduce my congregation to a weekly Shabbat newsletter. I certainly cannot take credit for this concept, for it has existed for some time in the Jewish world and has become the norm in most Orthodox Shuls.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TOLDOT – 400TH EDITION – 20/21 NOVEMBER 2009 – 4 KISLEV 5770  »

  • PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 13/14 NOVEMBER 2009 – 27 CHESHVAN 5770
  • ARTSCROLL
    Parsha Pg 106
    HaftorahPg 1136

    LIVING TORAH
    Parsha Pg 100
    Haftorah Pg 1067

    JUDAISM ALIVE!
    There is a most unusual Jewish Law (halacha) that seems at first glance to be a negation of the Torah itself. This law is hinted to in the opening verses of this weeks parsha (Bereishit 23:2-3):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 13/14 NOVEMBER 2009 – 27 CHESHVAN 5770  »

  • PARSHAT VAYEIRA – 6/7 NOVEMBER 2009 – 20 CHESHVAN 5770
  • PARSHA:
    Artscroll Pg 78 Living Torah Pg 78

    HAFTORAH:
    ArtscrollPg 1134 Living Torah Pg 1061

    THE CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE

    The recitation of Yizkor is one of the most moving moments on Yom Kippur, the last day of Pesach, the second day of Shavuot and Shemini Atzret. I know that at these times the shul will always be packed because Jews value their loved ones. Jews want to do something for their parents, grandparents and relatives. That is why they come to Yizkor. Their motivation is far more emotional than religious. The proof of the matter is that many who come to Yizkor do not come to shul at other times.

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYEIRA – 6/7 NOVEMBER 2009 – 20 CHESHVAN 5770  »

  • PARSHAT LECH LECHA – ‘SHABBAT ALIYAH’ – 30/31 OCTOBER 2009 – 13 CHESHVAN 5770
  • PARSHA
    Artscroll Pg 54
    Living Torah Pg 52

    HAFTORAH
    Artscroll Pg 1133
    Living Torah Pg 1059

    HUSBAND AND WIFE

    During my first visit to Israel in 1991 I was privileged and fortunate to meet the late Rabbi Elazar Simcha Wasserman, of blessed memory. Rabbi Wasserman was the son of the illustrious Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman, the Rosh Yeshiva in Baranowitch, Lithuania. Rabbi Wasserman senior was a Torah giant whose works are studied in many yeshivot around the world. He was murdered by Lithuanian collaborators of the Nazis when he returned from America,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT LECH LECHA – ‘SHABBAT ALIYAH’ – 30/31 OCTOBER 2009 – 13 CHESHVAN 5770  »

  • PARSHAT NOACH – 23/24 OCTOBER 2009 – 6 CHESHVAN 5770
  • PARSHA: Artscroll Pg 30 Living Torah Pg 26
    HAFTORAH: Artscroll Pg 1131 Living Torah Pg 1055

    WE ALL HAVE OUR PLACE
    For a full year the waters of the great deluge covered the earth, destroying every animal and plant. As the waters began to recede, Noah

     » Read more about: PARSHAT NOACH – 23/24 OCTOBER 2009 – 6 CHESHVAN 5770  »

  • PARSHAT BEREISHIT – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 16/17 OCTOBER – 29 TISHREI
  • RTSCROLL LIVING TORAH
    PARSHA: Pg 2 Pg 2
    HAFTORAH (MACHAR CHODESH): Pg 1207 Pg 1263

    SLEEP TIGHT

    Sleep! It is one of lifes pleasures, but is often so elusive. It cannot be stored and it never seems enough. When we are teenagers we have too much of it and in our old age we wish we had slept less in our youth. How does Jewish Law and tradition view this vital aspect of our existence? When describing the operation that would lead to the creation of the first women, the Torah (Bereishit 2:21) states:

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BEREISHIT – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 16/17 OCTOBER – 29 TISHREI  »

  • PARSHAT VZOT HABRACHAH – SHEMINI ATZERET AND SIMCHAT TORAH – 9-11 OCTOBER
  • THE JOY OF THE TORAH

    In the last few years there has been, thank G-d, a growing number of Sefer Torah dedications taking place in South Africa. This is indeed a sign of the incredible growth of authentic Judaism in our community and long may it last. This ceremony, referred to as a Hachnasat Sefer Torah, is usually celebrated with great joy, dancing, singing and festivity. Although one may certainly arrange such a ceremony for an

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VZOT HABRACHAH – SHEMINI ATZERET AND SIMCHAT TORAH – 9-11 OCTOBER  »

  • SUCCOT 5770
  •  » Read more about: SUCCOT 5770  »

  • PARSHAT HAAZINU – SHABBAT SHUVAH – 25/26 SEPTEMBER 2009 – 8 TISHREI 5770
  • ARTSCROLL LIVING TORAH
    PARSHA: Pg 1100Pg 1024
    HAFTORAH (SHUVA): Pg 1204 Pg 1247

    PUT YOUR HEART IN THE RIGHT PLACE

    Following Moses song of rebuke, warning and chastisement that takes up most of this weeks parsha, the aged leader addresses his flock for the final time with these stirring words (Devarim 34:46):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT HAAZINU – SHABBAT SHUVAH – 25/26 SEPTEMBER 2009 – 8 TISHREI 5770  »

  • GOOD YOM TOV – ROSH HASHANAH 2009 – 5770
  • RABBIS MESSAGE
    I once officiated at the funeral of a lady with the name Neilah. Intrigued by her name, I asked her family how it was that her parents had selected such an odd title for their daughter. They explained that their mother was born on Yom Kippur, towards the end of the day, and what better name for her than the climatic service of the Day of Atonement?

    There is a certain irony to this. Little Neilah, when she entered this world and began her life, was immediately given a name that would forever remind her of her end. I am not sure whether this irony was lost on her, but it was certainly not lost on me.

     » Read more about: GOOD YOM TOV – ROSH HASHANAH 2009 – 5770  »

  • PARSHAT NITZAVIM VAYELECH – 11/12 SEPTEMBER 2009 – 23 ELUL 5769
  • PARSHA: ARTSCROLL Pg 1086 LIVING TORAH Pg 1010
    HAFTORAH: ARTSCROLL Pg 1202 LIVING TORAH Pg 1243

    MAKE THEM HAPPY

    On each of the seven Shabbatot between the fast of the ninth of Av and Rosh Hashanah, Jewish communities read the Haphtarot of comfort and consolation (see Tosfot, Tractate Megillah 31B from the Pesikta). These seven passages, all of which are from the prophet Isaiah, seek to remove the grief we experienced during the three weeks of mourning and to prepare us for the High Holy Days ahead. The final haphtarah, which we read this week, begins with the resounding words (Isaiah 61:10),

     » Read more about: PARSHAT NITZAVIM VAYELECH – 11/12 SEPTEMBER 2009 – 23 ELUL 5769  »

  • PARSHAT KI TAVO – 4/5 SEPTEMBER 2009 – 16 ELUL 5769
  • NUMBER 391

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KI TAVO – 4/5 SEPTEMBER 2009 – 16 ELUL 5769  »

  • PARSHAT KI TEITZEI – WOMEN’S LEARNING WEEK – 28/29 AUGUST 2009 – 9 ELUL 5769
  • ARTSCROLL LIVING TORAH
    PARSHA: Pg 1046Pg 966
    HAFTORAH: Pg 1201Pg 1239

    TAINTED MONEY

    Included in the many negative commandments that appear in the parsha, is this fascinating prohibition:

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KI TEITZEI – WOMEN’S LEARNING WEEK – 28/29 AUGUST 2009 – 9 ELUL 5769  »

  • PARSHAT SHOFTIM – 21/22 AUGUST 2009
  • GOOD SHABBOS

    CLAREMONT WYNBERG

    NUMBER 389

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHOFTIM – 21/22 AUGUST 2009  »

  • PARSHAT REEH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 14/15 AUGUST 2009
  • GOOD SHABBOS
    CLAREMONT WYNBERG

    NUMBER 388

     » Read more about: PARSHAT REEH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 14/15 AUGUST 2009  »

  • PARSHAT EIKEV – 7/8 AUGUST 2009
  • ARTSCROLL LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA: Pg 980 Pg 904
    HAFTORAH:Pg 1197 Pg 1229

    WHATS ALL THE HYPE ABOUT?

    In 1959 Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, of blessed memory, one of the foremost halachic authorities of the 20th century, received a question concerning the use of cosmetics on Shabbat. The issue itself was not unusual and, I imagine, did not present much of a challenge to Rabbi Feinstein who received far more difficult questions throughout his fruitful career. What was unusual, however, was the questioner. The rabbi who put the query to Rabbi Feinstein did so on behalf of a stage actor who wanted to know whether it was permissible to use

     » Read more about: PARSHAT EIKEV – 7/8 AUGUST 2009  »

  • PARSHAT VAETCHANAN – SHABBAT NACHAMU – 31 JULY/1 AUGUST 2009
  • ARTSCROLL LIVING TORAH
    PARSHA: Pg 958 Pg 884
    HAFTORAH: Pg 1196 Pg 1225

    THE BOLD JEW

    Whenever I visit Israel I am always amazed at the sheer number of graves that dot the landscape. There are formal cemeteries and ad-hoc burial places where one or two people are buried. There are grand shrines and simple structures; there are ancient tombs and modern memorials to fallen soldiers. In Israel it is not uncommon for a grave to be situated right next to an eating-place or some other form of entertainment. Grave visiting has become a major industry and the sale of land for burial plots to foreigners is also a profitable business. It is in the Holy Land that you will find the graves of the patriarchs and matriarchs,  » Read more about: PARSHAT VAETCHANAN – SHABBAT NACHAMU – 31 JULY/1 AUGUST 2009  »

  • PARSHAT DEVARIM – SHABBAT CHAZON – 24/25 JULY 2009
  • ARTSCROLL LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA: Pg 938 Pg 866
    HAFTORAH: Pg 1195 Pg 1223

    AN ETERNAL EVENT

    There are few, if any, institutions that have survived intact from ancient history till the present day. The nature of the world has changed so much that political systems, forms of entertainment, art, literature and dress codes that were popular thousands of years ago no longer appeal to the modern mind. Perhaps the greatest exception is the Olympic Games. Last year, on the 8th day of the 8th month in the year 2008, the 29th official modern version of the ancient sporting event kicked off in Beijing (actually it was only the 26th,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT DEVARIM – SHABBAT CHAZON – 24/25 JULY 2009  »

  • PARSHAT MATOT MASEI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 17/18 JULY 2009
  •                                          ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                                 Pg 900              Pg 822

    HAFTORAH:                             Pg 1193            Pg 1217

     

     

    KOL NIDREI

     

    Kol Nidrei – the two words that reach deep into a Jews soul, even if their connection to Judaism is minimal.  This short service, with which we begin the awesome day of Yom Kippur, conjures deep emotions within us and sets the tone for the holiest day of the year.  Accompanied by a haunting tune that grows louder with each of its three repetitions and with the added majesty of the Torah scrolls that are held aloft throughout its recital, Kol Nidrei has a power all its own. 

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MATOT MASEI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 17/18 JULY 2009  »

  • PARSHAT PINCHAS – 10/11 JULY 2009
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                                               ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH
    PARSHA:                                  Pg 876              Pg 798
    HAFTORAH:                              Pg 1192            Pg 1213

     

     

    THERES NOTHING WORSE THAN A BAD FIGHT

     

    The Book of Bamidbar is called by our Sages

     » Read more about: PARSHAT PINCHAS – 10/11 JULY 2009  »

  • PARSHAT CHUKAT BALAK – 3/4 JULY 2009
  •                                            ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH
    PARSHA:                                 Pg 838              Pg 756
    HAFTORAH:                             Pg 1189            Pg 1207

     

     

    IM SORRY

     

    Our great teacher and prophet Moses was the paradigm of patience and forbearance.  Throughout the 40 years that he shepherded the Jewish people, there were countless times when he was provoked, mocked, scorned, challenged and berated.  A lesser man would have resigned the position and run off crying.  Not so Moses.  He clung tenaciously to his mission because he loved his charges and defended them to G-d many times even though they were less than deserving.  An example of Moses ability to forgive appears in the first of this weeks double parsha. 

     » Read more about: PARSHAT CHUKAT BALAK – 3/4 JULY 2009  »

  • PARSHAT KORACH – 26/27 JUNE 2009
  •                                             ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH
    PARSHA:                                  Pg 820              Pg 740
    HAFTORAH:                              Pg 1186            Pg 1197

     

     

    AUTHENTICITY

     

    Wrestling has always been a popular sport, but with the introduction of the American W.W.E. series, this form of

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KORACH – 26/27 JUNE 2009  »

  • PARSHAT SHELACH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 19/20 JUNE 2009
  •                                            ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH
    PARSHA:                                 Pg 798              Pg 722
    HAFTORAH:                             Pg 1184            Pg 1193

     

     

    BEHIND THE WALLS

     

    The word ghetto, previously reserved only for Jewish areas, has entered everyday language and is now used to refer to any place used exclusively by a certain race or ethnic group, such as the African Americans.  The Encyclopedia Judaica defines a ghetto as

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHELACH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 19/20 JUNE 2009  »

  • PARSHAT BEHAALOTCHA – 12/13 JUNE 2009
  •                                           ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                                 Pg 774              Pg 702

    HAFTORAH:                             Pg 1182            Pg 1189

     

     

    TRUE FREEDOM

    The book of Bamidbar seems to be filled with a litany of petty complaints voiced by the Children of Israel regarding food, water and physical conditions in the wilderness.  Were our ancestors, the self-same generation who received the Torah directly from G-d, really such an ungrateful lot or is there more to their moaning than simple needs and wants?  Let us examine just one of the many incidents in order to reveal the depth of their gripes. 

     

    The Torah (Bamidbar 11:4-6) records,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BEHAALOTCHA – 12/13 JUNE 2009  »

  • PARSHAT NASSO – 5/6 JUNE 2009
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                                     ARTSCROLL    LIVING TORAH

     

    PARSHA:                       Pg 748              Pg 676
    HAFTORAH :                  Pg 1181            Pg 1185

     

     

    EVERY ONE MAKES A DIFFERENCE

     

    The roads of South Africa are among the most treacherous in the world.  Every year thousands of drivers, passengers and pedestrians are killed, most of them over the school holidays.  So common are road deaths that when an accident with fatalities occurs it barely merits a mention on the radio or in the print media.  The same is true of violent crime, murder and sexual assault.  They are so commonplace,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT NASSO – 5/6 JUNE 2009  »

  • SHAVUOT 2009
  • THE TORAH COMES HOME

    Every festival of the year comes with a certain amount of preparation. Before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we prepare ourselves during the month of Elul by sounding the shofar daily, reciting selichot (prayers of forgiveness), studying the laws of teshuvah (repentance) and seeking pardon from those we have wronged. Before the onset of Sukkoth we busy ourselves building and decorating the sukkah and selecting the finest lulav and etrog set. For the festival of Chanukah we must purchase candles or oil and wicks and set them in a Menorah, ready to be kindled every night. As Purim approaches, we study the Scroll of Esther,

     » Read more about: SHAVUOT 2009  »

  • PARSHAT BAMIDBAR – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – EREV ROSH CHODESH – 22/23 MAY 2009
  •                                                                      ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                                                          Pg 726              Pg  654

    HAFTORAH (MACHAR CHODESH):                    Pg 1207            Pg 1263

     

     

    FAIR AND EQUITABLE

     

    The Book of Bamidbar, which we begin to study this week, starts with a detailed census of the Children of Israel and instruction to the tribes regarding how they were to camp and travel in the wilderness.  When one closely examines the different lists in the parsha, it become apparent that the Torah does not keep to a specific order when discussing the tribes – sometimes they appear in order of birth, other times in the order in which they travelled and other times in a different order altogether. 

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BAMIDBAR – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – EREV ROSH CHODESH – 22/23 MAY 2009  »

  • PARSHAT BEHAR BECHUKOTAI – 15/16 MAY 2009 – 22 IYAR 5769
  •                                                                    ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH

                            PARSHA:                                  Pg 696              Pg 630

                HAFTORAH:                              Pg 1179            Pg 1179

     

    THE JUBILEE
     
    In this weeks first parsha we are introduced to two biblical concepts that have gone beyond Judaism and penetrated into global culture.  These
    two concepts are the Shmittah, the Sabbatical Year, and the Yovel, the 50th or Jubilee Year.  In their strictest denotation they apply principally to agriculture, land rights and loans:  In both the seventh year and the 50th year, the jubilee, agricultural activity is forbidden and the produce of the Land of Israel belongs to everyone.  At the end of the seventh year all outstanding debts must be cancelled (Devarim 15:1-11).   » Read more about: PARSHAT BEHAR BECHUKOTAI – 15/16 MAY 2009 – 22 IYAR 5769  »

  • PARSHIYOT ACHAREI MOT – KEDOSHIM – 1/2 MAY 2009 – 8 IYAR 5769
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    PARSHA:                                 Pg 608              Pg 584

    HAFTORAH:                             Pg 636              Pg 1173

     

     

    TIMING IS EVERYTHING

     

    There is a fascinating law that is mentioned in the Jerusalem Talmud (beginning of chapter Arvei Pesachim and cited by Tosfot in the Talmud Bavli, Pesachim 99b):

     » Read more about: PARSHIYOT ACHAREI MOT – KEDOSHIM – 1/2 MAY 2009 – 8 IYAR 5769  »

  • PARSHAT TAZRIA METZORA – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 24/25 APRIL 2009
  •                                                                    ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH

                            PARSHA:                                  Pg 608              Pg 556

                            MAFTIR :                                  Pg 890              Pg 814

                HAFTORAH:                             Pg 1208            Pg 1267

     

     

    THE SMOUS

     

    Just outside the quaint Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet is a most unusual monument.  It reads in English, Afrikaans and Hebrew and was erected under the guidance and advice of the late Frank Horwitz, the last male Jew in the town and a former mayor.  I know of this monument because my wife and I stayed overnight in Graaff-Reinet and visited Mr Horwitz and his wife on our way to Cape Town from Johannesburg over nine years ago. 

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TAZRIA METZORA – SHABBAT ROSH CHODESH – 24/25 APRIL 2009  »

  • PARSHAT SHEMINI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 17/18 APRIL
  •                                                                    ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH

                            PARSHA:                                 Pg 588              Pg 536

                HAFTORAH:                             Pg 1168            Pg 1149

     

     

    THE STRANGE FIRE OF YOUTH

     

    The day on which the Tabernacle was inaugurated was one of the most momentous days in Jewish history.  This was the first time that a communal place of worship was consecrated, thereby setting into motion a new era, one in which Jews would gather together to worship G-d as a congregation.  The Tabernacle was the forerunner of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem and, after their destruction, all shuls in the Diaspora.  On that special day Aaron served as High Priest for the first time,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHEMINI – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 17/18 APRIL  »

  • PARSHAT TZAV – SHABBAT HAGADOL – 3/4 APRIL 2009
  •                                            ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                                 Pg 568              Pg 520

    HAFTORAH:                             Pg 1220            Pg 1289

     
     

    GROWING OUR POPULATION – IS JUDAISM A NUMBERS GAME?

     

    In Europe most rabbis hardly ever delivered sermons in shul.  Their main function was to be the expert on Jewish Law in their town, city or hamlet and to give text-based shiurim during the week to the laypeople, scholars and Yeshiva students.  However, there were two Shabbatot of the year on which every rabbi would deliver a sermon or long shiur in his shul – Shabbat HaGadol and Shabbat Shuva.  The former was dedicated to the themes of Pesach, both legal and philosophical,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TZAV – SHABBAT HAGADOL – 3/4 APRIL 2009  »

  • PARSHAT VAYAKHEL PEKUDEI – PARSHAT HACHODESH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 20/21 MARCH
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                                               ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                                  Pg 516              Pg 465

    MAFTIR:                                   Pg 348              Pg 309

    HAFTORAH:                              Pg 1218            Pg 1283

     
     
    HOW TO GIVE
     
    After a delay of over 80 days that included the sordid Golden Calf affair and Moses subsequent ascents to Mt Sinai to seek a reprieve for the wayward Nation, the project to build the Tabernacle  finally began.  On the day following Yom Kippur, Moses gathered together every man, woman and child to instruct them regarding the materials, manpower and design of the Tabernacle.  The great prophet appealed to anyone who possessed one or more of 15 materials to come forward and generously donate to the building.   » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYAKHEL PEKUDEI – PARSHAT HACHODESH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 20/21 MARCH  »

  • PARSHAT KI TISSA – PARSHAT PARAH – 13/14 MARCH 2009
  •                                   ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                          Pg 484              Pg 440

    MAFTIR:                           Pg 838              Pg 756

    HAFTORAH:                      Pg 1216            Pg 1279

     

    OUR PLEDGE

     

    Whatever happened to the South African school pledge?  Last year an enormous amount of debate followed the announcement by Education Minister Naledi Pandoor that learners in South African schools would recite a daily pledge demonstrating their commitment and loyalty to the country, similar to that recited in the United States of America and other democratic countries.  The intended pledge reads as follows: 

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KI TISSA – PARSHAT PARAH – 13/14 MARCH 2009  »

  • PARSHAT TETZAVEH – SHABBAT ZACHOR – 6/7 MARCH 2009
  •                                ARTSCROLL    LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                      Pg 464               Pg 415

    MAFTIR:                       Pg 1066             Pg 989

    HAFTORAH:                  Pg 1214             Pg 1275

     

     

    EXTRA PURE

     

    Olive oil is a natural, healthy product that has been a part of the Mediterranean diet for millennia.  It is a most versatile product that can be used for cooking, illumination and even as body oil.  The Sages often praised its advantages and a certain Rabbi Chanina remarked that he was able to remain supple and dexterous into his eighties because his mother used to bathe him in hot water and rub him with oil as a child! (Talmud,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TETZAVEH – SHABBAT ZACHOR – 6/7 MARCH 2009  »

  • PARSHAT TERUMAH – 27/28 FEBRUARY 2009
  •                                       ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                            Pg 444               Pg 380

    HAFTORAH:                        Pg 1157             Pg 1121

     

     

     

    STATE OF THE NATION

     

    People are very gloomy and unsure about the future of the country.  What effect will the global economic crisis have on the economy?  What will the country look like under Jacob Zuma?  Can the government address the housing shortage, HIV AIDS and rising inflation?  As per usual, many of our Jewish brethren are voting with their feet and seeking a new

     » Read more about: PARSHAT TERUMAH – 27/28 FEBRUARY 2009  »

  • PARSHAT MISHPATIM – PARSHAT SHEKALIM – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 20/21 FEBRUARY 2009
  •                                      ARTSCROLL   LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                            Pg 416              Pg 356

    MAFTIR (SHEKALIM)          Pg 484               Pg 441

    HAFTORAH:                       Pg 1212             Pg 1271

     

     

    SHARE THE LOAD

     

    The Talmud (Shabbat 31a), basing itself on a verse from the Prophets (Isaiah 33:6), notes that when a Jew will come before the Heavenly Court for judgement, he or she will be asked six questions.  The first four are:

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MISHPATIM – PARSHAT SHEKALIM – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 20/21 FEBRUARY 2009  »

  • PARSHAT YITRO – 18TH ANNUAL JEWISH EMPHASIS WEEK – 13/14 FEBRUARY 2009 – 20 SHEVAT 5769
  •                              ARTSCROLL    LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                    Pg 394             Pg 344

    HAFTORAH:                Pg 1154           Pg 1115

     

     

    COULD YOU BE A LITTLE MORE SENSITIVE?

     

    The two most famous converts to Judaism that are described in scripture are Yitro and Ruth.   They were both sincerely committed to joining the Nation of Israel and to serving its G-d whole-heartedly.  Both of them sacrificed greatly to become Jews.  Ruth abandoned her royal family in Moab and joined her impoverished mother-in-law, Naomi, on the long trek to Israel where she became the ancestor of King David.  Yitro, in the words of Rashi (Shmot 18:4),

     » Read more about: PARSHAT YITRO – 18TH ANNUAL JEWISH EMPHASIS WEEK – 13/14 FEBRUARY 2009 – 20 SHEVAT 5769  »

  • PARSHAT BESHALACH – SHABBAT SHIRA – 6/7 FEBRUARY 2009
  •                               ARTSCROLL    LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                     Pg 366              Pg 320

    HAFTORAH:                 Pg 1152            Pg 1105

     

     

    THE TWO TYPES OF SOLDIERS

     

    One of the oldest and most painful debates in the State of Israel concerns conscription to the army.  According to the famous

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BESHALACH – SHABBAT SHIRA – 6/7 FEBRUARY 2009  »

  • PARSHAT BO – 30/31 JANUARY 2009 – 6 SHEVAT 5769
  •                               ARTSCROLL     LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                     Pg 340              Pg 300

    HAFTORAH:                 Pg 1151            Pg 1103

     

     

     

    COME ON TIME!

     

    With only two and a half months left until Pesach, many Jewish men and women are already beginning to prepare for the festival, if not physically then spiritually and emotionally.  Pesach is without doubt the most complicated and exhausting week in the Jewish calendar:  The house must be thoroughly cleaned, special

     » Read more about: PARSHAT BO – 30/31 JANUARY 2009 – 6 SHEVAT 5769  »

  • PARSHAT VAEIRA – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 23/24 JANUARY 2009 – 28 TEVET 5769
  •                             ARTSCROLL        LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                 Pg    318                Pg 280

    HAFTORAH              Pg  1149                Pg 1097

     

     

    DID IT REALLY HAPPEN?

     

    What is the worse possible disaster that can befall a couple on their wedding day?  The rabbi gets stuck in traffic and cant make it to the chuppah on time, leaving many irritated guests baking in the hot sun?  All of the fish prepared by the caterer is slightly rotten, leading to some seriously upset stomachs and maybe even litigation?  The bride slips off the chair during the dancing, breaking her ankle in the process, or perhaps the groom fails to mention his mother-in-law in his speech? 

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAEIRA – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 23/24 JANUARY 2009 – 28 TEVET 5769  »

  • PARSHAT SHMOT – 16/17 JANUARY 2009
  •                             ARTSCROLL        LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:                 Pg   292                 Pg   258

    HAFTORAH              Pg 1147                 Pg 1095

     

     

    DRESS CODE

     

    Over the last few years, during which I have attended many different events and celebrations in the Jewish community, I have taken careful note of the dress code included on each invitation.   The quantity of possible dress codes seems unlimited and has grown exponentially since the days of 

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHMOT – 16/17 JANUARY 2009  »

  • PARSHAT VAYECHI 9/10 JANUARY 2009
  •                     ARTSCROLL    LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:         Pg   268           Pg   222

    HAFTORAH:     Pg 1145           Pg 1091

     

     

    OUR FATHER JACOB

     

    Its been one year since the ANC appointed a new president.  Most interesting for me at the time was the fact that Jacob Zuma was appointed during the week that we read of the last few days of the life of our patriarch Jacob.  This was an example of historical irony that was not lost on me and it is furthermore a proof that G-ds guiding Hand reaches down even to the foot of the African continent.  Whether this was some form of

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYECHI 9/10 JANUARY 2009  »

  • Parshat Chayei Sarah 2008
  • GOOD MANNERS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING

    As a foreigner in the land of Canaan, the patriarch Abraham was faced with a very real challenge when his beloved wife Sarah passed away. He had no family burial plot in which to lay her remains to rest, but he had his mind set on the Machpela cave on the outskirts of Hebron. Keen to ensure a swift burial, Abraham approached the tribe of Bnei Chet to negotiate the purchase of the cave and the surrounding land. His interaction and dealings with the tribes – people is a model of great respect, integrity and good manners: Several times Abraham bows down as a mark of respect, according to the local custom,

     » Read more about: Parshat Chayei Sarah 2008  »

  • Community Notices
  •  » Read more about: Community Notices  »

  • chayei sarah2008
  • As a foreigner in the land of Canaan, the patriarch Abraham was faced with a very real challenge when his beloved wife Sarah passed away.  He had no family burial plot in which to lay her remains to rest, but he had his mind set on the Machpela cave on the outskirts of Hebron.  Keen to ensure a swift burial, Abraham approached the tribe of Bnei Chet to negotiate the purchase of the cave and the surrounding land.  His interaction and dealings with the tribes-people is a model of great respect, integrity and good manners:  Several times Abraham bows down as a mark of respect, according to the local custom, his words are carefully selected and he pays the purchase price in full using the best legal tender without any delay.

     » Read more about: chayei sarah2008  »

  • Good Manners and Public Speaking
  • GOOD MANNERS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING

     

    As a foreigner in the land of Canaan, the patriarch Abraham was faced with a very real challenge when his beloved wife Sarah passed away.  He had no family burial plot in which to lay her remains to rest, but he had his mind set on the Machpela cave on the outskirts of Hebron.  Keen to ensure a swift burial, Abraham approached the tribe of Bnei Chet to negotiate the purchase of the cave and the surrounding land.  His interaction and dealings with the tribes-people is a model of great respect, integrity and good manners:  Several times Abraham bows down as a mark of respect, according to the local custom,

     » Read more about: Good Manners and Public Speaking  »

  • vayeira2008
  • IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH

    The mitzvah of chesed or gemillut chasadim – acts of loving kindness – is a very broad one.  It includes many different sub – categories, each one having its own laws and details.  The mitzvah of chesed appears in the Torah in a most interesting manner:  (Devarim 28:9)  

     » Read more about: vayeira2008  »

  • PARSHAT VAYELECH
  • SEEN, BUT NOT HEARD?

     

    The penultimate mitzvah in the Torah is that of Hakhel, the massive gathering that took place once every eight years on the festival of Sukkoth in the year immediately following the sabbatical year.  In fact this year, 5769, is a Hakhel year.  This is how Moses describes the event (Devarim 31:10-12):

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYELECH  »

  • PARSHAT VAYELECH 3/4 OCTOBER 2008
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    NUMBER 345

     » Read more about: PARSHAT VAYELECH 3/4 OCTOBER 2008  »

  • PARSHAT KI TEITZEI 2008
  • ARTSCROLL          LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:              Pg 1046                    Pg 966

    HAFTORAH:         Pg 1201                    Pg 1239

     

     

    DUST TO DUST

     

    The plight of the captured Israeli soldiers and the recent return of the two bodies of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev (may Hashem avenge their blood) have brought into focus the importance of a Jewish burial.   The anguish of the families of these young men and the families of the other missing soldiers is always of a dual nature – are their sons still alive and, if they are dead, will their remains ever be brought to

     » Read more about: PARSHAT KI TEITZEI 2008  »

  • PARSHAT SHOFTIM – 10TH WOMENS LEARNING WEEK – 5/6 SEPTEMBER 2008
  • ARTSCROLL          LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:              Pg 1024                    Pg 948

    HAFTORAH:         Pg 1199                    Pg 1235

     

     

    LONG LIVE THE KING!

     

    Today the State of Israel prides itself as perhaps the only true democracy in the Middle East.  Almost every type of political movement and philosophy is represented in the Knesset, from the most secular left-wing groups to the most religious right-wing parties.  There are parties that represent the rights of Russian immigrants and there are Arab parties.  There are socialists and there are capitalists.  Short of fascism, almost every ideology is represented in this most unique of parliaments.  But is the democratic form of government the best for the Jewish state? 

     » Read more about: PARSHAT SHOFTIM – 10TH WOMENS LEARNING WEEK – 5/6 SEPTEMBER 2008  »

  • PARSHAT REEH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 29/30 AUGUST 2008
  • ARTSCROLL          LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:              Pg 998                      Pg 924

    HAFTORAH:          Pg 1199                    Pg 1233

     

     

    THE WORST INSULT FOR THE WORST CRIME

     

    Many parents teach their children,

     » Read more about: PARSHAT REEH – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 29/30 AUGUST 2008  »

  • PARSHAT EIKEV
  • ARTSCROLL          LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:              Pg 980                      Pg 904

    HAFTORAH:         Pg 1197                    Pg 1229

     

     

    IT KEEPS US ON OUR FEET

     

    We are all familiar with the story of Jacob and the angel (see Bereishit 32:23-33).  After ferrying his family across a river while fleeing his murderous brother, Esau, Jacob is left alone on the opposite bank where a stranger, who turns out to be an angel, or, more specifically, the angel of Esau, attacks him. They wrestle until dawn. The angel is unable to better Jacob, so he strikes him upon the thigh, dislocating his hip-socket and leaving Jacob with a limp. 

     » Read more about: PARSHAT EIKEV  »

  • PARSHAT VAETCHANAN – SHABBAT NACHAMU – TU BAV
  • ARTSCROLL          LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:              Pg 958                      Pg 884

    HAFTORAH:          Pg 1196                    Pg 1225

     

     

    THE FIVE SONS

     

    In this parsha, the Torah discusses, no less than five times, children and the importance of communicating with the next generation. 

     

    In the section of the parsha that we read on Tisha BAv, the Torah (Devarim 4:25) warns:

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  • PARSHAT DEVARIM – SHABBAT CHAZON – EREV TISHA BAV – 8/9 AUGUST 2008
  • ARTSCROLL LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA: Pg 938 Pg 866

    HAFTORAH: Pg 1195Pg 1223

    THE POWER OF WORDS?

    Last year, on this Shabbat, a great secret was revealed. A mystery that had tormented the minds of millions was uncovered. The answer to a problem that had, in the words of TIME magazine (July 9, 2007), been

     » Read more about: PARSHAT DEVARIM – SHABBAT CHAZON – EREV TISHA BAV – 8/9 AUGUST 2008  »

  • PARSHAT MASEI – ROSH CHODESH AV – 1/2 AUGUST 2008
  • ARTSCROLL          LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:              Pg 918                      Pg 840

    HAFTORAH:          Pg 1193                    Pg 1217

     

     

    DOES HE WANT ME TO DO IT?

     

    Today there are many figures of speech that have become

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MASEI – ROSH CHODESH AV – 1/2 AUGUST 2008  »

  • PARSHAT MATOT 2008 – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 25/26 JULY 2008
  • ARTSCROLL          LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:              Pg 900                      Pg 822

    HAFTORAH:         Pg 1192                    Pg 1213

     

     

    ANGER MANAGEMENT

     

    I am often amazed at how certain couples that appear to be totally incompatible nevertheless marry, only to separate later.  Famous examples include: Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela; Prince Charles and Diana; Michael Jackson and Lisa-Marie Presley.  In our own city the murder trial of Najwa Petersen has brought this issue to the fore.  The late Taliep Petersen was one of the most vibrant, modern, talented and extroverted entertainers in Cape Town.  How did he end up with the dour, depressive and sullen wife who eventually took his life? 

     » Read more about: PARSHAT MATOT 2008 – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 25/26 JULY 2008  »

  • PARSHAT PINCHAS 2008 – 18/19 JULY – 16 TAMMUZ 5768
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                            ARTSCROLL         LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:              Pg 876                      Pg 798

    HAFTORAH:          Pg 1190                    Pg 1209

     

     

    HARMING BODY AND SOUL

     

    The problem of dual allegiances is a pressing one in our generation.  Do we put our family first or our careers?  Can we be loyal to our host country while we remain ardent Zionists?  Do we stay at home to watch the rugby or do we come to shul?  Who do we respond to first – our parents or our spouses?  Some of these issues may seem frivolous, but often such conflicts can lead to major arguments and resentment. 

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  • PARSHAT BALAK 2008
  • THE BRAZEN

     

    What would you do if, in answer to a doubt or question you have, G-d appeared to you directly and told you what to do?  Would you not follow His advice to the letter?  Most of us probably would, but this was not the case in our parsha, in respect of the non-Jewish prophet Bilaam.  Balak, king of Moav, sent messengers to Bilaam requesting him to come to his kingdom and to curse the Children of Israel before they could wage war against him. Bilaam told the emissaries to stay overnight and wait until he received clarification from G-d.  That evening G-d said to Bilaam in a dream (Bamidbar 22:12),

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  • PARSHAT CHUKAT 2008
  •                         ARTSCROLL          LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:             Pg 839                      Pg 757

    HAFTORAH:         Pg 1187                    Pg 1201

     

    THOSE WERE THE DAYS MY SON!

     

    The action in this weeks Haftorah takes place in the period known as Yemei HaShoftim, the era of the judges that extended from the death of Joshua to the appointment of Samuel as leader of Israel before the reign of King Saul.  It was a difficult time for the Jewish people.  The Book of Ruth, which also occurs during this period, opens with the phrase,

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  • PARSHAT KORACH 2008 – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 27/28 JUNE 2008 – 25 SIVAN 5768
  • ARTSCROLL         LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:              Pg 821                      Pg 741

    HAFTORAH:         Pg 1186                    Pg 1197

     

    WHY DO IT AGAIN?

     

    The Haftorah, that section from the prophets that is read every Shabbat and festival following the Torah reading, must always have a theme similar to the parsha of the week or the festival that is being celebrated.  This weeks reading is no different.  In the first book of Samuel (chapters 11 and 12) the aged prophet rebukes the Jewish people after King Saul has been crowned king in accordance with their request (12:1-5):

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  • PARSHAT SHELACH
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                             ARTSCROLL         LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:             Pg 779                      Pg 723

    HAFTORAH:         Pg 1184                    Pg 1193

     

     

    AT YOUR SERVICE

     

    A pivotal figure in the story of the 12 spies is Joshua, representative of the Tribe of Ephraim and prot

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  • BEHA’ALOTCHA 2008
  • ARTSCROLL         LIVING TORAH

    PARSHA:              Pg 774                      Pg 703

    HAFTORAH:         Pg 1182                    Pg 1189

     

     

    THE OTHER SIDE

     

    Not long ago, Kofi Anan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations declared: “The whole world is demanding that Israel withdraw [from one of the

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  • NASSO 2008
  • THE LONELY DAY

     

    In just two days time we will be celebrating the festival of Shavuot.  The period of time in which we currently find ourselves is called the shloshet yemei hagbalah, the three days of encircling (the mountain).  Prior to the giving of the Torah, Hashem commanded Moses to tell the people to prepare themselves spiritually and physically over three days for the forthcoming revelation at Sinai.  Even today the excitement and joy in the run-up to Shavuot can be felt as Jews prepare themselves to once again receive the Torah.  Consequently, these three days (3rd, 4th and 5th of Sivan) are semi-festive in nature.  The 1st of Sivan is Rosh Chodesh,

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  • PARSHAT BAMIDBAR – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 30/31 MAY 2008 – 26 IYAR 5768
  • DO YOUR BIT, G-D WILL DO HIS

     

    The Torah informs us that after the general census of the other Tribes, which included only men of military age – 20 and up – Moses was commanded by Hashem to count all males from the Tribe of Levi from the age of one month.  (Bamidbar 3:15.)  This created somewhat of a dilemma for the aged leader.  As Rashi explains (ibid verse 16), Moses posed the following question to Hashem:

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  • NUMBER 326
  • CURSES!

     

    The Talmud (Meggilah 31a and 31b) rules that one may not take a break while reading the section of the klalot (curses) that appear in this weeks parsha.  Practically this means that we may not call up more than one person for the entire section even though it is rather lengthy.  Two reasons for this are offered in the Talmud.  The first is based on a verse in Proverbs (Mishlei 3:11),

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  • PARSHAT BEHAR 2008 – 16/17 MAY 2008
  • IN YOUR BEST INTERESTS

     

    A building contractor dies in a car accident on his 40th birthday and finds himself at the Heavenly Gates. A brass band is playing, the angels are singing a beautiful song, there is a huge crowd cheering and shouting his name, and absolutely everyone wants to shake his hand.  Just when he thinks things can’t possibly get any better, the archangel Michael himself runs over, apologizes for not greeting him personally at the Gates, shakes his hand, and says, “Congratulations son, we’ve been waiting a long time for you.”  Totally confused and a little embarrassed, the contractor sheepishly looks at Michael and says, “O great angel, I tried to lead a G-d fearing life,

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  • PARSHAT EMOR – YOM HAATZMAUT
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  • PARSHAT KEDOSHIM – SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH
  • DISGUSTING!

     

    In a recent sermon over Pesach I used a Yiddish word that I believed to be quite harmless.  Imagine my shock when a congregant informed me of its true meaning – it is none other than a swear word.  I thanked him and undertook to remove the word from my vocabulary.  On recent reflection, however, I noticed that many words in that expressive and creative language are insulting, rude or just downright nasty.  There are a host of words to describe different people: non-Jews, misbehaved children, people of different racial and ethnic groups, clumsy people, unlucky people, stupid people and handicapped people.  You name it and Yiddish has a word for it. 

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  • SEVENTH DAY PESACH 2008
  • THE TWO TYPES OF SOLDIERS

     

    One of the oldest and most painful debates in the State of Israel concerns conscription to the army.  According to the famous

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  • PARSHAT ACHAREI MOT – SHABBAT HAGADOL – EREV PESACH
  • THE UNMENTIONABLE DEED
     
    Throughout his lifetime, the average person will attempt to achieve a balance between three distinct categories of deeds or actions: (i) those he wants to do; (ii) those he does not want to do, but knows he must and (iii) those he hopes he will never have to do under any circumstances.  Examples of these three categories are as varied and numerous as humanity itself and they change as we mature and grow.
     
    For some children, the deed they want to do might be attending school – it may provide a refuge from their home, a place to socialise, and they may even be academically inclined.  For others, attending school might be part of the second category of those deeds they would rather not do,  » Read more about: PARSHAT ACHAREI MOT – SHABBAT HAGADOL – EREV PESACH  »

  • PARSHAT METZORA
  • THE REHABILITATED WARRIOR AND THE FALLEN DISCIPLE

     

    This weeks parsha, together with its counterpart, Tazria, which we studied last week, provides detailed information about the disease called tzaraat.  Every aspect of the disease is discussed – from its symptoms and appearance, to the period of quarantine required for those afflicted and the method by which one can cure himself of the disease.  The only detail omitted by scripture is the cause of the disease.  A cursory reading of the text would cause one to conclude that the disease is purely physical and brought about by an infection of sorts.  However, this is not the case.  The Torah is neither a medical textbook nor a tract of wondrous cures and remedies for maladies and illnesses. 

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  • PARSHAT TAZRIA, PARSHAT HACHODESH, SHABBAT MEVARCHIM HACHODESH – 2008
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  • PARSHAT PEKUDEI 2008
  • THE BLESSED WEEK

     

    For the last five weeks we have studied in detail the plans and construction of the Mishkan, or Tabernacle, the portable sanctuary in the wilderness and the forerunner to the Temples in Jerusalem.  At last, after three months of intensive labour, the holy structure is ready to be erected and the workmen bring the different parts before Moses for approval.  Upon inspecting the finished product, the great Prophet is extremely moved (Shmot 39:43):

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  • VAYAKHEL 2008
  • WE GROW FROM CHALLENGES

    The ancient Romans had a saying, “ex Africa semper aliquid novi” – “out of Africa there is always something new.” In the days of Pliny, the great Latin scholar, to whom these words are attributed, there was no place more mysterious and unknown than the African continent. Strange people, unusual animals and bizarre mannerisms came from Africa to the Roman Empire on a regular basis.

    But had Pliny been alive today, I imagine he would have said that “from Africa, there is always very much of the same” – the same tyrants, the same tribal warfare, the same poverty, the same diseases and the same economic hardships.

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  • KI TISA 2008
  • THE HOLY COIN

    Every year, in the month of Adar, Jews would donate a silver half-shekel to the Temple in Jerusalem to enable the treasurer to purchase animals for the communal sacrifices and for other daily requirements in that sacred place. The Torah (Shmot 30:13), in this week’s parsha, demands that the money for the donation be “a half-shekel of the holy shekel (shekel hakodesh).” What is meant by “the holy shekel?” How can currency be sacred? Rashi and Ramban explain that the Torah’s intention here is to distinguish between regular currency and that which is used for sacred matters, such as the redemption of the firstborn son (five shekels) and the valuation of fields and objects that have been dedicated to the Temple.

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  • TETZAVEH 2008
  • LET’S DANCE

    The choice of how to decorate one’s home is a very personal one. There are those who opt for a purely utilitarian approach with the minimum of clutter while there are some who believe a house should be adorned with as many ornaments and trappings as possible, even if they serve no practical purpose. In the Torah portions we are currently studying the Torah describes the “House of G-d”, the portable Tabernacle that served as the forerunner of the Temples in Jerusalem. What sort of ‘house’ was the Tabernacle? Was it mostly functional or did it possess beauty together with utility? Of the clothing worn by the Cohanim who served within its precincts there is no doubt,

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  • TERUMAH 2008
  • THE JEWISH TABLE

    There is a legendary gentleman who frequents the Western Wall and whose place in the World To Come is assured. He has masterminded a ‘programme’ against assimilation through which he has saved literally thousands of young Jews from disappearing into a spiritual vacuum. This man is not a rabbi, he does not employ sophisticated educational tools to reach out to the non-affiliated, and, as far as I know, he has no formal training. Yet time and time again he brings Jews back to their faith and their heritage with astonishing success. What is his secret? Put simply – his table. It is the most potent weapon against alienation and estrangement from Judaism.

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  • MISHPATIM 2008
  • ALL THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

    Within the many civil laws that make up the bulk of our parsha, the Torah (Shmot 23:6-8) states: “Do not pervert the judgment of your destitute person in his grievance. Distance yourself from a false word; do not execute the innocent or the righteous, for I shall not exonerate the wicked. Do not accept a bribe, for the bribe will blind those who see and corrupt words that are just.” Rabbi Ovadiah Seforno is bothered by the Torah’s usage of the words “distance yourself” – implying a complete rejection of falsehood in whatever form. He therefore explains that the Torah’s intention is to warn against any action or word that may ultimately lead to falsehood,

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  • YITRO 2008
  • WHAT, SO MANY?

     

    The end of the calendar year brings with it many retrospectives on the last twelve months.One of these is TIME magazine’s ‘Best Of The Year’ edition (December 24, 2007) that features many Top 10 lists on a variety of topics, from the ten best films to the ten most under-reported news stories to the ten best sports moments (the victory of South Africa over England at the Rugby World Cup ranks number 4).The magazine concludes with a tongue-in-cheek essay entitled ‘The Power Of 10 – Why do we go list-crazy at the end of every year?Here are the Top 10 reasons.’In descending order, the writer, James Poniewozik, lists 10 reasons why people are obsessed with lists.Reason number ten is “G-d made us do it.”As Poniewozik explains,

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  • Bo 2008
  • THE FOUR GENERATIONS

     

    The Jews have for eons been known as the ‘People Of The Book.’  But just what book is this?  Naturally we would respond that the book is the Torah, the Five Books Of Moses, or, by extension, the Tanach, or Hebrew Bible, that includes the Prophets and the Writings.  The ‘book’ could even refer to the multitude of hefty volumes that make up the Talmud and its commentaries. If we use as our the criteria the sheer number of printed volumes of a particular book to determine what the most popular book of Judaism is, then neither the Torah nor the Talmud would be the front runner.  That honour belongs to the Haggadah of Pesach. 

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  • SHMOT 2007
  • ONE PROBLEM AT A TIME

    The Cairo Geniza, or ‘hiding place’, a treasure trove of ancient Jewish manuscripts, letters and documents, was discovered in 1896 in the Ben Ezra Shul in Fostat, old Cairo.This major archaeological find contained almost 200 000 Jewish manuscripts dating from between 870 to 1880.From these documents scholars were able to reconstruct the social and economic history of the Middle East from the period 950-1250.One archaeologist named Goitein created an index of the Geniza that covered about 35 000 individuals, which included 350 ‘prominent people’ (such as Maimonides and his son Avraham), 200 ‘better known families’, 450 professions and 450 different trading goods.He identified material from Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia, Sicily and even covering trade with India.Cities mentioned range from Samarqand in Central Asia to Seville and Sijilmasa,

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  • Bereishit 2007
  • DO YOU TAKE THIS WOMAN TO BE YOUR WIFE?

    At the outset of his very lengthy work on the laws of marriage, the Rambam gives a brief introduction to the history of this ancient institution (Hilchot Ishut 1:1): “Before the Torah was given, a man would meet a woman in the marketplace, and, if both were agreeable, he would take her to his home, consummate the marriage in private and she would become his wife.” In the pre-Torah era, there was very little formality to a marriage and basically no legal requirements. It was very similar to the famous depiction of a prehistoric Neanderthal man bashing a woman over the head with his club and dragging her back to his cave.

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  • Vayeitzei 2007
  • I OWE, I OWE, IT’S OFF TO WORK I GO!

    Jacob, the third of our patriarchs, is perhaps most famous for his dedication to Torah study. Already as a teenager, the Torah describes Jacob as a “wholesome man, dwelling in tents” (Bereishit 25:27), which, as Rashi explains, is a reference to the tents of Shem and Ever, two descendants of Noah who set up academies of spiritual instruction. As an adult, Jacob spent a further fourteen years of study in the academy of Ever before setting out on his journey to find a wife and build the Tribes of Israel (see Tractate Megillah 16b-17a). At the end of his days, the elderly patriarch still remained firmly committed to Torah education and,

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