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    • IlanaStein

    Omer – a dual counting

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    All our Jewish holidays enumerated in the Torah have a dual foundation: a historical foundation and an agricultural one. This should not surprise us. We often forget in our very urban times that from the people’s entry into the land of Israel (in about 1400 BCE) until the exile after the destruction of the Second Temple, we were an agricultural people, living off the land.
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    • DulceDeLecheCheesecake

    Pizza pizzaz with delectable dulce de leche cheesecake

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    With Shavuot just around the corner, these two specially-created Sharon Glass recipes are sure to be winners with your family. Indulge in a little bit of decadence with the dulce de leche cheesecake (it’s just sublime)! It’s dairy time, so while the pizza dough will take you just minutes to make, you can use any topping and vamp the pizzas up a bit. Change the shape, and see how interesting you can make them. Have fun!
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    • CheeseBlintzeswithOrangeConfit

    Blintzes in a blitz

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    CHEESE BLINTZES WITH ORANGE CONFIT (or without it’s just as delicious)
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    The most difficult commandment?

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    Revelations bring revolutions. And the greatest revelation in history brought about what is arguably the most far-reaching of all social revolutions. The revelation at Sinai – witnessed not by one lone prophet or a prophet and his close disciples, but by the entire nation of Israel, millions of men, women, and children – changed the world forever. That day was Shavuot, when we heard the voice of G-d thundering down the ten commandments, G-d gave the Torah to the Jewish people, and we became His ambassadors to the world at large. Virtually every civilisation defers to the ten commandments as the basic universal principles of morality and ethics.
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    • ParshaRabbiRichard

    Be respectful – it’s a mitzvah

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    The portion of Bechukotai contains the warnings of the tragedies that may befall the Jewish people if they stray from the ways of the Torah. The section begins with the words, “Im bechukotai timasu (If you consider my laws loathsome).
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    • Ilan Smith

    A magical Zoom Lag B’Omer

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    “We had a magical and mystical Lag B’Omer this year,” says Rabbi Yossy Goldman of Sydenham Shul. Participants delved deeper into the insights of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, one of the heroes of Lag B’Omer, and were treated to the veiled mysteries and sleight of hand of Illusionist Ilan Smith. But the highlight was a live video link to the small mountain town of Meron in the Upper Galilee of Israel, the home of Rabbi Shimon’s ancient tomb.
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    • RabbiHazdan

    Lag B’Omer finds the fire within

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    I was setting up the tefillin (phylacteries) booth on the Venice Boardwalk in Los Angeles in the late 1970s. I was a teenager, hoping to capitalise on the throngs of people expected that Sunday, and to afford as many Jewish men as possible the opportunity to put on tefillin.
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    In dark times, look on the bright side

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    This coming Tuesday, we will celebrate Lag B’Omer. It’s a day that marks the passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a great Torah scholar and Kabbalist who lived in the second century. It also marks the end of the plague which killed many of Rabbi Akiva’s students.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Who is Holy?

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    Who is holy? Is it the mountain-top mystic, the monk in the monastery, or the guru in the garage?
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    • ParshaRabbiWidmonte

    Words which unite, words which divide

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    The Torah teaches us that “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Mishlei 18:21), and much has been written and spoken – rightly so – about the negativity of lashon hara (negative speech). Every year, when the Parshiot Tazria and M’tzorah come around, we revisit the terrible tzara’at (plague) which visited people who had been so corrupted by lashon hara.
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    • RabbiAvtzon

    Sage words from the Baal Shem Tov

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    If you would ask me, “Rabbi, what’s your favourite story ever?”, it would be the following little tale which I hope will resonate with you too, especially in the unusual times we find ourselves in.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    This Pesach, let’s dig deep

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    This is going to be a Pesach like none other. As we follow the stipulations laid out so resolutely by our state president – observing them not just as law-abiding citizens, but as Jews for whom the protection and preservation of human life is one of the highest Torah values – we will confront something we’ve never confronted before.
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    • RabbiRGoldstein

    Passover is no pushover

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Pesach is a very interesting and stressful time of the Jewish year. There are so many fresh mitzvot (commandments) that have to be performed, so much food that has to be cooked and eaten (which is never really such a problem), and many guests to entertain.
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    • RabbiChaikinUSE

    Closing doors, opening hearts and minds

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    “As for you, you shall not leave the entrance of the house.” (Exodus 14, 22)
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    • AidelKazilsky

    The updated version of Mah Nishtana 5780

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Mah nishatana hashana hazot mekol hashanim? (Why is this year different from all other years?)
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    • FourCups

    Why is this night different to other nights?

    Apr 02, 2020 1 Comment
    The number four is built into the seder experience. Through the evening, we will drink four cups of wine, we will ask four questions, we will speak of the four sons, and on a personal level, I normally argue with a minimum of four people before the evening winds to its slurry and exhausting conclusion.
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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    The irony of celebrating the festival of freedom in lockdown

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Wow! How the world has changed in the past few weeks! Our sages say, “The salvation of Hashem comes in the blink of an eye,” and King David said in tehillim (psalms) 126, “When Hashem brings us back to Zion, we will be like dreamers.”
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    • SImonApfelPesach

    The blessing of boredom

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    The famous therapist, Salvador Minuchin, was once asked if he believed in multiple personality disorder. He replied, “A person with multiple personality disorder is someone with very few personalities that talk to each other inside their head. Me? I have hundreds.”
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    • AdinaRothNew

    A new and subtle freedom

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Have you ever experienced a moment in your life when it felt as if the ground beneath your feet disappeared? Psychologists call these moments “life shocks”.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Bringing the seder home

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    I was speaking to a psychologist the other day, and he told me about a particular case he was dealing with and how it took him a full two years of therapy just to get this one child to open up and share her honest, inner feelings with him. Well, I’m not claiming that Judaism has a magical panacea for all ailments, but I do believe strongly that it can help us in real life in many ways we often haven’t considered.
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