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    • RabbiSchell

    Gathering physically isn’t essential, preserving life is

    Jun 04, 2020 Go comment!
    Like the United States president, President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared that places of worship are “essential places that provide essential services”, and must therefore reopen.
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    • Shavuot7

    Freedom hopelessly inadequate without rules

    May 28, 2020 Go comment!
    As limiting as laws and rules may seem, they are integral to liberty. Although the Torah establishes a system of rules which govern our lives, its guidelines actually give us a framework for navigating our freedom.
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    Why did G-d give us the Torah?

    May 28, 2020 Go comment!
    After the festival of our liberation, Pesach, comes Shavuot, the festival of the receiving of our Torah. The days of Sefirah (the counting of the Omer), beginning on the second night of Pesach and ending on the eve of Shavuot, connect these two great festivals.
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    • RabbiKagan (2)

    Why do we eat cheesecake on Shavuot?

    May 28, 2020 Go comment!
    Who makes your favourite cheesecake? This question reminds us of baking competitions and communal Shavuot dinner desserts. It’s popular custom to partake of dairy products and honey during this wonderful festival, when we celebrate Hashem giving us His Torah and the harvest season in the land of Israel.
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    • Rabbi Deren

    The ice cream of the crop

    May 28, 2020 Go comment!
    I don’t think I’m the only one going into Shavuos with a gulp in my throat, knowing that if, G-d forbid, Moshiach doesn’t come in the next 48 hours, we’ll be spending our first Shavuos at home.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    Homemade Torah

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    This Shavuot, instead of being in shul with our communities, learning from our rabbis, we’re at home, learning with our families.
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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    Torah – the true north to our moral compass

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    One of my teachers, Rabbi David Aaron, tells the story of a student whose father had recently passed away. “My father,” the young man said, “was an atheist, and a fantastic human being. It’s true that he didn’t have the Torah in his life, but frankly I don’t think he could have been more moral even if he had the Torah. So why do we need the Torah?”
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    • RabbiChaikinUSE

    A wedding to remember

    May 21, 2020 1 Comment
    We have all seen recent pictures of brides and grooms marking their special day around the world, but there is something eerily absent in these celebrations: the crowd.
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    G-d is one – and so are we

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    Unlike most other holidays, Shavuot doesn’t have many ceremonial rituals. Paramount to the traditional celebration in better times was convening in shul to hear the ten commandments, often followed by a deluxe dairy feast.
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    • AdinaRothNew

    The gift of Ruth: cleaving to social intimacy

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    It feels strange to be approaching Shavuot having had very little meaningful contact with people outside my immediate family since before Pesach.
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    • RabbiGreg

    Why a crisis needs a woman in charge

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    I recently read an article in the Guardian asking, “Are female leaders more successful at managing the coronavirus crisis?” (25 April 2020). The writer looked at the results of countries like New Zealand, Germany, Finland, and Denmark, all governed by female leaders, up against the less exemplary record of some of their male peers – no names named, but I know who you are probably thinking of. Not just in their COVID-19 statistics, but in the way that the messaging has been broadcast – strong and clear, but compassionate, empathetic, and inspirational at the same time, creating a sense of trust in the leadership.
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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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