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    Judge and jury – when it’s okay to speak your mind

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    While Rosh Hashanah reminds us that G-d is the “true judge”, there’s no denying the fact that as human beings, we often judge one another. How do we maintain strength and self-belief when someone else is judging us or our choices?
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    Yom Tov on a budget

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    In these tough economic times, lavish Yom Tov and breaking-of-the-fast meals are often a thing of the past. But just because your budget is tight doesn’t mean you can’t have a special dinner that leaves everyone feeling celebratory and satisfied.
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    My Rosh Hashanah resolution: accepting my child with ADD

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) What did I do to deserve the child who doesn’t eat when she’s supposed to – if she eats at all – who doesn’t sleep when she’s supposed to, who doesn’t learn what she’s supposed to learn, and often doesn’t do what she’s supposed to do?
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    Cut down on caffeine for a more fabulous fast

    Sep 26, 2019 1 Comment
    I have never fasted well. From a young age, the mere thought that I would have to do so filled me with anxiety and stress. It was even more frustrating for me that my experience wasn’t the same as others, who regard a day without food as a mere inconvenience.
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    Judging the highest and lowest in equal measure

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    This week's Torah portion, Nitzavim, is always read on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah. There are so many things about this portion that connect it to Rosh Hashanah. Nitzavim speaks of our commitment to G-d, His Torah, and mitzvahs (good deeds). It teaches about teshuvah (repentance), and foretells our return to G-d in this dark exile, reassuring us that G-d will gather us from the farthest places.
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    • Ilan Herrmann

    Not so fast – hold off on that produce!

    Sep 19, 2019 Go comment!
    The penultimate portion in the lead up to Rosh Hashanah is Ki Tavo. We search for the essential message G-d is trying to convey to us through the “living Torah”, especially in these important days preceding the Days of Judgement.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Anti-Semitism has its benefits

    Sep 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Whether it manifests in the crude bigotry of the lower classes or the snide subtleties of the upper crust, anti-Semitism is a fact of life.
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    • RabbiBrett

    Man the gates of your personal kingdom

    Sep 05, 2019 Go comment!
    Consider this body-mind paradigm shift. What if we viewed the body as a mini kingdom, with the head as the supreme judge and king, the heart as the place of vibrancy and energy, and the limbs as the hubs of busy activity?
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    • RabbiKagan (2)

    The greatest present is the present

    Aug 29, 2019 Go comment!
    As the Hebrew month of Elul approaches, thoughts of the upcoming high holidays fill my head and a mixture of emotions fills my heart. Elul is a time of introspection and preparation. The focus moves to the future and our readiness for the days of judgement and pardon, namely Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
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    Don’t get lost in the wilderness

    Aug 22, 2019 Go comment!
    Much has been said and written about the galut mentality, the subservience felt by generations of Jews living in the diaspora. As second-class citizens for so many generations in Eastern Europe and in Arab countries, Jews allegedly came to lose their self-esteem. Finally, in our own time, the old ghetto Jew would be replaced with a proud, strong, independent Israeli. No more would Moshke the Jew cower before Poretz the country squire.
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    • Ilan Herrmann

    Seeing light where others see darkness

    Aug 15, 2019 Go comment!
    The Talmud tells us that Rabban Gamliel, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaria, Rabbi Joshua, and Rabbi Akiva went up to Jerusalem. When they reached Mt Scopus, they tore their garments as an act of grief and mourning for the Temple that had been destroyed there. When they reached the Temple Mount, they saw a fox emerging from the place where the Holy of Holies was situated.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Are we really independent?

    Aug 08, 2019 Go comment!
    Tens of thousands of Jews will converge on Jerusalem’s Western Wall this week as our people mark Tisha B’Av, our national day of mourning. On this day in history, both our holy temples were destroyed, and a host of other calamities have occurred throughout the centuries.
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    • RabbiMalcolm

    Danger of making incidental significant

    Aug 01, 2019 Go comment!
    While encamped on the eastern side of the River Jordan, the tribes of Reuben and Gad, owners of cattle, observed that the Land of Jazer and Gilead was suitable for the rearing of livestock. Knowing that the people of Israel were about to cross over the Jordan to enter the land of Canaan, they asked that they be allowed to remain and settle on the east side of the river.
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    It’s wiser to be an activist than a critic

    Jul 25, 2019 Go comment!
    In the aftermath of Pinchas’ slaying of Zimri and Kozbi at the end of last week’s Torah portion, we read this week how some of the Jewish people complained about him. They found it difficult to believe that someone who came from a lineage such as his could have been genuinely disgusted by Zimri’s acts. So, G-d reminded them that although on one side of his family, Pinchas’ ancestors were non-Jewish idol worshipers, on his father’s side, he was descended from Aaron the high priest.
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    • ParshaRabbiWidmonte

    Crouched in wait for destiny

    Jul 18, 2019 Go comment!
    The Talmud (B’rachot 12b) records that certain sages raised the idea of including an extra section in the Sh’ma, above and beyond the three we read already. This, they suggested, should be taken from this week’s sidrah (portion) Balak. The only reason they refrained from doing so is that it would make the Sh’ma too long for the community.
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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    The mystery of the red cow

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    The information age has given us an unprecedented ability to understand ourselves, one another, and the world around us. I’m a person with eclectic interests, and have, in my spare time, learned about film criticism, history, engineering, battery design, photography, psychology, design, philosophy, sociology, and lockpicking (I know, right?) All of this has been done without stepping foot in a lecture, but by watching experts on YouTube, and taking online courses.
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    • Rabbi Deren

    Who needs rabbis anyway?

    Jul 04, 2019 Go comment!
    A small group of daring though deeply spiritual people gathered in the Sinai desert 3 330 years ago with a bold proposition: to create a framework wherein man and G-d engage directly without any space or need for further human intervention – “we are all holy in the eyes of G-d”.
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    • Ilan Herrmann

    Learning to live under water

    Jun 27, 2019 Go comment!
    Each of the 12 tribes had a great spiritual leader. Moses dispatched them to scout the land of Canaan in advance of its intended conquest.
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    • RabbiLandau (2)

    Positively brilliant

    Jun 20, 2019 Go comment!
    In this week’s parsha, some of the Jewish people are taken to task for complaining. First, they complained of exhaustion as a result of their travels in the desert, and second, they complained about the manna that Hashem gave them as food. In both cases, Hashem was actually being kind to them! He made them travel quickly in order to enter the land of Israel, and the manna He fed them was a miraculous food that gave energy, satiation, and helped them to think.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    Shavuot: always receiving

    Jun 06, 2019 Go comment!
    The year was 1935, and the Spanish government was making elaborate plans to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Rambam’s birth, seemingly a great honour and proud moment for Jews everywhere.
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