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  • Tzav (5768) – On Sacrifice

    Nothing in Judaism has proved more complex or internally controversial than the biblical approach to sacrifices. On the one hand they occupy a key position in the Mosaic books. Their laws are set out in great detail. No less significant… read more

  • Tzav (5771) – Why Civilizations Die

    In her recent The Watchman’s Rattle, subtitled ‘Thinking our way out of extinction’, Rebecca Costa delivers a fascinating account of how civilizations die. Their problems become too complex. Societies reach what she calls a cognitive threshold. They simply can’t chart… read more

  • Tzav (5773) – Violence and the Sacred

    Judaism is less a philosophical system than a field of tensions – between universalism and particularism, for example, or exile and redemption, priests and prophets, cyclical and linear time and so on. Rarely is this more in evidence than in… read more

  • Tzav (5774) – On Not Trying To Be What You Are Not

    The great leaders know their own limits. They do not try to do it all themselves. They build teams. They create space for people who are strong where they are weak. They understand the importance of checks and balances and… read more

  • Shemini (5773) – Fire: Holy and Unholy

    The shock is immense. For several weeks and many chapters – the longest prelude in the Torah – we have read of the preparations for the moment at which G-d would bring His presence to rest in the midst of… read more

  • Tsav (5767) – Violence and the Sacred

    JUDAISM IS LESS A PHILOSOPHICAL SYSTEM than a field of tensions – between universalism and particularism, for example, or exile and redemption, priests and prophets, cyclical and linear time and so on. Rarely is this more in evidence than in… read more