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  • Va’era (5771) – The Birth of History

    The parasha of Va’era begins with some fateful words. It would not be too much to say that they changed the course of history because they changed the way people thought about history. In fact, they gave birth to the… read more

  • Va’era (5767) – Of Lice and Men

    “Throughout all Egypt the dust turned into lice. But when the magicians tried to produce lice by their secret arts, they could not. The lice attacked men and animals alike. The magicians said to Pharaoh, ‘This is the finger of… read more

  • Va’era (5769) – The Cup of Hope

    As a child, I used to be fascinated by the cup of Elijah at the seder table. Would the prophet come when we opened the door after the meal? Would he be visible or invisible? Did the level of the… read more

  • Va’era (5770) – Losing Freedom

    It is one of the classic philosophical conundrums. In this week’s sedra, before even the first plague has struck Egypt, G-d tells Moses: “But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply My miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt. He will… read more

  • Va’era (5768) – The G-d Who Acts In History

    The Israelites are at their lowest ebb. They have been enslaved. A decree has been issued that every male child is to be killed. Moses is sent to liberate them, but the first effect of his intervention is to make… read more

  • Va’era (5772) – Freedom and Truth

    Why did Moses tell Pharaoh, if not a lie, then less than the full truth? Here is the conversation between him and Pharaoh after the fourth plague, arov, “swarms of insects” (some say “wild animals”) Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron… read more

  • Faith Lectures: The Messianic Idea Today

    [Unedited verbatim transcript] Chairman (Howard Jackson): Good evening Chief Rabbi, Ladies and Gentlemen and thank you all for coming. This evening’s topic is “The Messianic idea today”. After the talk, the Chief Rabbi has agreed to take questions and there… read more

  • Democratized holiness: Yom Kippur and moral responsibility

    Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holy of holies of Jewish time. It is that rarest of phenomena, a Jewish festival without food. Instead it is a day of fasting and prayer, introspection and self-judgment when, collectively and… read more

  • Emor (5768) – Counting Time

    THE HUMAN BODY CONTAINS 100 TRILLION CELLS. Within each cell is a nucleus. Within each nucleus is a double copy of the human genome. Each genome contains 3.1 billion letters of genetic code, enough if transcribed to fill a library… read more

  • A Double Celebration – A Thought on Shavuot

    The festival of Shavuot is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Here is how Shavuot is described and defined in parsha Emor: From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off… read more