TERUMAH: Can you see the wood from the trees?

“There’s no place like home” Dorothy, Wizard of Oz There are many outstanding accomplishments for us as a natio,  but building is certainly not amongst them. It may come therefore as somewhat of a surprise  to discover that  from the sedra of Terumah onwards the rest of  the book of Shemot centers around the buildingContinue reading “TERUMAH: Can you see the wood from the trees?”

MISHPATIM: The Shoemaker’s Simple Stitches

In the mundane, nothing is sacred; in the sacred, nothing is mundane Dōgen The cure for boredom is curiosity  Dorothy Parker Life can be boring. Let’s face it. If I have learned anything from this third and seemingly endless lockdown, it is that, when all the busyness of life dissipates, life’s quality increases. It isContinue reading “MISHPATIM: The Shoemaker’s Simple Stitches”

YITRO: “Let the carob trees prove it!”

“Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors” Ralph Waldo Emerson Never was there a more profound moment not just in Jewish history but arguably in humankind than the Divine Revelation witnessed by the Jewish Nation as they stood at the foot of Sinai. Cloaked in thunder and lightning, humankind heard first-hand the wordContinue reading “YITRO: “Let the carob trees prove it!””

BESHALACH: Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tyre?

Then I’ll get down on my knees and pray,  We don’t get fooled again, No, no! The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again As Jews, prayer has always been sacrosanct – a first, rather than a last resort. King David himself was defined by prayer: veani tefilati – “ I am my prayer”. Prayer is ourContinue reading “BESHALACH: Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tyre?”