Physical, cognitive or spiritual herd immunity – which will help us survive?

Published Times of Israel 04 May 2020 Spiritual herd immunity’ has redeemed our nation for thousands of years – these values haven’t disappeared in the current crisis. With each passing day, it is becoming clearer that part of the solution to COVID-19 will include some level of “herd immunity,” acquired over time. However, according toContinue reading “Physical, cognitive or spiritual herd immunity – which will help us survive?”

Trump’s Communication: Intimate or disconnected?

Perhaps the most startling aspect of President Trump’s leadership both as Republican nominee in the election and even more so as President was the pointed and often offensive tweets that Trump chose to share with the world at large. The advantage of tweeting if of course the ability to disseminate one’s opinion and message instantaneously. He  no longerContinue reading “Trump’s Communication: Intimate or disconnected?”

Lecture – Heinz Dilemma: His money or her life?

Living by ethical priniciples in an imperfect world tests a person’s character. How do we resolve tensions when moral principles conflict? Lawrence Kohlberg presented the following dilemma: 1.In Europe, a woman was near death from a specialkind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form ofContinue reading “Lecture – Heinz Dilemma: His money or her life?”

Exodus – ‘Shemot’: Please remove your shoes

The first encounter with the Almighty by Moshe is one we are all familiar with. Moshe finds himself alone in the desert and noticing an extraordinary phenomena of a Bush burning yet not being consumed by the fire he turns aside to examine this remarkable occurrence. On drawing closer Hashem commands Moshe to remove hisContinue reading “Exodus – ‘Shemot’: Please remove your shoes”

Genesis – ‘Vayeshev’: Standing strong in the face of evil

And how can I perpetrate this great evil and sin against G-d? Yosef   resists the advances of his master Potiphar’s wife.  He rebuts her stating that it was improper for him, on two counts firstly when bearing in mind the debt of gratitude that he owed Potiphar”. Secondly it would be a terrible sin againstContinue reading “Genesis – ‘Vayeshev’: Standing strong in the face of evil”

Genesis -‘Vayeitzei’: The Artists Way

Hashem is the ultimate Artist. During our lifetime, we see one fragment of the master piece Yaakov awakens from his prophetic vision  and made a vow “ ושבתי בשלום אל בית אבי והיה ד לי לאלוקים ”-  and I will return in peace to my father’s house and Hashem will be a G-d to me..Continue reading “Genesis -‘Vayeitzei’: The Artists Way”

Never just a number

Stories, rather than numbers, are where we can find rich meaning in life. The UK’s death toll has reached over 10,000 – in a little over 5 weeks. The sheer enormity of these numbers overwhelms each personal tragedy. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, the youngestContinue reading “Never just a number”

The silver lining of Covid

What Positives from the Coronavirus? A couple of weeks ago, travelling on the underground, I stared in disbelief at the spectacle of a couple of Chinese commuters with masks over their faces, in London, I thought? Absurd!? Fast forward a few weeks, and commuters, whether in London, New York or Paris are filled with growingContinue reading “The silver lining of Covid”