Parashat Vayeshev: Healthy Boundaries

Healthy boundaries are there to protect us. Let’s start putting some into our lives. 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 debtContinue reading “Parashat Vayeshev: Healthy Boundaries”

The Music of Human Dignity

The Pianist & The Music of Human Dignity  The Pianist is the remarkable true story of the pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman. Half crazed and half starved, having lived through the unspeakable horrors of the Nazi occupation, in 1944 Szpilman was facing the ominous prospect of being sent to a concentration camp to be killed like theContinue reading “The Music of Human Dignity”

The only way is up!

The Purim story surround the epic battle between the Jewish people and Haman who attempts to exterminate them. This battle is in fact one chapter in an epic eternal conflict between the Jewish people on the one hand and Haman’s antecedents Amalek on the other. By understanding the underlying rationale in the original battle andContinue reading “The only way is up!”

Purim: our 2nd Yom Kippur!

Purim is perhaps one of the most enigmatic yet misconstrued days in the Jewish calendar. A festival of celebration of our nations salvation, as we stood on the brink  of extermination at   the hands of Haman and king achashvereush. Yet it is often misunderstood  as a day of mere merriment and revelry when many loseContinue reading “Purim: our 2nd Yom Kippur!”

Vayera-Freewill runs the gauntlet

Published Daf Hashavua – 2010 Vayera Hashem strengthened the heart of Pharaoh and he did not heed them, as Hashem had spoken to Moshe (9:13) One of the most basic axioms in human existence is that of freewill the ability to be able to make conscious decisions and to decide to some extent our fate.Continue reading “Vayera-Freewill runs the gauntlet”