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?”

BO: You don’t have time? Or you don’t want to?

I’ll do it tomorrow  Everyone (at some point) Time is such a crucial part of our lives. Tim Ferris in his bestselling book The Four Hour Work Week said that we should “focus on being productive, rather than busy”. It was the great Athenian general, Pericles, who said “time is the wisest counselor of all”.Continue reading “BO: You don’t have time? Or you don’t want to?”

VAERA: In a world made of steel, we can learn to heal

A voice said, Look me in the starsAnd tell me truly, men of earth,If all the soul-and-body scarsWere not too much to pay for birth. Robert Frost, “A Question” So far, this year in particular, it has been hard to stay present. The noisy news, the pitiful politics, and the limitless lockdown – all haveContinue reading “VAERA: In a world made of steel, we can learn to heal”

SHEMOT: Who runs the world?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”  – Marianne Williamson (Author and Activist) Exodus, “The book of names” ironically seems to be intentionally ambiguous, with names of the main characters at the outset of the book. The verses seem deliberately vague. We learnContinue reading “SHEMOT: Who runs the world?”

VAYECHI: Life through the windshield not the rear mirror

How can the life of such a man, Be in the palm of some fool’s hand? To see him obviously framed, Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed Bob Dylan, Hurricane Why do we do it to ourselves? We put ourselves through the ringer. Living life in the rear-view mirror. Sheryl Sandber writes in Option B, “whenContinue reading “VAYECHI: Life through the windshield not the rear mirror”

VAYIGASH: Three fathers, two brothers, one blessing

It takes two men to make one brother – Israel Zangwill A Jewish mother is walking down the street with her two young sons. A passerby asks her how old the boys are. “The doctor is three,” the mother answers, “and the lawyer is two.” Us Jews have always placed huge expectations on our children, everyContinue reading “VAYIGASH: Three fathers, two brothers, one blessing”