Shelach & Eli Cohen

   This weeks Torah portion Shelach , relates the story of Moshe sending 12  spies on a reconnaissance trip to the promised land. A trip which had catastrophic consequences for the Jewish people. My mind always recalls the story of Eli Cohen Israel’s greatest spy. He is best known for his espionage work in 1961–65 in Syria,Continue reading “Shelach & Eli Cohen”

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”

Shavuot- Bringing heaven down to earth

The festival of Shavuot commemorates the most momentous event in history of mankind, the torah was given to the Jewish people who stood at the foot of sinai. They experienced first hand the Almighty speak to each and everyone of them.  At that moment the nation declared in unison “ we will do and listen”Continue reading “Shavuot- Bringing heaven down to earth”

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”

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”