Shemini- Nadav and Avihu – playing with fire!

One of the most joyous days in our history was the day of the completion of  the  construction of the  Mishkan, the Tabernacle.  Sacrifices had been offered on behalf of the Jewish people to atone for the sin of the Golden Calf, fire came down from heavens and consumed the sacrifices indicating the atonement ofContinue reading “Shemini- Nadav and Avihu – playing with fire!”

Ki Tisa: Our imperfection is the source of our blessing

In loving memory of Aryeh ben Shimon Hackenbroch – a beloved uncle to us all. “Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.” Parker J. Palmer The sin of the Golden Calf, and in its aftermath, the smashing the tablets was a low point in our history andContinue reading “Ki Tisa: Our imperfection is the source of our blessing”

Tetzaveh: Bells and Robes

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. -C. S. Lewis “And you shall make holy garments for Aaron, your brother, for honor and for glory.” One of the eight garments that the High Priest was expected to wear was a cloak with a distinctive detail in its design. At theContinue reading “Tetzaveh: Bells and Robes”

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?”

Clinging to our Tree of Life

This week, I came across the remarkable story of a family in Boca Raton, Florida that had featured on several news bulletins; Paul and Tammy Clarke’s  family home had caught fire and in a matter of a few hours their house and almost everything they owned went up in smoke. As they stood outside theirContinue reading “Clinging to our Tree of Life”