Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

OzTorah: Torah reading – Acharei Mot

Written and submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. ALL ON YOUR OWN When the high priest entered the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur, no-one else could be there with him (Lev. 16:17). Human beings are a social race: they know how true are the words of the story of …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. PESUCH ARTICLES.     THE ROLE OF RITUAL. Many people try to squeeze all the rituals out of Judaism. By abandoning Shabbat candles, Yom Kippur fasting, tallit and tefillin, shofar, Megillah, Menorah, sukkah, the Seder and so much else, they proudly announce …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – M’tzora

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. THREE NAMES FOR ONE SIDRA Having the name “M’tzora” for this week’s portion might not bother us in our generation, probably because we are used to it. But as the Lubavitcher Rebbe points out, the name was once a subject of controversy, …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple.   INTERFAITH PRAYER Question.  Why can’t Jews and non-Jews pray together? Answer.  The prophet Isaiah foresees the day when “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isa. 56:7). If this means that all peoples will share a …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Tazria (HaChodesh)

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. THE MOTHER’S OFFERING When a woman bears a child the Torah says she has to bring an offering to the sanctuary (Lev. 12). So far so good, and we would probably interpret the offering as a mark of gratitude to God who …

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OzTorah from Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple.. SHOUTING AT GOD. The sages believed that God and Moses knew each other well. God allowed Moses to see things that were denied to other people; Moses spoke to God in terms that amaze us. In this sidra Moses says what other …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

  WHY BE JEWISH? Every Jew has an attitude to Jewishness. For some it is negative; Heine said, “Judaism is not a religion. It is a misfortune.” But those who are negative are today very few. The 20th century has seen to that. The Holocaust confronted Jews with an ideology …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

  Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple Question.. Is there a Jewish view of polygamy? Answer  A number of Biblical figures had more than one wife, but polygamy was never the Jewish ideal. When Eve was created as a wife for Adam, the Torah said, “Thus shall a man leave …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi. “Christianity & the Sabbath”

Submitted by Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple.. CHRISTIANITY & THE SABBATH Q. Why did Christianity abandon Shabbat and focus on Sunday? A. The short answer is that the early Christians maintained Jewish practices for a lengthy period including the 7th-day Sabbath. In time they marked their separateness from Judaism by requiring …

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OzTorah from Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple

Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple served for 32 years as the chief minister of the Great Synagogue, Sydney, and was Australia’s highest profile rabbi and the leading spokesperson for Jews and Judaism on the Australian continent. He is now retired and lives in Jerusalem. Rabbi Apple blogs at http://www.oztorah.com  oztorah@oztorah.com SHULE …

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