Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

Oz Torah: Torah reading- Nitzavim

  STAND BY FOR THE COVENANT. The final Shabbat of the Jewish year tells us that we are all standing before God, about to enter a covenant with Him. The Hebrew for covenant is “b’rit”. Members of the covenant are “b’nai b’rit”. It sounds like the name of the brotherhood …

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Oz Torah: The true hero of Rosh Hashanah.

THE TRUE HERO OF ROSH HASHANAH. Heroes and villains abound in the festival stories. Pesach pits Pharaoh and Moses against each other. On Purim it is Haman and Mordechai. On Chanukah it is Antiochus and Judah Maccabee. What about Rosh Hashanah? Since the festival is not based on narratives there …

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Oz Torah: Torah reading- Naso

TWO EXTREMES There couldn’t be a greater contrast than that of the two extremes that are depicted in this week’s parashah. There is the “sotah”, the woman who allows herself the extreme of licence, and the “nazir”, the person who is so strict that no transgression could ever arise on …

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Oz Torah: Insights on Torah reading Emor.

JEWISH ANTISEMITES. What people think of Jews is motivated partly by observation and partly by prejudice. Observation leads decent outsiders to praise our sense of community and how we keep our standards even in unfriendly times. Prejudice picks up anti-Jewish slogans and beats us around the head with them. Prejudice …

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Oz Torah: Yom Ha’atzmaut features

ISRAEL AT 70. The 70th anniversary of the State of Israel is celebrated this week. Israel is one of the great achievements of modern history. But of course the backers of BDS don’t agree. They can’t be too proud of themselves because they haven’t achieved a thing apart from slogans …

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