Judaism/Spirituality

Will Elijah be coming this Pesach?

WILL ELIJAH BE COMING THIS PESACH? Such is the fascination of Pesach that four out of every five Jews will sit down to the Seder. No matter how far some may seem to be at other times from the traditional practices and observances of the Jewish heritage, Seder night will …

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Happy New Year – Shana Tova Umetuka – 5782

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins tomorrow night in Israel (Monday night in Australia ) and lasts for 2 days, until sundown on Wednesday night. The Jewish year follows the lunar calendar, and the number counts the number of years since Creation. This year we will mark the beginning …

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Chag Kasher Ve’sameach – Happy Pesach!

Before starting this post I looked back, as I always do, to what I wrote last year. And I was shocked at how quickly I’ve forgotten Pesach in the shadow of corona. What a difference a year makes – in both directions. Last year we were mourning the loss of …

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Oz Torah: Pesach features

EREV PESACH ON SHABBAT – A CALENDRICAL PUZZLE Pesach is exciting, colourful and demanding.  No other festival imposes such obligations on the Jewish home.  No other festival pries so much into every nook and cranny of the house. No wonder so many Jewish housewives – and their husbands – tend …

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Parshat Hachodesh

Don’t be a stranger. “Marriage is a great way to find the one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life” – Comedian Rita Rudner Sometimes we are kinder to strangers than we are to our loved ones.  Perhaps it is because our tolerance for the …

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On Jewish Unity & Antisemitism – Article No. 3.

Moses & the Establishment of the People of Israel In the previous article, we described Israel’s time in Egypt, how they prospered while they were united under Joseph’s leadership, and how they assimilated after his passing, which then turned the Egyptians against them. In this article, we will explore Moses’ …

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Sukkot 5781 – Chag Same’ach!

The festival of Sukkot, the most joyous festival in the Jewish calendar, began last night, lasting for 7 days (8 outside of Israel), running straight into the Simchat Torah festival on the 8th day (9th day outside Israel). Sukkot is the last of the Shalosh R’galim (three pilgrimage festivals). Like …

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From Israel: Kindle Your Lights!!

The eight-day festival of Chanukah began on Sunday night. And its message seems especially important – especially relevant – this year. We know about the miracle of the oil: When the Jews achieved victory over their Greek oppressors, in the second century BCE, they went to rededicate the Temple, which …

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