Judaism/Spirituality

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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Parsha this week – Toldot.

Toldot. When spouses can be your sibling For most people, the relationship with siblings will be the longest lasting of their entire lives.  The attachment with siblings is immovable, no matter what happens there will always be an innate sibling bond.  The bond with a spouse, however, can change in …

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Simchat Torah 5780 – Chag Same’ach!

The marathon of Jewish holidays is almost over. as the last and most joyous festival of the holiday season approaches– Sukkot finishes tonight and Simchat Torah begins. But before that, today, the last day of Sukkot, is known as Hoshana Raba, which despite the happy nature of Sukkot is a …

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