Tag Archives: Torah

Why are so many Jews ignoring the holiday of Shavuot?

Receiving the Torah is one of the most important things that happened in the history of the world, not just for the Nation of Israel but for all Nations who accepted the 10 Commandments as the definitive guideline for a moral and decent society – and a stark contrast to …

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Parshat Shemini.

Pleasure or Purpose? How many times have you been fed up with nuisances or hardships in your life?  Just as you think you have control of your life something else comes up and puts a cog in your wheel.  Imagine you could plug into a simulated reality of your choice …

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Oz Torah: The Fast of Esther – Ask the Rabbi.

TA’ANIT ESTHER. The day before Purim is called “Ta’anit Esther”, the Fast of Esther. Despite the popular view, it does not commemorate the three-day fast described in the Megillah (Esther 4:16). Three days cannot be telescoped into one day, and in any case our Fast of Esther is not mentioned …

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Joseph teaches us how to muster strength.

This week we are reminded of a person in a power position trying to sexually harass and abuse a young innocent immigrant just trying to work an honest living. When the young hapless victim tries to defend their rights and honour by standing up to the perpetrator, they are suppressed …

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Oz Torah: Insights on Sh’mini Atzeret & Simchat Torah.

THE RABBI’S RETREAT. The Rabbi of Sassov, Rav Moshe Leib, used to ask why Sukkot, Sh’mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are so different from Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. He said he had found an answer when he saw that the Torah said that Sh’mini Atzeret was “a time of …

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Civilisation, Shavuot and antisemitism.

When people think of great ancient civilisations, they often think of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, India, China, Greece and Rome.  Many of these civilisations developed along a great river – the Nile, Tigris/Euphrates, Yangtze, and Indus – or in lush mountains.  Great monuments were built and left behind – the …

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Think Again. # we’ll walk with Tori Johnson & Katrina Dawson.

Once again I am posting a beautiful item written by my rabbi in this week’s newsletter from my shul/synagogue, Coogee. NSW. I have to say I was in tears at the end of reading this. I went to visit the makeshift shrine at Martin Place today. The overall sombre tone …

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Dodging the Draft Because of God?!

Written by Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel – Never in history have religious Jews hidden behind Torah study to evade defending Jewish lives.   I am a platoon sergeant in the IDF. I am a religious Jew. I am a platoon sergeant in the IDF because I am a religious Jew. Days …

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The Kangaroo Valley Torah

  This is a true story. Kangaroo Valley  is a small rural community in the Kangaroo Valley in the Southern Highlands of NSW about 160 kilometres south of Sydney. Accordingto the last census there are only 844 people in the little town and region but very likely there would have been many …

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