Shabbat Shalom

Fall and Winter 

As a young boy growing up in Melbourne, Australia, fall was almost non-existent and winter only meant that I had to wear shoes when playing ...

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Shalom – Salaam

I was once at a resort near Sydney, Australia and it was close to sundown. There were six men in our group and we wanted ...

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The People of the Book

This month on the 20th of Teves was the anniversary of the printing of the first volume of the Talmud, and also marks about a ...

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The Siege of Jerusalem

The Jewish calendar includes six days of fasting.  Four of these days are linked to the destruction of the Temples and the exile of the ...

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Ideological Warfare

I would like to address an aspect of Chanukah which I think is a little misunderstood. Chanukah is very popular, and I think this popularity ...

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The Spiritual Battle

The underlying theme of the conflict between the Jews and the Greeks is the clash between two diametrically opposed worldviews.  [In the Jewish view of ...

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Chanukah Background

Chanukah begins in a short time so here is a little historical introduction to the Chanukah festival, to which we will hopefully add some spiritual ...

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The Tragedy of Translation

As we enter the month of Kislev, and the weather turns colder, we start thinking about Chanukah, menorahs, latkes and donuts.  Some of us, of ...

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It’s Night and Day

With the long winter nights now starting so early, I have started to think about day and night and their significance in Jewish thought.  We ...

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