A shul is meant to be a place where we are in communion with God and where we nurture our awareness of standing in the presence of God. Given this, R’ Binyamin Ze’ev Marta (1475-1545), basing himself on Sefer Aguda and the Kol Bo, states that a person should not kiss their children in a … More Kissing children, and adults, in a shul
DAY 1/8 – RABBI BARRY KATZ – #8days8teachers The best teachers aren’t those who wish to dazzle their students with their own bright light. Instead, they are those who help each of their students find and nurture the light within themselves – and one such teacher was Rabbi Barry Katz. In the years that I … More #8days8teachers
דרשה לכל נדרי – שערי תשובה שלום וכתיבה וחתימה טובה לכולכם, המשנה בסוף מסכת יומא מתארת את יום כיפור כמקווה, והלילה אנחנו מתחילים את הטבילה הארוכה שלנו לעשרים וחמש שעות של יום כיפור. כציבור וכיחידים תוך התפילות שנתפלל, החרטה שנתחרט והחמשה עינויים שנתקיים, אנו מקווים לטהר את עצמנו ולהשיג חתימה חיובית לשנה החדשה. עם זאת, … More Kol Nidrei Drasha: The Gates of Repentance (Hebrew & English)
We live in a society where telling someone else what to do considered insulting and offensive – not only because it undermines the concepts of freedom and autonomy, but also because it challenges the postmodern belief that there is no single source for truth. The problem arises given that Judaism is rooted upon the principle … More Should Jews be promoting moral behaviour to non-Jews?
We are currently in the middle of the month of Ellul, which – as we know – was when Moshe went up Har Sinai to receive the Luchot Shniyot – the second set of luchot. By this point the Jewish people had served the Egel and Moshe had already been up Har Sinai to petition … More How the Torah is often used as a defense for things that the Torah finds indefensible
Below is a collection of insights for the Kriat HaTorah and Musaf prayers on Rosh Hashanah which I delivered at Machon Ma’ayan on Rosh Hashanah 5777. While the insights originate from a variety of sources, the core theme of the ideas shared on the First Day of Rosh Hashanah was ‘Self-Change’, while those which I … More INSIGHTS TO THE ROSH HASHANAH TEFILLOT
Over the years I have collected hundreds of inspirational quotes from a variety of Jewish and general sources. Here are 40 of those quotes which I hope you find both helpful and inspirational as we begin our 40 day spiritual journey from the 1st of Ellul to Yom Kippur: ASPIRATION: “If a person doesn’t constantly … More 40 QUOTES FOR 40 DAYS