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Ekev

ISRAEL’S EMBASSIES This week’s portion includes the passage well-known to us from the siddur: the second paragraph of the Shema. The conclusion of this passage seems difficult to accept at face value: “so that your days will be lengthened on the land which the L-d promised to your ancestors, to give to them.” The Torah...

Martin Levison  26.05.28 – 01.08.20
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Martin Levison 26.05.28 – 01.08.20

Tribute delivered by Martin Levison’s daughter Stephanie Brada at his funeral 3.7.20 Last night so many people gathered in your honour Martin and we talked about you, but now you are with us for the last time and it’s my chance to speak directly to you. We saw last night how people loved you and...

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Naso

TRAGEDY AND HOPE Two deaths deeply affected me this week The first was the brutal death of George Floyd. The second was the tragic passing of Rabbi Dr Norman Lamm, former President of Yeshiva University, New York. The way George Floyd was killed demonstrated the dehumanisation that racism brings about, that is at large in...

Shavuot
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Shavuot

Thoughts on Shavuot Torah from Heaven The revelation at Mount Sinai was not just a religious event. It was a political event of a unique kind. It was the birth of a nation. Throughout Genesis, the heirs of Abraham had been an extended family. At the beginning of Exodus we hear them for the first...

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