Korach – Ideology and Practice

Korach – Ideology and Practice

Why does Korach have such a bad wrap? He was a professed democrat with good lineage and genuine claim to leadership. But he was also an egotist, leading to his downfall.  His political excesses and personal behaviour couldn’t match his democratic rhetoric. Our longevity as a nation is due to our ideology of Torah being

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Nasso – How to Get a Lift

Nasso – How to Get a Lift

We all need a lift sometimes. And that is exactly the meaning of the name of this Parsha Nasso. Juxtaposed to Shavuot it means that both have a common feature – to elevate. Sinai gave us the capacity to elevate the coarse physical world into a higher spiritual plane.

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Bamidbar – You Count!

Bamidbar – You Count!

Being counted individually in a group setting has the important effect of raising self-esteem. When you are counted, you count, provides you with self-worth and in turn motivates you to improve, grow and excel even more. That is why our Torah reading is called Numbers. The census of the Jewish people provided each person with

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Beha’alotcha – A Soul On Fire

Beha’alotcha – A Soul On Fire

The name of this week’s Parsha, Beha’alotcha, means to light a candle – specifically Aharon lighting the candles of the candelabrum of the Mishkan. But whereas the normal verb ‘to light’ is Lehadlick, the use of the verb within Beha’alotcha, which means to elevate, conveys a deeper sense of elevation – to elevate the dormant

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Nasso – Give Them a Lift

Nasso – Give Them a Lift

There is a soft drink called Lift. There is a car service called Lyft. The Anglo world calls an elevator, a lift. And we all want a lift in our of lives. • Well, we have a Torah parsha, the one for this week, that is also called ‘lift’, which is no doubt where Coca

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Bamidbar – Neighbours

Bamidbar – Neighbours

For those of you who have watched this sitcom you will have noticed how they all seem to feed off each other. Meaning, neighbours and friendship groupings really do influence each other – often without even realizing it.

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