Toldot – Out of Sight & Mind

Toldot – Out of Sight & Mind

There is a saying, out of sight out of mind. Never did this adage apply more than with pregnancy. For so long we believed that the child’s is only influenced environmentally at birth. Now we know much better – influence begins well before, even from earliest stages of gestation. Paediatric medical journals are replete with

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Lech Lecha – The Mind and the Soul

Lech Lecha – The Mind and the Soul

Yitzhak and Yishmael are a reflection of their respective mothers. Hagar, Yishmael’s mother is an intellectual and insightful woman. But Yitzhak’s mother is a seer of high order. The two sons’ personalities and futures reflected their mother’s gifts.   Notes: • This week’s Parsha, Lech Lecha, contrasts the personalities of Yishmael and Yitzhak, destined to

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Noach – Building Yachts

Noach – Building Yachts

Noach’s Ark took 120 years to build. Why did G-d choose such a lengthy project?  To give people time to reconsider their social and civil responsibilities, showing much patience. But they didn’t learn the lesson that we need to learn today again – to practice love rather than the international and societal antipathy we are

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Vayigash – Friend or Foe

Vayigash – Friend or Foe

Yehuda challenges Egypt’s ruler. But unbeknown to him the ruler is his own brother. The perceived enemy is in fact a friend. We often see life as challenging when in reality it is our opportunity to partner G-d in the enterprise of creation.

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