Pesach – Take the Plunge

Pesach – Take the Plunge

Miracles are rare. But this Shabbat we celebrate one such historical miracle – when the sea split for the Jewish people. But it took the courageous initiative of one person who took the plunge to invite the miracle. What initiative do you need to take for your miracle to occur?

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Acharei-Kedoshim – Climb Your Everest, But…

Acharei-Kedoshim – Climb Your Everest, But…

Many a climber of Everest has spent enormous energy training for the challenge, but is it just for a momentary ‘high’ of conquering the peak? It’s their descent and excitement that uplifts others through their achievement. That is what Nadav and Avihu should have done rather than seek a transcendental ‘high’ but refuse to descend

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Emor – Weapons or Umbilic

Emor – Weapons or Umbilic

How do you use your voice? Is it a vehicle for exercise of power and control? Or does it bely fears and insecurities? Or is it an instrument of vocal touch and meaningful connection? The name of this week’s Parsha, Emor, means ‘to speak’. G-d instructs Moshe how to speak gently to the Kohanim and

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Tazria – Quarantine – Personal Retreat

Tazria – Quarantine – Personal Retreat

Not that long ago the word ‘quarantine’ was a regular feature of our international lives. Originating in Italian, in Venice, incoming ships had to keep their crew on board for 40 days (quarantina) before disembarking, to ensure that any diseases were not transmitted to the local population. This week we read a double Parsha, Tazria-Metzora,

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Vayikra – True Communication

Vayikra – True Communication

The verb introducing this week’s Sedra, “Vayikra El Moshe”, “He called Moshe”, has in the Hebrew language a sense of intimacy, as opposed to Vayomer LeMoshe – “He said to Moshe”, or Vayedaber el Moshe- “He spoke to Moshe”. I suspect that during this conversation G-d did not have a distracting smartphone next to him

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Tzav – Get Rid of Negative Thinking

Tzav – Get Rid of Negative Thinking

In the first section of this week’s Parsha, Tzav, the Kohen is instructed that the western candle of the candelabrum should always burn and not extinguish. The Hebrew of ‘not extinguish’ is Lo Tichbeh. A deeper retranslation of Lo Tichbeh, could be, “extinguish the Lo” – get rid of the ‘no’, the negativity. Meaning, negative

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