Category Archives: Rabbi Thinking

Vayera 5784

If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to attend a conference or gathering where Dr Ron Wolfson was a guest speaker, you’d remember one of his introductory sessions that dealt with hospitality and how we relate to others. Dr Wolfson uses a story in this week’s parasha to illustrate the importance of welcoming others into our […]

Ki Tavo 5784 – A holy nation

In the opening of this week’s parasha, our ancestors the extraordinary expectation of our ancestors of us.  Moses says: “The Lord your God commands you this day to observe these laws and rules; observe them faithfully with all your heart and soul.  You have affirmed this day that the Lord is your God, that you […]

Approaching The Divine: The tragedy of Nadav and Avihu

This week’s Torah portion, Shemini is from the book of Leviticus and deals with a very strange and tragic incident: Nadav and Avihu, Aaron’s two oldest sons, while laying incense on fire that they brought to the alter were consumed by that fire. The Torah does not give us any reason for the unexpected death […]