From The desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM

  It’s Chanukah, the Festival of Lights.   A time to rejoice and to celebrate the victory of the few over the many.   A military victory yes, but also despite attempts to eradicate us ...

From the desk of Ron Weiser AM

The Mishnah says that there are four New Years in our calendar but that only on Rosh Hashanah are we universally judged and on Yom Kippur, our fate sealed. One of the keynote themes reflected in our ...

Pesach – Essays from the Jonathan Sacks Haggadah

The clash between Moshe and Pharaoh was between the leader of the most powerful empire of the ancient world and the leader of a powerless group of slave labourers. The slaves had helped to build the ...

The 4 sons

Gil Troy has written a thoughtful piece in the Jerusalem Post, about how to deal with young Rabbinic students expressing anti-Zionist remarks here. He uses the 4 sons portion of the Haggada to say th...

Kohelet – Additional reading on Succot

This book is read on Shabbat,  Chol Hamoed Succot.  The public reading of Kohelet had a beneficial function reminding people as they rejoiced with the harvest that they should separate their tithes, ...

Naso – How did Moshe hear G-d’s voice?

  Yeshayahu Leibowitz commented on the last verse of this parasha, with reference to Rashi’s commentary. The verse states that “he heard the voice communicating with him…”.The masorah gives the vocal...

Purim and the Empowerment of Esther

Esther was chosen as a bride for King Achashverosh of Shushan without having to declare herself as Jewish. As Queen, she could only have an audience with the King if he requested it.When Haman was gi...

Am Yisrael

In a Jerusalem Post article entitled Family Ties and Binds,  Liat Collins reflects on different aspects of the Jewish people (Am Yisrael). This reflection occurs as the annual conference of the Gener...

Limmud Oz 2009

Limmud means “learning” and its appropriate that Lammed, the first hebrew letter of the word Limmud – is the largest letter in the Alephbet reflecting the majestic, leadership role ...