Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot


Typhoon Mangkhut felled many strong trees but not the frame of our Sukkah that is made from bamboo reeds and survived the storm. This recalls the Talmud's advice that a person should always be soft like a reed and not stiff as a cedar. While the cedar is imposing, it is the soft qualities of

Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot2018-09-27T20:25:23+08:00

Parashat Ha’azinu


By the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept...on the willow trees, we hung up our lyres...The willow tree is one of the four species we are instructed to take on Sukkot. It is a species that carries no fragrance and bears no fruit - and the Rabbis compare it to the person without good

Parashat Ha’azinu2018-09-20T22:00:52+08:00

Parashat Vayelech


"Me they seek day after day, and want to know my ways..." (Haftara of Yom Kippur). The Talmud tells the story of a man who travelled far and managed to make it to the study-house one day a year. He complained that people were taunting him with the moniker "a one-day-a-year student." Immediately R. Yochanan

Parashat Vayelech2018-09-13T19:00:55+08:00

Parashat Nitzavim


Starting the first Shabbat after the 9th of Av (that marks the destruction of the Temple), we read seven Haftarot of consolation, the last of which is read this Shabbat - the Shabbat before Rosh HaShana. It remarks: For the sake of Zion I will not be silent, for the sake of Jerusalem I will

Parashat Nitzavim2018-09-09T11:24:13+08:00
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