Category Archives: Chagim

What is Torah study?

My piece in this week’s Jewish Chronicle for Shavuot. I was not informed of the title they chose 🙂 ♣ At university one of the keenest attendees at our Jewish Society’s educational offerings was a practising Christian who would attend everything … Continue reading

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Chag Amalek – The Festival That Wasn’t

To download a pdf of this article click here In Memory of Dan Uzan z”l Is it necessary to recall the similarities between Judaism and Islam (as distinct from Christianity!) in most of the crucial subjects of religion: the book, the … Continue reading

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Achashverosh as Hero of the Megilla

Hopefully the first of several Purim posts, here is one of my favourite Purim shiurim that LSJS have just put up from their Big Bible weekend in 2011. Achashverosh as the unsung hero of the megilla – based on a … Continue reading

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A Tu B’Shvat Midrash

A midrash for Tu B’Shvat that I have wanted to bring to public attention for a while – originally published on Times of Israel. A great source for thinking about how religious traditions provide some of the strongest conceptual underpinnings … Continue reading

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Hanukah and the Jewish State Bill

My piece in this week’s JC on Hanukah and the Jewish state bill. Published a month after I wrote it when it is less news-worthy, with a weird picture, headline, and completely the wrong line made bold – but here it … Continue reading

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Mizmor 30, Yosef, and Hanukah

For a printable PDF version of this article click here, for a shorter Hebrew version of the article click here, and for a source sheet to give this over as a shiur click here. Mizmor 30, Yosef and Hanukah God does … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur Readings

Following on from last week’s Rosh Hashannah readings I have put together a few more to help direct our thoughts and provoke our imaginations on Yom Kippur. Each file fits onto one page double sided. If Not Higher is one of the … Continue reading

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Rosh HaShannah Readings and Speaking

Peter Beinart has just written a fascinating piece arguing that the greatest threat to American Judaism is not the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but Jewish illiteracy, and that rabbis in their derashot should focus on the Machzor and Tanakh rather than on the conflict. I … Continue reading

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Why Rut

In memory of my friend Malka Schindler, who passed away a few days before Shavuot, and embodied so many of Rut’s attributes. May her memory be a blessing. Why Rut? Why does a story of a widowed woman refusing to … Continue reading

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