Category Archives: Gush

Rav Yehuda Amital – A Tribute Five Years On

Today is five years since the passing of my teacher and rosh yeshiva Rav Yehuda Amital. Both his personality and his message are so sorely missed. He taught us that ethics and natural morality come before and underpin all other … 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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Peoplehood at a time of suffering

Every day I pass by the spot where, last Friday, three teenagers hitchhiking home were kidnapped, and whose whereabouts are still unknown. The trempiada, as it’s called, is only 150 metres from my front door, and so this has been … Continue reading

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‘A child born in Paris in 1933…’ Rav Aharon Lichtenstein – A Tribute

Last week the head of the yeshiva which I have studied at for much of the last decade, Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, was awarded the Israel Prize, the state’s highest honour, for his contributions to Torah literature. Those who know him from … Continue reading

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