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June 24, 2022, 2:00 pm
Orthodoxy – in Israel and the Diaspora
Far from being a monolithic community, Orthodox Judaism in Israel is a fascinating tapestry of different approaches.
June 17, 2022, 3:30 pm
Sivan 20 – The almost forgotten fast day
Calendric dates commemorating tragedy post the Destruction are not solely the province of Holocaust memorials.
June 10, 2022, 1:45 pm
The changing rabbinate
Changes in the rabbinate over time reflect communal change.
May 26, 2022, 12:37 pm
Keeping the ‘Jewish’ in the Australian Jewish media
This week marks 180 years (10 times “chai” – life) since the first Jewish newspaper was published in Australia.
May 22, 2022, 10:30 am
Sh’mitah – the sabbatical year – 5782
“But in the seventh year shall be a Sabbath of rest unto the land, a Sabbath for God: you shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard.” (Vayikra 25:4)
May 15, 2022, 10:30 am
Rashbi – The focus of Lag b’Omer
Other than the great master Hillel, no sage is as popularly known as Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.
May 6, 2022, 3:00 pm
Yom Ha’atzmaut 5782– A view from Yerushalayim
“Simchu et Yerushalayim v’gilu vah kol ohave’ha. – Rejoice with Yerushalayim and exult in it, all those who love her.” - Isaiah 66:10
May 1, 2022, 1:00 pm
Pirkei Avot – Ethics of the Fathers
Pirkei Avot tells us that ethics, honesty, and advice regarding interpersonal relationships are intrinsic to Judaism.
April 21, 2022, 2:30 pm
The Israeli Shabbat after Pesach conundrum
In Yerushalayim that I finally reached after two years of COVID-caused absence, I am facing a halachically interesting Shabbat.
April 15, 2022, 2:30 pm
The Pesach seder through the ages
It’s about our history – but it has a history of its own.
April 8, 2022, 3:00 pm
Why is this seder night different?
“Us’fartem lachem mimochorat haShabbat – and you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Shabbat.” (Vayikra 23:15)
April 1, 2022, 2:30 pm
The yeshivah as a communal institution
Contrary to popular belief, yeshivot as we know them were not always a feature of Jewish life.
March 25, 2022, 12:56 pm
Understanding contradiction within halachah
March 18, 2022, 11:02 am
As the countdown begins
Moshe established for Israel that “shoalim v’dorshim – they ask and expound” matters to do with a festival – traditionally thirty days before its onset. (Megillah32b; Shulchan Aruch Ohr Hachayim 429:1)
March 11, 2022, 4:00 pm
Purim is indeed a meaningful festival
Its raucous mode of celebration must not be allowed to conceal Purim’s deeper meaning and its messages for all time.