Monthly Archive: January 2014

Teruma – Spatial and a Half

The reading of Teruma cites the instructions for the building of the Tabernacle in the wilderness. It lists everything from the basic materials required for the construction to the details of the finish on...

Mishpatim – People, People, People

Walk into any ward in the Wellington regional hospital, or any medical center for that matter, and you will see posters listing the rights of every patient. It informs people of their entitlement to...

Yitro – It’s About Time

Remember the day of Sabbath to consecrate it… (Exodus 20:8-9) One of the reasons the Torah lists for the observance of Shabbat (not in this context but in the second rendition of the Ten...

Beshalach – more or less

Tuesday was the day we all had a chance to ensure our income for the year. This past Tuesday, according to the tradition passed down from the Chassidic master R’ Mendel of Riminov, one...

Bo – Beating the Clock

My email, during the last week of December, was inundated with messages from various charity organizations appealing for donations, using the end of the year as an incentive for patrons to give. They all...