Monthly Archive: May 2015

Naso – A Mitzvah in Theory

Birkat Kohanim, the Priestly blessing, appears in the center of Naso. God speaks to Aaron and his sons and instructs them “just so shall you bless the children of Israel…” Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch...

Shavuot – A commitment

Following the rendition of the Decalogue in Deuteronomy the Torah notes that there was a great voice at Sinai, “A great voice that had no continuation.”┬áThe commentaries have various interpretations of this phrase. What...

Behar / Bechukotai – Monopoly

Wealth breeds more wealth and poverty continues its grinding cycle. In our world the rich continue to grow richer and the poor get ever poorer. The laws of economy are simple. If you have...

Kosher Switch Analysis

This talk was delivered on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 at the WJCC. It explores the mechanism of the ‘kosher switch’ as well as the halachic underpinnings for its rationale. Numerous halachic authorities endorse this...