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Bo – Its About Time!

I don’t remember whether I received one, but when I was growing up a common Bar Mitzvah gift was a watch. Nice pens were also common gifts. A young Jew, taking steps toward adulthood,...

Va’era – Hallmarks of a Leader

From the start Moses is uncomfortable with the task imposed upon him. He expressed reluctance at the Burning Bush to serve as the “liberator” of Israel from Pharaoh’s brutal oppression, suggesting that others were...

Vayigash – Fortifications

Moving house is no simple matter even if it is just down the road. Knowing the neighbourhood, its people and institutions, eliminates at least some worries and limits the upheaval of relocation. Changing countries,...

Miketz – Hidden by Habit

A simple but profound question is raised by the commentators in regards to the celebration of Chanukah. We know that a great miracle occurred and the oil, which had the capacity to fuel the...

Vayeshev – Seeing the Bright Side

Joseph’s brothers were hostile toward him, feeling resentful of their father’s favoring of Joseph. The Midrash describes in detail how Joseph’s actions were interpreted by his brothers as condescension, which certainly didn’t help to...

Vayetze – Counting Sheep

A central theme of Vayetze’s Torah portion is dreams. After setting out from the family household in Be’er Sheva Jacob lay down for a rest. He then dreamed of a stairway to heaven, with...

Summer holiday hours 2016/2017

Our office and the Kosher Co-op will be closed for a bit over the summer holidays. See below for details. From everyone at the Centre we wish you a good break!