News from the Centre Blog

Celebrating 175 years

This column by Wellington Jewish Community Centre’s Rabbi Yitzchak Mizrahi was originally written for the special edition of Centre News marking the 175th anniversary of our congregation’s first services in 1843. This month we celebrate 175...

Bo – Seeing Potential

“And it shall come to pass, when your children say to you, what does this service mean to you?” (Exodus 12:26) Central to the theme of the Passover festival are the questions of the children. The...

Va’era – Responding to Pain

Responding to pain is a primal instinct. Pain can put us into a fight-or-flight mode, adrenalize us, or plant fear and trauma in our hearts. Torture techniques were designed to extract information and confessions...

Shemot – Defining Identity

Moses, born in perilous circumstances, defied the odds and grew up under Pharaoh’s nose, likely with a silver spoon in his mouth. Moses was not subject to the cruelties of the great big world...

Fast of Tevet – Unquantifiable

Researchers have long been conducting studies to understand what love is. Psychologists and neuroscientists have discovered that there are physiological changes that occur when one feels love. Brain scans reveal that a complex system...

Vayeshev – Disengaged

Who was Joseph? A dreamer; an interpreter of dreams. He was especially beloved by his father. He was the object of his brothers’ hatred. He was a slave. He was a ruler. He was...