Parashat Vaetchanan

Parashat Vaetchanan

Wrap your body in prayers
 
Most of the time, when I’m experiencing something emotional, I feel it in my body before I can even process it.
 I’ll feel a sinking in my stomach and know I’m dealing with dread. I’ll wake up grinding my teeth and realise I must be anxious. I go to bed feeling […]

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Parashat Devarim

 
This week’s parashah is D’varim. We begin the last book of Torah, just before Tisha B’Av. Moses conveys the law one more time to the people, before his death. It may seem that we are starting to take leave of Moses in the very first verse, as we are told that Moses addresses the […]

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Parashat Mattot Massei

 
The opening verses of this week’s double Torah portion, Mattot-Masei, are a far cry from the protofeminist triumphs of the daughters of Zelophechad. It informs us that, although any vow to God or oath of obligation made by a man must be fulfilled, a woman’s vow or oath can be nullified by her father […]

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Parashat Pinchas

                                                             The Last Waltz
This is my very last D’var Torah as a student rabbi. This Sunday (4th July 2021), I will become a rabbi. And after Rabbi Pauline Bebe will give me semikhah, I will not be a full-time student anymore. Needless to say, though my heart is filled with joy, it is going […]

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Parashat Balak

Each and every morning at the shacharit service, we hear a very small part of this week’s portion. Mah tovu ohalecha Ya’akov, mishk’notecha, Yisra’el, we say, “how goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel.” Intended to express the worshippers’ happiness to be entering the sanctuary, and their reverence for the Divine […]

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Parashat Chukat

The Blossoming of Matteh : Episode Two
 
You may remember that last week, I told you my autobiography until my blossoming. Just in case, I remind you that my name is Matteh – or, if you prefer, you can call me Rod – and that I had been used, without being able to stop […]

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Parashat Korach

The Blossoming of Matteh: An Autobiography in Brief
In my youth I caused a great deal of mischief, and I will not deny that I allowed myself to be used as a tool by those who held power over me. To be fair, I have no doubts that I was created and shaped by the […]

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Parashat Shelach


As the 21st of June is fast approaching, an age-old drama unfolds in front of our eyes. On the one hand stands Prof. Ravi Gupta, warning us we need to wait at least one more month beyond the set date, until schools are out, to finally get out of lockdown, as we don’t know […]

By Suzy Gaughran |
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