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In a quote: "When things are steep, remember to be level-headed" - Horace

This week we revisit the infamous story of Moses hitting the rock. Let us remind ourselves of the story:

 "and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “You and your brother Aaron take the rod and assemble...

In a quote: "I love being a part of something that is grassroots, and you can see the actual changes, the effect of what people do." -  Anthony Edwards

This week we are presented with one of the better known stories of Korach and the uprising which he led. Korach is d...

In a quote: "You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” - Ken Kesey

This week's parsha is action packed. It begins with the purification of the Leviim before they work in the mishkan and the laws s...

In a quote: "“We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.” ― Gloria Steinem

Last week we concluded the book of Vayikra, Leviticus, which contains many laws about purity, sacrificial processes and d...

In a quote: "Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation" - Oscar Wilde

This week's double parsha moves away from purity related laws to general laws and Israel's adherence to these laws.


 In last week's Dvar Torah, I suggested that impurities uniquely define us. We should embrace that which makes us impure. 

According to Parshat Emor, this is not the case:

In reference to Kohanim:

כִּ֥י כָל־אִ֛ישׁ אֲשֶׁר־בּ֥וֹ מ֖וּם לֹ֣א יִקְרָ֑ב אִ֤ישׁ עִוֵּר֙...

Salutations all!

As we meander our way through the book of Vayikra (Leviticus in English) we encounter another double parsha. Like the portions which precede it these portions continue to explore ideas of purity and the ways in which the community of Israel should behav...

Chodesh Tov!

This week's parsha is a double Parsha: Tazria and Metzorah. During a leap year, these portions would be split over two weeks. This year however, we will read both in one sitting.

The main topic of these portions is the idea of purity which is incredibly...


In this week's email, we will examine the way in which the Torah suggests that leaders should act in times of trouble.

Let's set the scene. Aharon and his sons have been anointed as priests and are being instructed in what to do in the Mishkan to ensure al...

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach all!

We are in the midst of a very busy time. Not only do we have our annual ShnatSem and HadSem in Melbourne and Sydney respectively, but we also find ourselves in the middle of celebrating the process of the Exodus. The eight days of...

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