The Presence of God Amongst Us – Teruma 2014
The word Mikdash suggests something elevated, holy and aloof. The word Mishkan implies neighbourliness and proximity. In “The Presence of God Amongst Us” Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence examines the verse “They should build Me a Sanctuary and I shall dwell amongst them.”
The Business of Wellness – Mishpatim 2014
is in the details... After The Ten Commandments last week, we have 53 Mitzvot
in Parshat Mishpatim, including core principles of health care.
If God is our Healer as stated in Exodus 15:26 do we have a need for Doctors? Maybe illness is our destiny? If so, how dare we interfere? On the other hand, if there is a duty to heal, can our wellness be someone else’s business?
Looking Beyond the Letters of the Law – Yitro 2014
There are 613 commandments in the Torah. Ten Commandments were given at Sinai. Much is made of them but are they more important than the rest. What does God really want of our lives?
Tu BiShvat and The Tree of Life
The Jewish calendar has not one but four new years. Next week will see Tu BiShvat, the Jewish New Year for Trees. Why should the beginning of the agricultural tax year be considered a festive day? In “Tu BiShvat and the Tree of Life” Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence considers the symbolism and spirit of the season.
An Orthodox Jewish comment on the reported "Fatwa against Christmas".
How can adherents of one faith relate to the festivals of another?
While we must respect our differences, we should not overlook the common ground we share and the need to be good neighbours in God's world.
Pesach and Your Pets
Keeping a kosher Pesach isn't just about the food we eat or hide away. In this animation Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence & Rolo look at some of the halachos of feeding pets over Passover. Yes - you should look after your Paschal Puss and Pooch! Please do check with local kashrut agencies for the availability of product. Watch out for more Rabbi & Rolo animations ahead. Wishing you all a Chag Kasher veSameach.
A Pre-Pesach Thought
The Chatam Sofer explains that Hashem will listen to our needs when we are attentive to the needs of those around us. If you wish to support the charitable or Torah educational work of The Great Synagogue, Sydney, please e-mail me on email@example.com.