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Shabbat Parshat Vayishlach: News & What’s On

“Therefore the Bnei Yisrael may not eat the gid hanasheh, which is on the socket of the hip, until this day.” (Bereshis 32:33) In the middle of the night Yaakov encounters an angel of G-d, wrestles with him and wins. But the angel, who is Eisav’s spiritual source and advocate on high, wounds Yaakov’s sciatica nerve. In

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Shabbat Parshat Toldot – News & What’s On

“He summoned his elder son Eisav and said to him, “…so that I may grant you my soul’s blessing before I die.” Beneath Eisav’s Surface Yitzchak was not entirely oblivious to Eisav’s unrefined character and conduct, yet he intended to bestow upon him the most powerful blessings. Surely, his desire to bless Eisav was not based

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Shabbat Parshat Vayera – News & What’s On

In this week’s Parsha, in the midst of conversing with G-d, Avraham sees three men approaching and runs to welcome them to his home. From Avraham’s behaviour we learn that welcoming guests is greater than receiving the Shechinah, the Divine Presence. (Talmud, Shabbos 127a) But, having no precedent from which to learn, how did Avraham

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Auckland gets ready for a lockdown Sukkot

The Chassidic masters describe the events of the month of Tishrei not as solitary holidays, but as one continuous journey. Rosh Hashanah is the beginning. The trumpets are sounded, the king has arrived. The new year is upon us, for better or for worse. We hope for better. Ten days of introspection later, and the

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Parshat Vayelech – News & What’s On

With Simchat Torah right around the corner, we are approaching the end of the fifth book of the Torah, and simultaneously the end of Moshe’s days on earth. The Parshah of Vayelech (“and he went”) recounts the events of Moshe’s last day of earthly life. “I am one hundred and twenty years old today,” he says to the

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