A Message from Rabbi Lisa

Liberation is Just Beyond the Dawn This week’s Torah portion Vaera recounts the first of the 7 Ten Plagues in Egypt, and next week the final 3: locusts, darkness and the slaying of the first born. The past 10 months have been an experience of modern-day plague. For...

A Message from Rabbi Lisa

‘Now a new king arose over Egypt.’ This Shabbat we begin our reading of the Book of Exodus, which describes the violence and death that ensue from the creation of a false narrative about the Jews, a deluded conspiracy theory about a dangerous Israelite 5th column by...

A Message from Rabbi Lisa

The Long View Like many, I was devastated to hear the breaking news a week last Saturday night about moving into Tier 4 restrictions, and what this would mean for my plans to visit my family in Manchester over the Christmas break. Like many, my first thought was –...

A Message from Student Rabbi Tali

Dear Community, I know that many of you must be feeling low these days, with the hope of seeing family and friends, even if for the wrong holiday, scrapped, and with loneliness and darkness once again surrounding us. I know that for many of you, the winter break held...

A Message from Rabbi Lisa

Last night we lit 8 candles for the last night of Hanukkah. There is a debate in the Talmud between Hillel and Shammai about how the candles should be lit. I’d like to share a teaching by Michael Strassfel on this famous debate. (From Michael Strassfel’s weekly Torah....

A Message from Rabbi Lisa

This evening we will light candles for the first night of Chanukah, ushering in our Festival of Lights, Chag Urim. Why does a Jewish day begin at sunset? Because in Bereishit, our Creation story with which the Torah opens, we read, ‘And it was evening, and it was...