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Giving Thanks (Tzav 5778)

The first words we are taught to say each morning, immediately on waking, are Modeh/modah ani, “I give thanks” We thank before we think Note that the normal word order is inverted: Modeh ani, not ani modeh, so that in Hebrew the “thanks” comes before the “I” Judaism is “gratitude with attitude” And this, according to recent scientific research, really is a life-enhancing... Read more

The Call (Vayikra 5778)

It was never my ambition or aspiration to be a rabbi. I went to university to study economics. I then … Read more

Making Space (Vayakhel & Pekudei 5778)

With this week’s double parsha, with its long account of the construction of the sanctuary – one of the longest … Read more