December 2017

A New Kind of Rabbi in Israel

In our Torah reading this week, Joseph, sold into exile in Egypt by his brothers, having risen to prominence and influence, reveals his identity at long last to his siblings, who have come to him seeking sustenance.

This week I have particularly enjoyed reading the online observations on our Torah portion by my friend and former rabbinical student Lila Veissid, now Rabbi at...

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Wondrous Light

Hanukkah with Provost GarberOur Torah reading this week is of dreams, and our prophetic reading of heavenly visions.

We live in a sometimes most un-dream-like world, and sometimes may doubt whether the ambitions and intentions that most shape it are in any true sense transcendent.

How...

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City of Dreams

City of DreamsI am blessed to have come of age in some magical places. Grinzing, for instance, its vineyards verging on the Vienna Woods – “only you will always be the city of my dreams,” as the Rudolf Sieczyński song “Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume...

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