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Prelude to Hope - Parashat Vayetzei 5778

What are we to make of Rachel stealing her father's household idols when she leaves with Jacob? Drawing on ideas from Dr Wendy Zierler ( and perhaps we find her to be a model for us all.

Duration: 00:08:10

Prelude to Hope - Parashat Toldot 5778

Jacob and Esau - The first twin study, found in the Torah. But what if the Bible and the rabbinic commentaries are telling us with some nuance and subtlety not to characterise the traits of Jew/Enemy of the Jews in a predetermined way in people? Maybe we're all more like each other than we'd care to admit?

Duration: 00:11:11

Parashat Vayera 5778 - Lonely Knight of Faith

What kind of faith follows from the thousands of years of interpretation of the binding of Isaac? How do we confront the commanding voice of God to Abraham to sacrifice his son in our time and what does this mean for humanity?

Duration: 00:05:37

Parashat Lech Lecha 5778 - Inspiration from our teachers in memory of Rabbi Sheila Shulman

In memory of our teacher, Rabbi Sheila Shulman z'l, and of course Rabbi Dr Leo Baeck. Lech Lecha a parasha of transformation is also a Torah reading that reminds us of our teachers whose yarzheits (anniversary of their death) fall around this time of year. Teaching in Judaism is something that Talmud says makes our students, makes the words of Torah and recreates the teacher.

Duration: 00:06:39

Parashat Noach - Hope and Joy in Adverse Times

In adverse times in the world's history, how do we confront the challenge of remaining hopeful and perhaps even joyful. The Maor VaShemesh sees Noach as a role model for all time. Dedicated to the memory of my teacher, Rabbi Dr Pesach Schindler z'tl former Rosh HaYeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva.

Duration: 00:05:40

Parashat Bereishit 5778 - The Beginning...

What does the #creation story of the book of #Genesis, the first #Torah portion (parasha), mean to us? Should we understand it literally or is the message deeper and much more important - forcing us to confront the very meaning of our existence?

Duration: 00:04:23

Elul and Repentance

What is the meaning of repentance - teshuvah - in Jewish tradition.

Duration: 00:05:54

Speech For Hate And Redemption in the book of Exodus

Reflections on the beginning of the book of Exodus, terrifying rhetoric of hate to incitement against the Children of Israel and the power of speech to redeem.

Duration: 00:14:15

Joseph Yivkele - The Cry-baby?

What can all of Joseph's crying in the book of Genesis tell us about how we might view the world around us today.

Duration: 00:10:52

Chanukah 2016

Prelude to Hope podcast - Rabbi Neil Janes discusses the message of Chanukah and the candles.

Duration: 00:11:03