Blood and Love

Blood and Love31 Mar 2017

Blood is as much part of Pesach, as it is of life itself. How are we to understand it? How do we relate to it? This reflection by Rabbi Benji Stanley takes a look at the topic from life to Haggadah.

Your Obligation to Imagination

Your Obligation to Imagination24 Mar 2017

From Benji Stanley: In the build up to Pesach, I want to explore each week a different facet of the festival. This week I am exploring the core commandment to see yourself as if you yourself went out of Egypt...

Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air06 May 2016

There’s always that wonderful feeling to energised freshness that comes with Spring. That delightful feeling of leaving the house without your coat on and feeling the sun on your skin. It’s a time for love, for appreciating the bounty of our good Earth and the beauty of life. Of course, there is great darkness and difficulty in our world and we certainly shouldn’t close our eyes to that, but Pesach can be such a happy time. Judaism honours happy times and beautiful moments through ritual and liturgy; a structure that can prime our awareness when all is right with the world, even if only momentarily.

The Pesach Perspective

The Pesach Perspective29 Apr 2016

Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz: A number of years ago, the diagnosis of a curious disease was formulated. The symptoms can be defined as follows, and I quote: "[Affluenza is] a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more."

Charoset: What's in the Mix?

Charoset: What's in the Mix?26 Apr 2016

Why is Charoset on the seder plate and what’s its role in the seder or in the Passover story? Perhaps more fundamentally, what’s actually in the mix?

It turns outs that overwhelmingly, Jews all over the world use the same basic ingredients. Take a minute to note yours and see how many figure on this list:

The Elements of the Seder

The Elements of the Seder22 Apr 2016

Seder means "order" - the evening is ritualized and follows a predetermined order, such that the meal is really the least important and least interesting part. What are we getting ourselves into?

Exodus – Movement of Jah People

Exodus – Movement of Jah People20 Apr 2016

When I was a teen, I listened to a lot of Bob Marley. I was an avid Reggae fan and even paid homage to his grave when I visited Jamaica on a family vacation. What I loved about Bob’s music, apart from the irresistible rhythms and melodies were his spiritual, Biblically-inspired lyrics.

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