Divrei Torah

Parshat Nitzavim: Helping to Make the World a Better Place

Posted on September 29, 2016

by Rabbi Gavriel Jansenson Once upon a time there was a King who ended a long war and decided to build a palace on the conquered territory. When the palace was completed, he decided to add a garden. He asked each of the local gardeners to come and to plant a tree and told each …

Parshat Ki Tavo: It Feels Good Making Others Feel Good

Posted on September 23, 2016

by Rabbi Simon Basalely Although the opening story of this week’s Parasha, the bringing of the first fruits (Bikkurim) often gets much of the attention, I would like to dig a little bit past that to the second discussion of our Parasha – Viduy Maaser for an important and timely insight. Viduy Maaser (confession of …


Posted on September 5, 2016

by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks I don’t know whether you ever noticed, but teshuvah, the whole cycle of repentance and forgiveness, plays no part in the early dramas of humankind. It doesn’t in the story of Adam and Eve. As for Cain, God mitigates his punishment but he doesn’t forgive him for his crime. There …