Parashat Chukkat 5776

The latter two of the three chapters that make up this week’s Torah portion of Chukkat contain a series of troubling episodes that seem destined to offer nothing but trouble to our ancestors on their journey through the wilderness. In no particular order they are as follows. The people are … Read More

Parashat Naso 5776

Of blessings and prayers The Chavurah in Crouch End has developed an interesting bnei mitzvah ritual; at the end of the Torah service, after the student has read their portion and explained it, and are finally breathing again, we ask them to come once again before community. Standing in a … Read More

Parashat B’midbar 5776

The Resilience of Unaccompanied Children On Tuesday, 17th May 2016, together with Rabbis Janet Darley and Margaret Jacobi, I completed a quartet of Liberal rabbis in a pilgrimage to ‘The Jungle’ in Calais. Our leaders were my father, Rabbi Harry Jacobi MBE, and Lord Alf Dubs, a Labour Peer and … Read More

Parashat Bechukkotai 5776

When one consciously makes a vow, offering themselves to the Eternal according to your valuation (Lev 27:2)… To understand this passage from Bechukotai, where an individual pledged a donation to the Temple system according to a fixed valuation in silver, we need to appreciate that there was a time when … Read More