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How Do We Avoid Life’s Pitfalls?

History is replete with examples of people who had the world at their feet, and then threw it all away.

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14 June 2018

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How Do We Rise Above Groupthink?

Human beings are social creatures. We are influenced heavily and decisively by those around us, and very often base our thoughts, actions and opinions on what others think, do and believe. How do we withstand this social pressure, this groupthink? And more than this, is there a way we can use it to our advantage?

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07 June 2018

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Are You Humble?

For many of our sages, humility is the ultimate Torah value. The Ramchal sees it as one of the highest spiritual and moral states a person can reach. The Ramban writes passionately about humility in his famous letter to his son, describing it as the access point for a host of other Torah values. For the Rambam, humility is the rare exception to his Golden Mean – a trait which requires us to go to extremes. Why?

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31 May 2018

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How Do We Move On In Life?

How do we respond when we are confronted with our own moral failings and misdeeds? Do we acknowledge openly what we have done wrong, and take full responsibility? Or do we withdraw into our defences, deflecting our wrongdoing, turning a blind eye, maintaining the façade? As it turns out, how we answer that question can change both the past and the future.

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24 May 2018

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Always Receiving

We don’t just remember our Jewish history. We relive it. We re-integrate the experiences, and make them part of our daily lives – tangible and relevant in every way.

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17 May 2018

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G-d’s Promise To Us

By all the laws of history, the Jewish people should not exist… yet here we are, the same identifiable nation we’ve always been. What is the secret to our survival?

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10 May 2018

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Holding Onto Time

Counting the omer can completely change our relationship with time. A seven-week journey of personal growth and character refinement, it offers us an escape hatch from a life of fleeting experiences into something transcendent and everlasting.

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03 May 2018

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To Life

Exploring Judaism’s deep connection with life through three different interpretations of the Torah phrase, “and you shall live by them”

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25 April 2018

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Israel at 70

Satisfaction, gratitude and humility

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19 April 2018

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Finding Inspiration Through Mitzvot

This week’s parsha teaches us how to find inspiration within the framework of the mitzvot.

Parshat Shemini – As broadcast on Chai FM

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12 April 2018

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