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The story of Chanukah takes place during a dramatic period of Jewish history. The ancient Greek Empire conquered and occupied Israel, and proclaimed various laws prohibiting the practice of Torah.

by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein
Shabbat Candles

Candle-lighting time is powerful and redemptive. In a few precious moments, with a few carefully considered words and a few emotionally charged thoughts, you can change your life. You can even change the world.

by Ariella Wolf

Bread brings us close to God. And it brings us close to each other. Journey with Rabbi Jonathan Goldschmidt of India’s Paradesi Synagogue, as he explores some of the deep secrets of bread.

by Rabbi Jonathan Goldschmidt
Tent in Desert

The Shabbat Project: Step Inside

Like Abraham’s tent, the Shabbat Project is a place of shade and relief, open to every Jew.

by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein
Rosh Hashanah

Every Rosh Hashana, we get a fresh start – the opportunity to begin anew, to create ourselves in a new way, and put our lives on an entirely new trajectory.

by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein
Havdalah Blog

Shabbat, the day we have ‘extra soul’, is a day dedicated to personal growth. We rededicate ourselves to actualising our God-given potential. And we usher out Shabbat with spices – a comfort for losing our extra soul, and a reminder to continue walking the upward path towards our best selves.

by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein

When we rush through life we can lose our spiritual eyesight. Shabbat slows us down so that we can see the world with fresh eyes, acutely aware of the beauty around us, appreciating everything as a gift from God. Living with appreciation, savouring our blessings, feeling grateful for everything we have – that is the secret to happiness.

by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein
Pesach Matza Blog

The seder is a call to Jewish families for how to live our lives. It teaches us all how we need to make time and space for one another in order to discuss and to debate the most important dimensions of what it means to be a Jew.

by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein

As we go into this Shabbos, we go in ready for Purim, ready to celebrate the values that we hold dear, and ready to proclaim to the world the importance of holiness and the values for which we have fought generation after generation.

by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein
Shabbat table

Now is our chance to seize the gift that is Shabbat.

by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein
Shabbat Shira Yemima Mizrach

Here’s your “homework” for the week of Parashat BeShalach and for Shabbat Shira

by Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi
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This year, on the Shabbat of parshat Vayeira, let us begin a journey to a brighter Jewish future, let us model our homes on the home of Abraham and Sarah. Let each of us make our home a sanctuary, a spiritual safe-haven, a place of kindness and warmth, faith and connection, filled with the light and joy of Shabbat.

by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein