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Vayakhel-Pekudei

The current wave of populism and post-truth politics signifies a fundamental crisis of leadership.  Vayakhel-Pekudei describes in painstaking detail the completion of the Mishkan, the travelling sanctuary in which the...

Posted on 22 March 2017, By Matt Plen
Vayetzei

What are we to make of Jacob’s dream? Midrash Tanhuma interprets it as follows: ‘”And behold the angels of God ascending and descending” – these are the princes of the heathen nations which God showed Jacob our...

Posted on 17 November 2015, By Matt Plen
Reflections - Toledot

In short, this is a story about non-Jewish aggression and confrontation, and the Jewish response which involves non-violence and ultimate spiritual superiority. But a closer reading undermines this stereotypical first impression. 

Posted on 22 November 2014, By Matt Plen

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