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Rabbi Marcus MBE – Chukat

The word Chukat is derived from the word ‘Chok’ which is often unsatisfactorily translated to mean statute. The 613 Mitzvot of the Torah can be divided into 2 groups- MISHPAT…

Rabbi Marcus MBE – Korach

Korach was of the tribe of Levi and a cousin of Moshe and Aaron, and was motivated by jealousy.  In his attempt to overthrow Moshe, he criticised Moshe…

Rabbi Marcus MBE – Shelach Lecha

A large part of today’s Sidra deals with the sad episode of the M’raglim – the 12 spies sent by Moshe at the behest of the nation who, on approaching…

Rabbi Marcus MBE – Beha’alotcha

The Sidra opens with what is arguably one of the most prominent of all our symbols – the seven branched menorah (symbol of the modern State of Israel). The importance…

Rabbi Marcus – Naso

Naso contains a variety of seemingly unrelated subjects. The Sidra informs us of the various tasks of the Levites; the sanctity of marriage, the laws pertaining to a…

Rabbi Marcus MBE – Bamidbar

This Sidra reports in detail the census of all adult males fit for military duty. This census was taken in the second year after the exodus from Egypt.

Rabbi Marcus MBE – Emor

Our weekly Sidra is made up of 4 Chapters covering various subjects. The first two Chapters focus on the Cohanim, including the rules of mourning if a death…

Rabbi Marcus MBE Tazria – Metzorah

Tazria continues with the themes of holiness and purity and in particular with the affliction known as Tzara’at. Tzara’at is often incorrectly translated as leprosy but it is…

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