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Toeing the Line – A poem for Parsha Korach

Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting,and the plague was checked.-Numbers 17:15 The Holy One drops the mic againThis time on rebels who were consumedin an instant. A rapid plague takes them all outeven more rapid than the rapid testsof our day. We’re reminded again to knowwhat’s what and not…

Anti-Schools Bill petition backed by 10,000 people handed to education

A petition signed by thousands of members of the strictly-Orthodox community has been handed to the Department for Education, opposing sections of the new Schools Bill designed to make religious institutions accountable. Rabbi Elyokim Schlesinger signed the cover letter for the petition sent to the Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi. Levi Weiss of…

A Bisl Torah – The Curvy Bridge

I have a deep fear of bridges. More accurately, I’m scared of bridges that stand looming over large pools of water or busy highways. And in order to not extend my anxiety to the driver while I noisily breathe in and out, I request they drive as close to the middle barrier as possible (away…

Emergency services founder accused of abuse dies a year after

A disgraced rabbi who had been awarded Israel’s highest national honor shortly before being accused of sexual abuse and rape, including of children, has died. Yehuda Meshi-Zahav died at 62 on Wednesday in Jerusalem, where he had been hospitalised for more than a year since attempting suicide amid mounting allegations against him. Meshi-Zahav was the…

And in the Seventh Year, Every Farmer Stopped

For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its produce. But in the seventh year, the land shall have a complete rest, a Sabbath to the Lord.” – Leviticus, chapter 25:3. For many American Jews, the concept of a shemittah (or Sabbatical) year…

British duo part of Yair Lapid’s top team

London-born Keren Hajioff has been named as international spokesperson to new Prime Minister Yair Lapid. She is part of a team that includes former UJS campaigns director Yair Zivan, a trusted advisor to the one-time broadcaster since 2014. He will continue to serve as diplomatic advisor. Hajioff – who made Aliyah in 2009 and rose…