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Weekly Reflections | Rachael's Centre for Torah, Mussar & Ethics Toronto

A Jewish View on Valentines Day

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Valentines Day is coming up and people always ask, “what is the Jewish take on this holiday?” Here is the answer.

Half Shabbos

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Have you heard about Orthodox Jews who send texts on Shabbat? There’s no punchline here. Originating from groups of Orthodox Jewish teens, “Half Shabbos” is keeping Shabbat yet using your cell phone to stay connected to friends. Watch this video to learn more about the growing conversation occurring across Shabbat dinner tables.

Why Does God Allow Natural Disasters?

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

It is easy to notice that the Earth’s weather has become more extreme with an increasing number of natural disasters over the past few years. From Katrina a few years ago, to the forest fires all over North America year after year, to the devastating tornadoes recently in the Midwest United States. Each time disaster strikes we ask “where is God?” and we often get two very different answers. Rachael explains.

Parshat Korach - Rachael’s Video Reflection

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

In this video reflection, Rachael talks about this week’s Torah Portion, Parshat Korach. This Parsha begins with an Israelite named Korach, stirring up a rebellion against Moses and his leadership and ends with Korach’s coup being spoiled by a little ‘Divine Intervention.’ Find out what happens.

Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut - Rachael’s Reflection VLOG - April 16

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Using Mussar During Passover Prep - Rachael’s Reflection VLOG - March 25

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Rachael offers a suggestion on how to use Mussar to help with all the organizing and stress of cooking, cleaning and preparing for Passover.

Selling your Chametz - Rachael’s Video Reflection VLOG - March 23

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

As Passover approaches, Rachael looks at the question of why some Jewish people sell their Chametz (bread products) and also offers an alternative idea of what you can do with all that Chametz.

Anti-Zionism IS Anti-Semitism - Rachael’s VLOG Reflection

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Students at Universities and Colleges all over Canada have come together to denounce Zionism and the State of Israel at an event called Israel Apartheid Week or IAW. While these students claim their acts are Anti-Zionist, by looking at the essence of Zionism, what they are really doing is attacking the Jewish people. Rachael explains more.

Women of The Wall Response - Rachael’s Weekly Reflection VLOG

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Rachael responds to the recent story of a woman who was arrested for praying at the Western Wall because she was wearing a tallit. Rachael asks how we can speculate what a person’s intent is and what their rights are as a member of the Jewish community.

Weekly Reflection - November 26, 2009

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Click here to watch Rachael’s Weekly Reflection VLOG

This week, Rachael delves into a dilemma that she’s facing. To avoid gossiping, Rachael turns to her inner process and reassesses how she will problem solve.