Sedra Korach 120 words – Blind Stupid is Evil

Unauthorised use of the Ketores is lethal. Its brutal uncompromising consequence already graphically illuminated by Aharon’s 2 sons. So when Moshe Rabbenu proposed the Ketores test to Korach and his crowd, they all knew… Continue reading

Sedra Nasso 120 words – Religious Facts, Empty Threats

“My big-brother is going to bash you” means something if big-brother’s victims or his muscles are on display.  Otherwise, the empty threat only weakens he who makes it. That’s why most religions issue threats… Continue reading

Pesach Halacha 200 words – Kitniyos

The Vilna Gaon (ShA OCh 453: VeYesh Osrim) refers to the Gemara Pesachim 40b as a source for the custom of prohibiting Kitniyos – Rav Papi permitted bakers of the appointed Rabbinic leader of the… Continue reading

Pesach Hagadah 120 words – Why the Cup is not Full

At the Seder, drops of wine are removed from the brimming cup as we list the ten plagues, one drop per plague. A full cup symbolises complete joy, celebration of Gd’s triumph. Our… Continue reading

Sedra Metzora 120 words, The Rabbi Should not Pasken

And the owner will come to the Cohen and say, “I think my house is plagued” [14:35] Rashi: even if he is a Torah scholar and knows with certainly that the house is… Continue reading

Pesach Halacha 200 words – Chamets Starch is Paper

Paper goods containing wheat starch ought not be used during Pesach. The wheat starch is deemed to be Chamets and may possibly be leached into hot and perhaps even cold foods put into… Continue reading

Pesach, 450 words – What Are We Offering Gd?

Two sacrifices – a burnt-offering (Olah, a lamb) and a sin-offering (Chatos, dove or pigeon) – are to be brought by a woman who has given birth. In cases of financial hardship two… Continue reading

Sedra Tazria 120 words – Being Alone

When we become ill, we take two Panadol and go to the doctor, as we ought to. We also Daven and our friends gather to Daven. And he who is afflicted with the TzaRaAs… Continue reading

Shushan Purim 120 words – Destroy They Who Seek Our Destruction

Haman’s legislated day of Jew-killing was over. No Jews died. However, 75,000 attackers had been killed. Some months earlier Mordechai had been appointed to replace Haman and run the government. Haman the evil mastermind was dead by the… Continue reading

Purim 120 words – When your Dress-up Touches your Core

A most powerful scene, a moment of instantaneous reversal, is powerfully portrayed in the novel, The Lord of the Flies. The children have deteriorated from typical obedient school-children into two gangs whose rivalry has… Continue reading