Jewish Journal

  • Kosher Sutra: The Holy Grudge (Tsav/Shabbat HaGadol)

    By Marcus J Freed

    March 30, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    There is a powerful field of medicine known as ‘intuitive healing’. Whereas traditional (allopathic) doctors focus on symptoms within the physical anatomy, intuitive healers are able to read a person’s energy field. One of the most well-known is Dr Caroline Myss who wrote... read on

  • Kosher Sutra: Burning Man (Vayikra)

    By Marcus J Freed

    March 23, 2012 | 4:36 pm

    There is a pilgrimage that takes place every summer in the Nevada Desert. 50,000 people head to the sandy wasteland and participate in a week-long festival which culminates with the night time burning of a massive effigy of a human being. Burning Man is a phenomenon that eerily... read on

  • Kosher Sutra: The How of Happiness (Vayakhel-Pekudei)

    By Marcus J Freed

    March 16, 2012 | 4:33 pm

    Kosher Sutra: The How of Happiness (Vayakhel-Pekudei)

    Freud articulated it best when he explained the Pleasure Principle. Ultimately, we all want to be happy. Almost everything we do derives from that one basic desire, whether it is pursuing money, entertainment, love, or... read on

  • Kosher Sutra: Super-8 (Ki Tissa)

    By Marcus J Freed

    March 9, 2012 | 4:40 pm

    There was a time when every second mattered. My childhood birthday parties were captured on Super-8 cine film that my father carefully filmed, before sending off the four-minute reel of tape for developing and waiting two weeks. He then physically spliced the film for an edit, before... read on

  • Kosher Sutra: The Shmatte Game (Tetzaveh)

    By Marcus J Freed

    March 1, 2012 | 6:47 pm

    There was a time when three generations of my family were involved with the clothing business, or as my Dad calls it, ‘the shmatte game’ (shmatte = Yiddish for rag or fabric). My late Grandma Sadie was in her 80’s, sitting by her classic Singer sewing machine, patiently making... read on

  • Kosher Sutra: Sanctuary (Terumah)

    By Marcus J Freed

    February 24, 2012 | 11:48 am

    Kosher Sutra: Sanctuary (Terumah)

    “Oh Lord Prepare Me
    To be a sanctuary
    Pure and Holy
    Kind and True
    With thanksgiving
    I’ll be a living sanctuary
    For You” (Gospel Standard)

    Our Kosher Sutra reads: “Make for me a sanctuary and I dwell within them” (Exodus 25:8). The rabbis... read on

  • Kosher Sutra: Freedom isn’t Free (Mishpatim)

    By Marcus J Freed

    February 17, 2012 | 12:41 am

    One failing of the penal system is that prisoners can become too comfortable with the lifestyle. Some people enjoy the feeling of being cared for by an institution and the rent-free living inspires some ex-cons to quickly reoffend upon their release so that they are thrown back into... read on

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