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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... 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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  • Kosher Sutra: Synaesthesia (Yitro)

    By Marcus J Freed

    February 17, 2012 | 12:27 am

    In the mid-1920’s a Russian Journalist called Solomon Veniaminovich Shereshevsky was reprimanded by his boss for because he didn’t write any notes during a meeting. Shereskvsky didn’t need to because he had a photographic memory. He was later discovered to be a synesthete.... read on

  • Kosher Sutra: Generation Flux

    By Marcus J Freed

    February 5, 2012 | 1:09 pm

    There is a question as to whether our economy is in a recession or if it has entered a full depression. One thing we can be certain of is that things have changed. The current issue of Fast Company magazine leads with a story about ‘Generation Flux’, its name for the status quo.... read on

  • Kosher Sutra: Night Terrors (Bo)

    By Marcus J Freed

    January 29, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    A couple of my friends have trouble sleeping at night because their three year-old son wakes them up. For a few months he suffered from ‘night terrors’, screaming and scared at 2am, or he was wide awake and in the mood for playing and singing. Many other people have problems... read on

  • Kosher Sutra: Be a Contender (Vayeira)

    By Marcus J Freed

    January 20, 2012 | 6:55 am

    We have no shortages of excuses to excuse our lack of success.‘If only I had a better education’. ‘If only I had more money’. ‘If only I was born into another family’. Perhaps the most famous excuse is from Marlon Brando’s 1954 film On the Waterfront when he famously... read on

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