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2012: A New You (Kosher Sutra)

By Marcus J Freed

January 1, 2012 | 7:38 am

Long Ship's Lighthouse, Land's End, by Joseph Turner

When being told a dramatic story, we all love the surprise ‘reveal’ at the end. Darth Vader removes his mask with “Luke, I am your father”. Russell Crowe spins around to say “My... read on

  • Kosher Sutra Holiday Special

    By Marcus J Freed

    December 25, 2011 | 4:35 pm


    What do the following things have in common: Jelly doughnuts, female assassins, massage oil, and good old-fashioned hard work? Switch on the kettle, make a cup of caffeine-free herbal tea and join me by the fireside for the Kosher Sutra Holiday Special. It all boils down to three... read on

  • Dream Big or Go Home

    By Marcus J Freed

    December 16, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    Some performers have a bad habit. Receiving a compliment, they reply “oh, I wasn’t that good”, or even worse, “I was awful tonight”. Rather than showing humility, they are display arrogance and reject your verbal gift. 

    My LA acting teacher Janet Alhanti said something... read on

  • Heal your life, hips & bank balance

    By Marcus J Freed

    December 8, 2011 | 11:42 pm

    There’s a really incredible piece of machinery that has been developed. It has a built-in feedback system that tells you when it needs fixing, the software is continually upgraded and the hardware has a lifetime guarantee. The item is called a ‘body’.

    We are creatures of... read on

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  • Awesome (Kosher Sutra)

    By Marcus J Freed

    December 5, 2011 | 2:41 pm

    Last week a Kentucky man made big news. He went shopping, packed his three children and groceries into the car and then drove away before realising he’d left something in the shopping cart: his six-month old baby.

    It is easily done. Not abandoning babies, but forgetting to be... read on

  • Rebecca’s Question: Kosher Sutra/Toldot

    By Marcus J Freed

    November 25, 2011 | 5:22 pm

    Today’s world has no shortage of internal struggles. Challenges abound, from Europe and the Euro to Israel’s secular/religious Jew/Arab troubles. There are institutions like Penn State, whose internal denial and reluctant acceptance of scandal persists. American elite’s... read on

  • Abe’ll Fix It (Chayei Sarah)

    By Marcus J Freed

    November 14, 2011 | 11:02 pm

    Abe’ll Fix It (Chayei Sarah)


    Human beings can achieve great things but we also have the capacity to over-complicate things. Hillel managed a memorable soundbite when he summed it all up whilst standing on one foot. Is this a metaphor for human potential? If it’s possible to say... read on

  • Revelation (Vayera)

    By Marcus J Freed

    November 11, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    The male of our species is equipped with the unique capacity to ignore items that are directly in front of its eyes. “the bananas are in the fridge next to the butter” says the female. “I can’t see it” replies the baffled male. “Here” says his mate, pointing at the... read on

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