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BINA Living

Ancient Jewish wisdom applied in a modern world through Personal growth.

This month’s classes:

Monday, July 1
Unity, Tolerance and Acceptance
BINA Living
Starts 7:15PM
Cannabis and Kabbalah

Question: Did you read the news about a new-age “Kabbalah” teacher who was arrested for growing cannabis in her living room? This caught my attention, as I have always had two loves in my life…

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The Wick

One of the many lessons of the Chanukah lights can be derived from a law that the flames must burn through a wick…

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The Miracle We Didn't Deserve

Question: I was playing the game of dreidel, as we do every Chanukah, when someone asked what it actually means. I wasn’t sure what to say, apart from being a fun way to spend time with the family during the holiday…

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What Does 'Shkoyach' Mean?

Question: My conversion process has been a huge learning curve. One of the many challenges is getting my head around all the terminology. I can finally pronounce Chanukah correctly, and I now know…

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Why Stones on a Grave?

Question: I am going to visit my grandmother’s grave, and was planning to buy a bunch of her favourite flowers. But I have noticed that Jewish graves don’t have bouquets, only stones laid on them…

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R.E.L.A.T.E - Part 1 Continued  - THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE WHOLE

The holiest Jewish object is the Sefer Torah – the Torah scroll. In this scroll there are six hundred thousand letters. For a Torah to be kosher every letter must be carefully written…

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The Atheist Telescope

Question: How can a rational thinking person believe in G-d, when there is absolutely no evidence for his existence? Today we have x-ray, radar, satellites, infrared photography

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R.E.L.A.T.E - Part 1 Continued  - A GREAT EXAMPLE OF LOVE WOTHOUT RESPECT

The great Talmudic sage Rabbi Akiva had 24,000 disciples. Tragically (with the exception of five), they all passed away during the seven week period between the festivals of Pesach and Shavuot…

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R.E.L.A.T.E - Part 1 Continued  - Defining Respect

But what exactly does respect mean? In different relationships “respect” is expressed in different ways…

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R.E.L.A.T.E - Part 1 Continued  - SELFLESS OR SELFISH

The great Rabbi Mendel of Kotzk observed a disciple eating fish. “Why are you eating fish?” he asked. “I love fish,” the student replied. “If you really loved fish,”…

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R.E.L.A.T.E - Part 1 Introduction

There is a story about the people of Chelm (a small town which apparently had a community who were not blessed with great intelligence). Chelm had a bridge that was damaged and was becoming dangerous….

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"Dad, Would You Sacrifice Me?"

Question: I need some urgent help. My daughter asked me a question and I’m totally stumped. She learnt in school the biblical story of G-d asking Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac on the altar…

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