Rabbi Fred Morgan AM has lived in the United States, England and Australia. He was Lecturer in the Religions of India at the University of Bristol before entering the Leo Baeck College, London, where he received rabbinic s’mikhah in 1984. He has served congregations in Britain, Hungary and Australasia. In 2013, he was made Emeritus at Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, Australia’s flagship Progressive synagogue, after 16 years as Senior Rabbi. Since then Rabbi Morgan has been Professorial Fellow at the Australian Catholic University, coordinator of the Grass Roots Dialogue Project for the Council of Christians and Jews in Victoria, and Movement Rabbi for the Union for Progressive Judaism in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He has lectured and published extensively on Jewish and interfaith themes. In 2014 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the Jewish Community and interfaith dialogue. He is married to Sue and they have three children and a grandchild.
This week’s Torah Portion – Parashat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10) – continues giving us the instructions concerning the tabernacle, focusing on the role of the priesthood. Our discussion focuses on the relation between the ‘Ner Tamid’ – the perpetual light of the Temple – and the elaborate description of the clothing of the priests.
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