Within our community you will find a full range of activities for all ages and lifestages within a vibrant, modern orthodox framework. This pack highlights just a few of the activities that take place regularly on the Synagogue campus and I am sure that you will find something here for you.
Our synagogue has served the community for over 60 years and has seen many changes both within our membership and beyond. Throughout that time, Hendon United Synagogue has adapted to meet its members needs in a huge variety of ways.
TZAV (SHABBAT HAGADOL)
SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RABBI MS GINSBURY
This week’s Sedrah opens with an unusual specific invocation, one from which its name is taken: ‘Tzav’ (‘Command’). Rashi explains this as (i) encouragement to the first and future generations of Kohanim, who were to serve in the Sanctuary with alacrity; and (ii) an exhortation not to find the financial burden of the offerings ‘offputting’.
Some commentators understand this burden as specifically relevant to the Kohanim. Ramban relates it to the meal-offering, which every Kohen had to bring at his own expense when starting his period of service in the Sanctuary and which the Kohen Gadol had to bring daily. The Maharal explains that the Kohanim would lose out in not being able to earn an income when ‘on duty’ in the Sanctuary. The Ohr HaChaim, on the other hand, learns that the loss related to the entire nation, being associated with the korban tamid (twice-daily offering), which was paid for by the public purse and which at times of scarcity could only be procured at huge expense.
As Pesach approaches, we are all aware of its inevitable cost implications, yet we are reminded in today’s Haftarah that the Jewish people cannot achieve prosperity by stinting on charitable and religious obligations. Exactly the opposite: it is the faith and belief inherent in such acts of commitment which underwrite the wellbeing of our nation.
As we approach the season of our freedom, we need to remember that to be free is not to bemoan the cost of our religious privileges but rather to remember the lessons of ‘Tzav’ and the Haftarah of Shabbat HaGadol – to be positive and determined to discharge our responsibilities and ensure that we do whatever we can to help those less fortunate than ourselves to do likewise!View previous parshiot
Rabbi Mordechai and Judy Ginsbury joined Hendon United Synagogue in February 1999. Prior to this they had spent nearly 14 years as Rabbi and Rebbetzen of the Prestwich Hebrew Congregation in Manchester.
During their tenure with us they have endeared themselves to the Community with their warm, intelligent and welcoming approach and have enhanced and furthered Hendon’s reputation as a dynamic and vibrant Kehilla.