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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.
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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY KENNETH BRAND
In his Guide for the Perplexed, Rambam (Maimonides, 1135 -1204) writes: “The purpose of sacrifices being incorporated into the Divine service of the Jewish people was to accommodate the people’s transition from the extreme falsehood of idol worship to the extreme truth of worshipping one true G-d. They had been steeped in an idolatrous culture and could only free themselves from it through the form of animal sacrifice to which they were accustomed. Now, through strict rules, they could direct it towards the service of G-d.”
This explanation contrasts sharply with that of Ramban (Nachmanides, 1194-1270), who refers to it as “vain words”. He contends that sacrifices have a positive effect in that their purpose is to bring close (the root of the word korban) all the forces in the universe by uniting the lower and upper world.
The Meshech Chochma (1843-1926) reconciles these two differing opinions. He comments that sacrifices can be offered either in the Temple or on a bamah (ie, a raised private place for offerings) in Israel – but the bamah cannot be used when the Temple is standing.
The suggestion is that Ramban was referring to the Temple, which unites the Jewish people with HaShem and is therefore positive, whereas the bamah turned the Jewish people from idol worship and is therefore negative. Significantly, in the Mishna it is stated that there is no pleasant smell from sacrifices on a bamah, emphasising their negative effect when contrasted with the sacrifices in the Temple, for which there is constant reference to their sweet aroma (re’ach ni’choach), highlighting their positive value. May the rebuilding of the Temple occur speedily in our lifetime!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.