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.
REFLECTIONS BY RABBI MS GINSBURY
Yom Kippur is the only fast in the Jewish calendar that can be observed on Shabbat, as indeed, of course, is the case this year. Almost invariably we are instructed to observe the holy seventh day of rest religiously, not merely as one on which we desist from mundane and creative workday activity. We are also exhorted to enjoy ‘oneg Shabbat’, the ‘honouring’ of the day by partaking of those special items of food and drink which we find appealing, thereby enhancing our positive appreciation, observance and celebration of Shabbat.
How can it then be that when 10th Tishrei (Yom Kippur) falls on Shabbat, we are instructed to fast and observe a day that is normally reserved for oneg (relaxation and enjoyment) as one of solemn repentance and abstinence from such simple pleasures as wearing leather shoes or washing and anointing ourselves with any creams or fragrances?
This problem is evident in a difference of opinion as to whether or not to insert the phrase ‘r’tzei b’imnuchateinu’ (‘find favour in our rest’), which appears in all our regular Shabbat Amidot, into our Yom Kippur-falling-on-Shabbat Amidot. The Mattei Ephraim says we should not do so as on a fast day it is incongruous to say that there is ‘favour’ to be found in our rest. However, the Bigdei Yesha argues that the menucha of Shabbat/Yom Kippur lies in our faithful anticipation of G-d forgiving all our sins. In practice, we seem to follow this latter opinion and thus, even when fasting on Shabbat/Yom Kippur, we can be said to be enjoying the incomparable Shabbat blessings of enjoyment and rest, through the process of Teshuva and being cleansed of previous misdeeds!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.