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.
SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY ADRIAN FLASHER
At the start of the second of today’s two Sidrot, we learn the process of purification for the Metzora (the person contaminated by tzara’at).
This includes bringing two live birds, of which one is slaughtered and the other is freed to fly away.
Two questions arise: ‘Why bring two birds, not one?’ and ‘Why only kill one and set the other free?’
These can be answered based on a Chumash commentary by R’ Shlomo Ganzfried zt’l (d. 1886), author of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch.
It is understood that when a person brings an offering to the Temple and sees the Kohen slaughter it, he/she should contemplate that the animal or bird is being offered in the person’s place and that this should bring him/her to teshuvah.
The main cause of tzara’at was the sin of lashon hara (Arachin 15b). When the bird was slaughtered, the Metzora should think about the bad use to which he or she put his or her mouth and resolve to be silent.
However, King David taught (Psalm 58): ‘Can your silence be justified at a time when righteousness you should speak, when with equity you should judge the sons of a man?’
Since there are positive, constructive ways to speak, the Torah commanded that the Metzora also bring a second bird, whose chirping would remind the Metzora that there is good speech which could console, encourage, praise and advise others, as well as speak words of Torah.
Speech can be used for bad, for slander and for falsehood; but it can also be used for good, for praise, for advice, for Torah. Choose the good!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.