Hendon United Synagogue http://www.hendonsynagogue.com Welcome to the the largest and most inclusive shul in Hendon. Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:42:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PURIM SEUDAH 5th March http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/purim-seudah-5th-march/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/purim-seudah-5th-march/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:42:28 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2658 Come and join us for a communal Purim Seudah on Thursday 5th March at 4.30 pm and make … Read more

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Come and join us for a communal Purim Seudah on Thursday 5th March at 4.30 pm and make your Purim one to remember! Adults £14, children £5. Please contact Tamara for more information or to book a place. Further details about our Purim programme to follow.

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HENDON SINGLES (AGE GROUP 55-75) 11th Feb http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/hendon-singles-age-group-55-75-11th-feb/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/hendon-singles-age-group-55-75-11th-feb/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:41:39 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2656 Join us on Wednesday 11th February for a theatre outing to see the popular musical ‘Made in Dagenham’. … Read more

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Join us on Wednesday 11th February for a theatre outing to see the popular musical ‘Made in Dagenham’. Let us know immediately if you and your friends would like to join us: tickets (£35 each) must be paid for immediately. For further information, contact Hannah via the shul office.

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70 DAYS FOR 70 YEARS – FRIDAY NIGHTS http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/70-days-70-years-friday-nights/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/70-days-70-years-friday-nights/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:28:57 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2654 ‘70 Days for 70 Years’ is the US’s very own international memorial learning project in honour of the … Read more

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‘70 Days for 70 Years’ is the US’s very own international memorial learning project in honour of the martyrs of the Holocaust. It involves studying a short Torah idea every day, for 70 consecutive days, in memory of an individual victim. Following our moving Melave Malka launch event, and to help build momentum for this incredible project, we are coming together as a community every Friday night to share what we have learned. Each week there will be an Oneg Shabbat to discuss our highlights from the week’s learning.

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BREAKFAST KIDDUSH – NEXT SHABBAT (7TH FEBRUARY) http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/breakfast-kiddush-shabbat-7th-february/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/breakfast-kiddush-shabbat-7th-february/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:27:58 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2652 Please join us on Shabbat Yitro (7th February) for a special Breakfast Kiddush at 11.00 am in the … Read more

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Please join us on Shabbat Yitro (7th February) for a special Breakfast Kiddush at 11.00 am in the Community Centre, after leining in the Main Shul, to thank all the Ba’aleh Koreh who have leined for us over the past year.

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BESHALACH http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/beshalach-2/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/beshalach-2/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:25:03 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2650 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY BERND KOSCHLAND – (SHABBAT SHIRA): Friend or foe?

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY BERND KOSCHLAND – (SHABBAT SHIRA): Friend or foe?

Pharaoh was told that “the people had fled” (Shemot 14:5); but had they actually fled (vorach)? This small word indicates aspects of the Exodus with a lesson for us till today.

The word beshalach (ibid 13:17) – giving the Sedrah its name – seems to show that Pharaoh let the Israelites go willingly, according to the Midrash, for whatever reason one can adduce. But when he was told that they had ‘fled’, his attitude to them changed to that of an enemy ready to harm them. “When Pharaoh let them go, he accompanied them and asked them to pray for him but then changed his behaviour and pursued them” (comment of Ba’al Haturim based on Midrash). The change of mind is further hinted at by reading barach backwards, as cherev (sword)!

The ‘flight’ came after 430 years (Shemot 12:40). The Talmud (Megillah 9a), followed later by Rashi, works out how that total is obtained. The conclusion is that they spent only 210 years in Egypt. Strangely the gematria (numerical value) of barach is 210 – they fled after 210 years!

The ‘friend’ turning enemy (Pharaoh) and, later, the enemy Amalek reflect our history. Medieval England and Spain and other countries through the centuries welcomed or tolerated us but then had a change of heart and expelled us. England allowed Jews to return in 1656. Other peoples without signs of friendship or reason have attacked us (like Amalek) – but we have survived, as Holocaust Memorial Day (marked earlier this week) shows, with its slogan ‘Keep the memory alive.’ About Amalek (and all our persecutors), we are told: “Write this in the book” (Shemot 17:14), to record the past for the present and future; and “Remember … Amalek … Do not forget” (Devarim 25:17-19).

So, while not forgetting Amalek and its modern manifestations in France and elsewhere, let us look forward with song and rejuvenation to Tu Bish’vat!

As a community, we are hugely indebted to Bernd for his outstanding work with the London Borough of Barnet’s recent Holocaust Memorial Day event and over many years.

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HENDON CO-ORDINATED CHARITIES ANNUAL SPORTS QUIZ DINNER- 9th Feb http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/hendon-co-ordinated-charities-annual-sports-quiz-dinner-9th-feb/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/hendon-co-ordinated-charities-annual-sports-quiz-dinner-9th-feb/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:10:22 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2640 On Monday 9th February in the Community Centre. Doors open: 7.00 pm; dinner (courtesy of Sami’s): 7.15 pm; … Read more

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On Monday 9th February in the Community Centre. Doors open: 7.00 pm; dinner (courtesy of Sami’s): 7.15 pm; quiz kick-off: 8.00 pm; final whistle: 11.00 pm (approx.) Entry: ONLY £30!

All proceeds go to help the needy and less fortunate of our local Hendon Kehilla.

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HENDON SYNAGOGUE MAGAZINE (PESACH 5775 ISSUE) http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/hendon-synagogue-magazine-pesach-5775-issue/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/hendon-synagogue-magazine-pesach-5775-issue/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:08:48 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2637 Please submit your articles, group reports, photos and adverts to the Shul Office at admin@hendonus.org.uk by 9th February.… Read more

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Please submit your articles, group reports, photos and adverts to the Shul Office at admin@hendonus.org.uk by 9th February.

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Security Announcement http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/security-announcement/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/security-announcement/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:07:14 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2635 In the aftermath of the appalling events in France last week, we need every member of our Community … Read more

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In the aftermath of the appalling events in France last week, we need every member of our Community to assist with our security and act as a visible deterrent to anyone planning us harm. COMMUNAL SECURITY IS NO LONGER JUST THE RESPONSIBILITY OF A FEW — IT’S YOURS TOO

If you can’t stand, you can sit and monitor the CCTV; if your spouse is already on the rota, sign up for a different team on another day; if you’ve got children, take them to the Children’s service whilst you do a security shift. It’s only 30 minutes every few weeks. There’s no excuse. Contact the Office at admin@hendonus.org.uk or on 020 8202 6924 to add your name to the rota.

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VA’ERA http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/vaera/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/vaera/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:06:26 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2632 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY PERRY BURNS The ‘magic’ of Va’era

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY PERRY BURNS The ‘magic’ of Va’era

Sticks to snakes: Water to blood: frogs from nowhere.

To our eyes this appears astonishing. Seemingly it is a magic contest where Moses performs miracles as an emissary of HaShem, and Pharaoh’s mechashfim (sorcerers) then match them using ‘magic’. Our immediate reaction is that it was sleight of hand, prestidigitation or a conjuring trick by which they were able to convince Pharaoh and the members of his Court that they were replicating Moses’ demonstration of Divine power. The Rambam agrees. He says that sorcery is sheer nonsense to which no rational person should give any credence, and that the accounts of astrological ‘forces’ are fabrications, invented to control the masses and extract from them money and allegiance.

But surprisingly he is alone amongst the commentators. Rashi, Ibn Ezra and especially the Ramban take the existence of magic as a real phenomenon. They go to great lengths to explain different kinds of enchantment, divination, witchcraft, necromancy and the presence of shedim (demons). Whilst the Abarbanel sides with Rambam in saying that Pharaoh’s sorcerers were using sleight of hand, he goes on to say that they achieved their results by harnessing the supernatural forces mentioned by the Ramban and Rashi.

The Torah’s prohibition (Devarim 18:9-13) of shoel ov veyidoni (consulting witches) may indicate the acceptance of these powers as real. However, it may be trying to protect us from falling prey to beliefs which Rambam states are designed to part fools from their money.

Magic may or may not be real but it is generally accepted that the magician’s favourite incantation – “Abracadabra” – is an Aramaic phrase, meaning “It shall be created as I have spoken”.

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SHEMOT http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/shemot-3/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/shemot-3/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:02:57 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2615 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY KENNETH BRAND

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY KENNETH BRAND

We learn from the Midrash that one reason why the Jewish people were saved from slavery in Egypt was their refusal to change their Hebrew names. It therefore seems strange that the man chosen by HaShem to bring them out of Egypt apparently had an Egyptian name.

When Pharaoh’s daughter Batya retrieved the baby boy from the Nile, she called him Moshe … ki min hamayim mishitihu – “for I drew him out of the water” (Shemot 2:10). It seems inconceivable that her knowledge of Hebrew would have been sufficient to enable her to give him a Hebrew name. The Chizkuni (13th century) offers two explanations: there is a tradition that she converted; alternatively, maybe the name was given by his mother Yocheved and then approved by Batya.

However, the plain reading of the text suggests that it was an Egyptian name. Support for this comes from the Malbim (d. 1879), who cites the explanation of Philo (d. 50) that Moshe comprises two Egyptian words, mo (‘water’) and sheh (‘escaping’). He concludes that it means the same in both Egyptian and Hebrew. The Yalkut Shimoni (midrashic anthology, c. 13th century) lists other names for Moshe/Moses given by his father, mother, sister, brother, nurse and the Israelites.

Despite the alternative Hebrew names, HaShem chose to use Moshe when addressing him. Why?

R’ Yehuda Amital (d. 2010) points out that water, being a liquid, does not have a shape of its own and accordingly adjusts to its surroundings. In contrast, Moshe – “the one drawn from the water” – was the “anti-water”, the embodiment of the Jewish people, who – despite the ever-changing surroundings – adhered to their beliefs, language, customs and mode of dress.

In these unsettled times, surely the lesson is that we should not be distracted by outside pressures and influences but to be steadfast in our Judaism.

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