Hendon United Synagogue http://www.hendonsynagogue.com Welcome to the the largest and most inclusive shul in Hendon. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:09:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GUEST SPEAKER – 22nd Nov http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/guest-speaker-22nd-nov/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/guest-speaker-22nd-nov/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:09:53 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2519 Rabbi Yehoshua Hartman (head of the Beis Programme, Hasmonean High School) will be giving the Sermon in the … Read more

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Rabbi Yehoshua Hartman (head of the Beis Programme, Hasmonean High School) will be giving the Sermon in the Main Shul on Shabbat 22nd November (Parshat Toldot, Mevarachim HaChodesh Kislev). Please make every effort to attend.

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HENDON LADIES’ ROSH CHODESH GROUP – 25th Nov http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/hendon-ladies-rosh-chodesh-group-25th-nov/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/hendon-ladies-rosh-chodesh-group-25th-nov/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:08:39 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2517 Join us on Tuesday 25th November, 8.15 pm with guest speaker Roisy Nevies on “8 meditations: listen to … Read more

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Join us on Tuesday 25th November, 8.15 pm with guest speaker Roisy Nevies on “8 meditations: listen to the Chanukah candles – some
inspiring messages from the practical halachot of lighting the menorah”.

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CHAYE SARA http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/chaye-sara-2/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/chaye-sara-2/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:06:28 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2515 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RABBI PINI DUNNER, BEVERLY HILLS SYNAGOGUE (on the Bar Mitzvah of his nephew, Gabriel Van … Read more]]> SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RABBI PINI DUNNER, BEVERLY HILLS SYNAGOGUE (on the Bar Mitzvah of his nephew, Gabriel Van Dijk)

“Isaac went out to pray in the field towards evening” (Bereishit 24:63)

The Talmud uses this verse to teach us that Isaac established the Mincha (afternoon) prayer. Tosafot points out an apparent contradiction. Elsewhere the Talmud refers to Mincha as Abraham’s prayer. If Isaac instituted Mincha, why is it referred to as Abraham’s prayer? Tosafot answers that after Isaac established the prayer, Abraham took it on, and it is therefore also referred to by his name. This sounds a bit strange.

Who cares if Abraham ‘davened’ Mincha? It was still Isaac who had established it! Surely it should be known as Isaac’s prayer?

There is an interesting anomaly with the Avot (patriarchs). While we know a great deal about their early lives, we know very little about their later lives. Why is it that their latter years are shrouded in obscurity? It seems that the title ‘Av’, used in relation to our patriarchs, means that they had an impact on the formation of the Jewish people, but this title only lasted as long as that impact was active. Once it was over, their relevance in terms of the purpose of the Torah was no longer there. The Torah is not a history book, nor is it a book of biographies. When Isaac became the ‘Av’, Abraham was no longer an Av.

Isaac established Mincha as an Av. Even Abraham was required to follow his son’s institution. In calling it Abraham’s prayer, the Talmud is informing us that Isaac impacted not only future generations but also Abraham.

When a boy becomes Bar Mitzvah and grows into a Ben Torah, it is he who becomes the standard-bearer of the Jewish people going forward. It is a tradition that began with Abraham and Isaac, and it continues to this day.

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AVOS U’BANIM – CONTINUES THIS WEEK! http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/avos-ubanim-continues-week/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/avos-ubanim-continues-week/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 14:01:45 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2509 The Avos u’Banim (parents and children) learning programme continues every Motzaei Shabbat in the Beth HaMedrash – 45-minute … Read more

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The Avos u’Banim (parents and children) learning programme continues every Motzaei Shabbat in the Beth HaMedrash – 45-minute session
starting from around 45 minutes after the end of Shabbat, with ‘nosh’ and free entry into a raffle with three prizes each week.

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CHILDREN’S PRE-CHANUKAH EXTRAVAGANZA 14th DEC- SAVE THE DATE! http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/childrens-pre-chanukah-extravaganza-14th-dec-save-date/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/childrens-pre-chanukah-extravaganza-14th-dec-save-date/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 14:00:48 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2507 Watch and listen out for details of our fabulous children’s pre-Chanukah extravaganza on Sunday 14th December.… Read more

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Watch and listen out for details of our fabulous children’s pre-Chanukah extravaganza on Sunday 14th December.

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BLOOD DONOR SESSION – SUNDAY 23RD NOVEMBER I http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/blood-donor-session-sunday-23rd-november/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/blood-donor-session-sunday-23rd-november/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 14:00:13 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2504 The next Blood Donor Session will be on Sunday 23rd November in the Community Centre, 9.30 am – … Read more

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The next Blood Donor Session will be on Sunday 23rd November in the Community Centre, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm & 2.00 – 4.00 pm.

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VAYERA http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/vayera-3/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/vayera-3/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 13:57:07 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2498 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RABBI SHAUL ROBINSON, LINCOLN SQUARE SYNAGOGUE, NEW YORK (on the 100th birthday of his uncle … Read more]]> SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RABBI SHAUL ROBINSON, LINCOLN SQUARE SYNAGOGUE, NEW YORK (on the 100th birthday of his uncle Louis Martin)

Vayera ends with one of the most monumental episodes in Tanach – the Akeidah (binding of Isaac). It is regarded as the most challenging of the so-called ten tests of Abraham (see Ethics of the Fathers 5:3). Indeed, the Torah uses the word ‘nisa’ (‘He tested’) when referring to the task that HaShem set Abraham (Bereishit 22:1).

The Netivot Shalom (the Slonimer Rebbe – d 2000) points out an often-overlooked part of the Akeidah narrative. HaShem does not actually command’ Abraham to offer his son on the altar. Instead, he asks him to do so. ‘Kach na et bin’cha’ means ‘please take your son’. It is if HaShem is saying ‘I cannot – do not – command you to do this; instead, b’vakasha – please would you do it’. And this, explains the Rebbe, is the true test of Abraham, and indeed of all of us. Religious life cannot be based on mere obedience, or on carrying out G-d’s wishes to the letter only.

It is about discovering what it is that HaShem asks of all of us, beyond the letter of the law. That is a test not only of Abraham, but of all of us.

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WINTER SHABBAT AFTERNOONS MINI-SEUDOT SH’LISHIT http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/winter-shabbat-afternoons-mini-seudot-shlishit-2/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/winter-shabbat-afternoons-mini-seudot-shlishit-2/#comments Sun, 02 Nov 2014 19:11:45 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2495 The winter Shabbat Mini-Seudot Sh’lishit season begins at 4.40 pm in the Sol Cohen Foyer. The Seudah is … Read more

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The winter Shabbat Mini-Seudot Sh’lishit season begins at 4.40 pm in the Sol Cohen Foyer. The Seudah is sponsored by Alan Freedman to
commemorate the Yahrzeit of his father and by the Pearl family to celebrate Joshua’s birthday. Contact the Shul Office about sponsorship
opportunities and/or if you are willing to join a rota to help prepare the Seudot.

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LECH LECHA http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/lech-lecha-3/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/lech-lecha-3/#comments Sun, 02 Nov 2014 19:07:34 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2491 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY GRAHAM SUMMERS

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY GRAHAM SUMMERS

Rashi, discussing G-d’s command to Abraham at the start of today’s Sedrah (Bereishit 12:1) to leave his father’s house and travel to an unknown land, famously says that it was for Abraham’s good and for his benefit (lecha = ‘for yourself’). The following story will help to explain this perhaps somewhat puzzling comment.

The saintly Reb Nachum of Chernobyl (1730-1797) used to devote much effort to the mitzvah of redeeming Jews from captivity (pidyon shevuyim). Unfortunately, one day he was himself thrown into prison, on trumped-up charges – a common occurrence at the time. His cellmate, recognising the great Rabbi, remarked to him that it was a wonderful thing that he (Reb Nachum) had been imprisoned. Reb Nachum could not imagine why anyone would say such a strange thing.

Upon further conversation with his cellmate, the reason for the latter’s comments became apparent. When the Rabbi in future went out collecting money for a prisoner’s release (the cellmate explained), he would understand the horrors of prison and empathise more, having been incarcerated himself. And so this great mitzvah would now be more meaningful and ultimately rewarding.

With this, we can understand Rashi’s comment. The fact that Abraham had to leave his father’s house and his birthplace and wander in the desert to an unknown destination would stand him in good stead. He would surely know first-hand of the trials and tribulations his guests would be facing – thus making his famed hachnasat orchim (kindness to wayfarers) that much more special.

May we always have the zechut (merit) to be able to perform this great mitzvah with all of HaShem’s blessings –on us and our welcome guests.

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HENDON MDA 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER- 14th Dec http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/hendon-mda-10th-anniversary-gala-dinner-14th-dec/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/hendon-mda-10th-anniversary-gala-dinner-14th-dec/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:02:40 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2484 We invite you to join us for our 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Sunday December 14th in the … Read more

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We invite you to join us for our 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Sunday December 14th in the Sol Cohen Hall. Tickets (£60 each) and more information from David, Norma or Stephen. Celebrate with us and support MDA in Israel. Great entertainment and a great evening!

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