Hendon United Synagogue http://www.hendonsynagogue.com Welcome to the the largest and most inclusive shul in Hendon. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:56:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 COMMUNAL KASHERING OF VESSELS FOR USE ON PESACH- Sunday 29th March http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/communal-kashering-vessels-pesach-sunday-29th-march/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/communal-kashering-vessels-pesach-sunday-29th-march/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:54:59 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2743 29th March, 3.00 – 5.00 pm in the Community Centre kitchens, we are again offering a kashering service, … Read more

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29th March, 3.00 – 5.00 pm in the Community Centre kitchens, we are again offering a kashering service, under Rabbi Ginsbury’s and Rabbi Binstock’s personal supervision, for anyone wishing to make chametz vessels kosher l’Pesach.

Only one-piece, plain-design metal cutlery, Kiddush cups and saucepans can be kashered, subject to the Rabbi’s approval.

Items must be spotlessly clean and not have been used for hot chametz during the previous 24 hours. For safety reasons, with boiling water being used to kasher items, small children should not be brought to this event.

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SHABBAT AFTERNOON SHIURIM FOR WOMEN AT NER from 25th April http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/shabbat-afternoon-shiurim-women-ner-25th-april/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/shabbat-afternoon-shiurim-women-ner-25th-april/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:48:51 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2741 Weekly through the summer from Shabbat 25th April (Tazria-Metzora), 6.30 – 7.30 pm. A joint project by Hendon … Read more

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Weekly through the summer from Shabbat 25th April (Tazria-Metzora), 6.30 – 7.30 pm. A joint project by Hendon US & Ner Yisrael. More details to follow.

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VAYIKRA http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/vayikra-3/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/vayikra-3/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:47:44 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2739 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY SANDY LITTMAN

If you wish, bring an animal – an ox – follow the procedure, … Read more

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY SANDY LITTMAN

If you wish, bring an animal – an ox – follow the procedure, and the outcome is ‘isheh rei’ach nicho’ach l’HaShem’, ‘a fire-offering, a satisfying aroma [ArtScroll translation] to HaShem’ (Vayikra 1:9 and passim).

Vayikra begins with instructions for voluntary offerings, moving from oxen to sheep and goats, then birds, and finally flour – mincha offerings of various types. Time and again the details are followed by the phrase ‘a satisfying aroma…’; this repetition indicates that it is not what is brought that is of the essence, but rather the individual’s intention and motivation in bringing it to HaShem.

Whenever ‘a satisfying aroma’ occurs, Rashi explains it as nachat ru’ach (‘the soul’s/spirit’s repose’). The prophet Ezekiel uses the same phrase (Ezekiel 20:41), which the Malbim (d. 1879) explains: ‘The rei’ach nicho’ach will not be from the korbanot. Rather, I will desire you yourselves [Israel] as a pleasing aroma, nachat ru’ach, before Me.’ In other words, Israel’s intention, words and actions themselves bring nachat to G-d.

Nachat is one of those hard-to-define Hebrew-Yiddish concepts with which we’re all familiar. It refers to that sense of pleasure and pride that comes (most frequently) from children and grandchildren doing the right thing, achieving through hard work and ability, when we see them ‘being a mensch’, with their feet on the right path in life – by their own choice, through our guidance.

After the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), the first directions given to Israel tell the individual who wants to draw near to G-d what to do. Through this voluntary act, we can – as it were – give nachat to HaShem.

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PURIM 5775 MATANOT LE’EVYONIM COLLECTIONS http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/purim-5775-matanot-leevyonim-collections/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/purim-5775-matanot-leevyonim-collections/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 08:38:53 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2728 A magnificent response – thank you to all who supported this collective effort! Thanks to the wonderfully generous … Read more

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A magnificent response – thank you to all who supported this collective effort! Thanks to the wonderfully generous response of those attending our various Purim Minyanim we raised the total of £3,026.33, our largest ever and an increase of nearly £300 on last year! The sums raised were all distributed to needy individuals on Purim itself, as required in order to fulfil the special Purim-day mitzvah of Matanot La’evyonim, as follows:

  1. Direct support to local needy families: £900
  2. WST Charity (supporting local needy families in Hendon and Golders Green): £1,026.33
  3. Yad Kaliv, Jerusalem (directly supporting needy families in Jerusalem): £500
  4. North London HTVC Charity Fund (directly supporting needy families in North London & long-time beneficiary of the Shul Purim appeal): £300
  5. Donations distributed to various collectors: £300 Many thanks to all involved and looking forward to sharing many more !togethe
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SALE OF CHAMETZ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/sale-chametz-4/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/sale-chametz-4/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 08:37:36 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2726 Rabbi Ginsbury will be available for the sale of chametz from Sunday 22rd March: – Sunday, Monday & … Read more

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Rabbi Ginsbury will be available for the sale of chametz from Sunday 22rd March: – Sunday, Monday & Friday mornings at the Shul Office: 10.00 – 11.30 am – Monday & Thursday evenings at home (31 Green Walk): 9.30 – 10.30 pm. If these times are inconvenient or you have any queries, please contact the Rabbi (8202 5514 / rabbiginsbury@hendonus.org.uk).

POINTERS FOR FOOD PREPARATION

Please remember:

  • To attend to the sale of your chametz (see details above)
  • To clear all chametz from your seats in Shul, workplace and all areas at home which are not being included in the document of sale.
  • To check that all foodstuffs are kosher I’Pesach and make your kitchen completely Pesachdik before starting Pesach cooking and baking.
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PARSHAT PARAH http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/parshat-parah-2/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/parshat-parah-2/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 08:35:14 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2724 MAFTIR REFLECTIONS BY COLIN SAVERY

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MAFTIR REFLECTIONS BY COLIN SAVERY

This week’s special Maftir for Shabbat Parah, taken from the Sedrah of Chukkat, starts with the words Zot Chukat HaTorah – ‘this is the statute of the Torah’ (Bamidbar 19:7). Rashi tells us that, as the Parah Adumah (Red Heifer) is a chok (statute) – the type of commandment for which no reason is given – we should not question it. At first sight, this is a very strange comment, particularly for Rashi, who never stops asking questions about verses in the Torah (and answering them).

By way of explanation, the Vilna Gaon (d. 1797) refers to the Mishnah (Shabbat 1:3) which states that one may not read by candlelight on Shabbat, but does not give a reason. However, the Talmud (Shabbat 12b) explains that it is out of concern that, should the light flicker, one may come to tamper with the wick. The Talmud goes on to relate the story of R’ Yishmael, who thought he would be able to read without tampering with the wick. He read by candlelight, inadvertently touched the wick when the flame flickered and then declared, ‘How great are the words of the Chachamim [Sages]’.

The Vilna Gaon tells us that, when R’ Yishmael first learned this Mishnah, he wondered why the Chachamim had not given an explanation for their ruling. However, after reasoning that he was able to take the risk and was then still unable to prevent himself touching the wick, he realised how right they were not to offer any explanation in the Mishnah.

This, says the Vilna Gaon, helps us to understand Rashi’s comment on Chukkat. Of course, one may ask questions and try to understand the rationale for commandments. However, one may not use one’s reasoning to justify not following faithfully the laws prescribed by the Torah.

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SHABBAT HAGADOL DRASHA 28th March http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/shabbat-hagadol-drasha-28th-march/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/shabbat-hagadol-drasha-28th-march/#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2015 20:58:12 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2716 Rabbi Ginsbury’s Shabbat HaGadol Drasha will take place after Mincha on Shabbat 28th March. All welcome! Further details … Read more

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Rabbi Ginsbury’s Shabbat HaGadol Drasha will take place after Mincha on Shabbat 28th March. All welcome! Further details to follow.

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PRE-PESACH EDUCATIONAL EVENING 23rd March http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/pre-pesach-educational-evening-23rd-march/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/pre-pesach-educational-evening-23rd-march/#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2015 20:56:55 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2714 Be inspired by our PRE-PESACH EDUCATIONAL EVENING with something for everyone… Monday 23rd March, 8.00 pm in the … Read more

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Be inspired by our PRE-PESACH EDUCATIONAL EVENING with something for everyone… Monday 23rd March, 8.00 pm in the Sol Cohen Hall, with sought-after lecturer Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum (Dean, LSJS) as keynote guest speaker.

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KI TISSA http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/ki-tissa-3/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/ki-tissa-3/#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2015 20:54:00 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2710 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RABBI JONNY HUGHES —  (in honour of Chaim Stanton’s Bar Mitzvah): The Drop of Ink… Read more]]> SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RABBI JONNY HUGHES —  (in honour of Chaim Stanton’s Bar Mitzvah): The Drop of Ink

The crass myth that Jews possess horns may derive from this week’s Sedrah.

The Yalkut cites R’ Yehuda ben Nachman, who states that the kirun ohr (horn-like ray of light) that emanated from Moses’ face (Shemot 34:35) stemmed from the drop of ink left on the quill after he finished transcribing the Torah. This ink ended up on Moses’ face and morphed into beams of light. What on earth is this supposed to mean?

The K’tav Sofer (d. 1871) explains that the Sages are telling us that not everything in Torah can be contained within the text. There are secrets and mysteries that were never concretised into writing. These are represented here by the leftover ink that never made it onto paper. Even Moses, who learned Torah directly from HaShem, wasn’t privy to the immediate decrypting of these enigmas. When he covered his shining face with a mask, he was concealing these secrets behind a veil, indicating that only those who would invest the time and diligence to dig deeper would discover them.

This concept applies to Torah study in general. It cannot always be reduced to a series of logical steps or a precise mathematical formula that can be mapped out in black and white. A ‘feel’ for a Torah nuance, for whether an interpretation is too narrow or too broad, for how preexisting rules apply to a new situation, or for what the true ‘spirit of the law’ – this is something that a seasoned scholar has in his ‘kishkes’. Such wisdom can only be obtained after the experience of a lifetime of immersion in Torah thought.

Let us celebrate our Torah’s infinity and cherish those who bask in its light!

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COMMUNAL 2ND NIGHT SEDER (MOTZAEI SHABBAT 4TH APRIL) http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/communal-2nd-night-seder-motzaei-shabbat-4th-april/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/communal-2nd-night-seder-motzaei-shabbat-4th-april/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:01:39 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2704 We are delighted to be holding a communal 2nd night Seder this year, Motzaei Shabbat 4th April. £35 … Read more

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We are delighted to be holding a communal 2nd night Seder this year, Motzaei Shabbat 4th April. £35 adult, £17.50 child. Booking available through the Office on 8202 6924. Full details to follow in coming weeks.

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