Hendon United Synagogue http://www.hendonsynagogue.com Welcome to the the largest and most inclusive shul in Hendon. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:17:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 HENDON MDA – THEATRE TRIP- 11th Sep http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/hendon-mda-theatre-trip-11th-sep/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/hendon-mda-theatre-trip-11th-sep/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:17:12 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2371 Hendon MDA invites you to see ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre on … Read more

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Hendon MDA invites you to see ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre on Thursday 11th September (2.15 pm performance). Tickets £40. Coach leaves Hendon 12.00 pm and returns at 6.00 pm. To support MDA Israel and for an enjoyable afternoon, please phone David, Norma or Stephen via the shul office.

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BRIDGE http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/bridge-2/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/bridge-2/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:13:12 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2367 MONDAYS 1.00 pm in the AVIVA HARDMAN HALL.
Bridge on 28th July and 4th August will take place … Read more

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MONDAYS 1.00 pm in the AVIVA HARDMAN HALL.
Bridge on 28th July and 4th August will take place in the Sol Cohen Foyer

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Security Status Update http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/security-status-update/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/security-status-update/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:12:10 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2365 In view of the current situation in Israel, the Security Team Leaders are moving to a higher alert … Read more

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In view of the current situation in Israel, the Security Team Leaders are moving to a higher alert status and have personally agreed to do two shifts of 2 hours each every five weeks over the summer. They are committed to your safety — please show your commitment by willingly doing your allocated 30 minute shift. If you don’t know when your shift is, or want to volunteer to join the rota or do extra shifts, email the Office (admin@hendonus.org.uk).

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MASSEI http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/massei/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/massei/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:05:53 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2361 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RABBI MS GINSBURY

Towards the end of today’s Sedrah (Bamidbar 35; 9-28) we read how … Read more

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RABBI MS GINSBURY

Towards the end of today’s Sedrah (Bamidbar 35; 9-28) we read how a person who commits a non-intentional act of murder has to spend time dwelling in one of the ‘Arei Miklat’, Levitical cities of refuge, until the death of the Kohen Gadol.

The Abarbanel (d.1508) wonders as to the connection between the Kohen Gadol’s death and the release of such murderers from their confinement. The Rosh (d.1327) wonders as to the significantly different – almost apparently random – lengths of ‘sentence’ that different non-intentional murderers would serve.

Abarbanel answers that the Kohen Gadol’s death would serve to calm the feelings of the ‘Go’el Hadam’ (murder victim’s close relative), thus making it safe for the unfortunate murderer to leave the city of refuge. If even the holy Kohen HaGadol cannot live forever, the Go’el Hadam will think, then I have to accept that my relative’s ‘time had come’ and relax my vengeful intent towards the one who apparently caused his demise.

The Rosh explains that the sentence depended on the level of ‘nonintent’. Some murderers would seem to serve minimal sentences, if their exile began just before the Kohen Gadol’s death; others might languish for years. Only G-d can truly know the degree of intent; making the length of sentence contingent on the Kohen Gadol’s death – something in the hands of HaShem alone -meant that the whole process from act of murder till release from the Arei Miklat was in the hands of HaShem, Who alone can perfectly calibrate action, consequence, confinement and release therefrom.

As we proceed through the Three Weeks and agonise over Israel’s current difficulties, may HaShem extend mercy to us, helping us to dispel any negative thoughts and unjust intents and thereby find us worthy of being released from our current troubles and constraints.

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WELCOME DESK – CAN YOU HELP? http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/desk-help/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/desk-help/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:35:22 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2355 Seeking helpers for our new ‘Welcome Desk’ initiative! The idea is to greet visitors and generally assist members … Read more

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Seeking helpers for our new ‘Welcome Desk’ initiative! The idea is to greet visitors and generally assist members on Shabbat and Yom Tov mornings when there are room changes. Please contact Lisa via the Shul Office to join the rota for upcoming s’machot and the Chagim.

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ROSH HASHANA MAGAZINE — ARTICLES & ADVERTS DEADLINE 25th JULY http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/rosh-hashana-magazine-articles-adverts-deadline-25th-july/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/rosh-hashana-magazine-articles-adverts-deadline-25th-july/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:34:47 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2353 To place a New Year Greeting in the magazine, please complete and return the form (previously circulated) with … Read more

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To place a New Year Greeting in the magazine, please complete and return the form (previously circulated) with your payment to the Shul Office.

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YIZKOR BOOKS http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/yizkor-books-2/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/yizkor-books-2/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:34:06 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2348 The 2014-5/5775 Yizkor Book is currently being put together. Completed forms must be returned to the Office no … Read more

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The 2014-5/5775 Yizkor Book is currently being put together. Completed forms must be returned to the Office no later than 31st July. Any received after that date will NOT be included. Copies of the 2013-4/5774 edition are now available from the Shul Office.

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MATTOT http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/mattot/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/mattot/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:29:13 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2344 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY DAVID BERKE (on the occasion of Elliot’s Bar Mitzvah)

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY DAVID BERKE (on the occasion of Elliot’s Bar Mitzvah)

Unusually, Mattot mentions only the heads of the tribes of Israel as being those to whom Moses gave the laws of obligations and revocations of vows (Bamidbar 30:1 ff). By contrast, in Ki Tissa (Rashi on Shemot 34:32), Moses taught Aaron, Aaron’s children, the tribal elders and then all of Israel. So what is different here?

Rashi explains that that Moses gave honour to the elders and leaders because of their role in the governing of vows. It was they who were considered as experts, able to make a judgement on the annulment of a vow by deciding, for example, whether it was made under duress or fear. Only when no such expert was available could this decision be made by ordinary people. The Torah names the tribal heads to exemplify the importance of a leader’s commitment.

Those who handle the greatest responsibility for the needs of those whom they lead should be the ones who transmit the laws.Later in the Sedrah, the tribes of Reuven and Gad appear to refuse to cross the Jordan to enter Eretz Yisrael (Bamidbar 32:5). Moses was upset with their stance: it could have caused a serious downturn in B’nei Yisrael’s morale. From this we should learn always to consider the wider implications of our actions upon others.

After negotiation, the two tribes agree to join their brethren to conquer the land of Israel with the intention of returning to the east side of the Jordan, stating: “We will build pens for our livestock and homes for our children”.

Although Moses was pleased with their agreement to fight, he switched the order of their words – “Build cities for your children and then pens for your livestock” – recognising that the values of family should take priority over finance, a relevant lesson for today’s busy lifestyle.

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PINCHAS http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/pinchas-2/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/pinchas-2/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:04:46 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2336 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY JASON MOLEMAN (on the occasion of Yehoshua’s Bar Mitzvah)

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY JASON MOLEMAN (on the occasion of Yehoshua’s Bar Mitzvah)

At the start of the Sedrah, HaShem commends Pinchas for executing Zimri ben Salu, a prince from the tribe of Shimon, and Cozbi bat Tzur, a Midianite princess, for their public act of immorality. In his zealous action l’shem shamayim (in the name of Heaven), Pinchas was not deterred by their high status.

Rav Moshe Feinstein zt’l (d 1986) observes that Zimri is not named at the end of the previous Sedrah, where the sin is recounted, but only now after he and Cozbi have been killed. He suggests that on knowing his identity, people initially might be enticed to sin, emulating Zimri on account of his stature. However, once Zimri had been executed, the Torah names him so that, by contemplating that even such a great person did not escape punishment, the people would be strongly deterred from copying his behaviour.

Later in the Sedrah, Moses is commanded to view the land, and HaShem confirms that Moses himself will not enter it, on account of his error in striking the rock rather than speaking to it as commanded (Bamidbar 27:12-14, referring back to 20:9-13). Then Moses requests that someone be appointed to lead the people after his death; Rashi comments that Moses imagined his sons might succeed him, but HaShem instructed that Joshua (Yehoshua) be his successor. Although Moses’ sons were also learned, Joshua
was preferred on account of his great love of Torah and diligence in learning and attending to Moses.

Thus we learn that privileged position does not entitle us to be lax in our behaviour – on the contrary, the Torah holds great people to a higher standard. We should strive to grow in ways befitting greatness, and can be inspired by Joshua, who achieved leadership on account of his own efforts.

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BALAK http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/balak-2/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/balak-2/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:10:39 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2318 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY TANYA WHITE (on the occasion of her brother Natan Wiesenberg’s Aufruf)

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY TANYA WHITE (on the occasion of her brother Natan Wiesenberg’s Aufruf)

The motif of speech features prominently through the book of Bamidbar and highlights B’nei Yisrael’s movement from a people who murmur, cry and complain to a people who have learnt to articulate themselves. There are many parallels between the experiences of the first and second generations.

In this week’s Sedrah, we see an uncanny parallel, both linguistically and thematically, between Balak and Pharaoh. They describe the Jewish people in the same way (see Shemot 1:9-12, Bamidbar 22:3, Joshua 13:22); each employs some kind of agician/sorcerer to fight against them; and each believes that he can beat their G-d. Each, of course, fails. The difference between them, however, is that while Pharaoh uses magicians who fight by employing ‘signs’ and ‘miracles’, Balak hires a sorcerer who will utilise instead the power of speech. In both instances, G-d uses the enemy’s own method to beat him, in Egypt through signs and wonders and here through the subtlety of speech.

Why the differences? Because each generation mandated a different approach. Whilst the first generation were passive players, slaves – almost like children that needed to be convinced and persuaded through wonders – the second generation have grown up, learning to relate to G-d through speech and not constant revelation. They no longer require open miracles; they understand the nuance of language, the power of blessing and curses. They are a generation whose strength lies in the natural abilities of man and not necessarily the supernatural actions of G-d.

And yet man can become overwhelmed with his own success and grandeur, so G-d reminds the people that whilst they will fight their enemies through the sword and build a nation through the sweat of their brow, ultimately G-d is the one who dictates their destiny. So use the power of your human strengths to create blessing and good rather than corruption and evil.

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