Hendon United Synagogue http://www.hendonsynagogue.com Welcome to the the largest and most inclusive shul in Hendon. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:01:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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BLOOD DONOR SESSION – SUNDAY 15TH MARCH http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/blood-donor-session-sunday-15th-march/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/blood-donor-session-sunday-15th-march/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:00:43 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2702 The next Blood Donor Session will be on Sunday 15th March in the Community Centre, 9.30 am – … Read more

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The next Blood Donor Session will be on Sunday 15th March in the Community Centre, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm & 2.00 – 4.00 pm.

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SHUL OFFICE HOURS ON PURIM http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/shul-office-hours-purim/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/shul-office-hours-purim/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:59:55 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2699 The Office will be closed from 12.00 noon on Thursday 5th March.… Read more

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The Office will be closed from 12.00 noon on Thursday 5th March.

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MEN’S SEED ONE-TO-ONE LEARNING – COME AND TRY IT! (Tuesday evenings) http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/mens-seed-one-to-one-learning-it-tuesday-evenings/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/mens-seed-one-to-one-learning-it-tuesday-evenings/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:59:32 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2698 Men’s SEED meets Tuesday evenings, 8.30 – 9.30 pm in the relaxed environment of our beautiful Beth HaMedrash, … Read more

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Men’s SEED meets Tuesday evenings, 8.30 – 9.30 pm in the relaxed environment of our beautiful Beth HaMedrash, and we’d love to welcome new participants! With one-to-one text-based learning on a range of topics (Hebrew reading, Jewish philosophy, prayer, laws of Shabbat & Yom Tov, Ethics of the Fathers and much more) at a pace and level to suit you. Please contact Sam Lyons through the Shul Office and he will be delighted to match you with a suitable tutor.

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TETZAVEH http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/tetzaveh-2/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/tetzaveh-2/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:57:39 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2696 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY AYELET PERSEY – (in memory of her mother Debra Persey)

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY AYELET PERSEY – (in memory of her mother Debra Persey)

At the end of the section of the Sedrah that describes the preparation of the Mishkan, the Torah mentions the Korban Tamid as a sacrifice that is offered twice daily (Shemot 29:39).

R’ Meir Spiegelman points out that this commandment is out of context, as it applies to the everyday happenings in the Mishkan rather than to its building and sanctification; in addition, the Korban is also described in Bamidbar (28:6) as ‘a continual burnt-offering that was brought at Har Sinai’, so does not need to be repeated here.

Rashi on Bamidbar suggests that this mention of ‘Har Sinai’ refers to the giving of the Korban Tamid as part of the dedication process of the Mishkan. This implies that it is a mitzvah that only applies at that time and is not ‘noheig le’dorot’ (applicable to future generations), as Rambam (Maimonides) notes that mitzvot ‘noheig le’dorot’ should not be included in the list of the 613 mitzvot; it is only in Bamidbar that B’nei Yisrael are commanded to bring a Korban Tamid ‘le’dorot’.

However, Ramban (Nachmanides) points out that in Tetzaveh, it says ‘a constant burnt-offering for generations’, i.e. not just for the dedication, as Rashi had suggested. Rashi can be defended using his own words in Devarim, saying: “‘On this day, HaShem commanded (Devarim 26:16)’ – every day you should consider them as new, as if on that day you were commanded to do them.”

Thus even the Korban Tamid, which by its very name implies routine, is not just a representation of consistency but is also a constant reminder of the miracle of Har Sinai and the constant miracle of G-d dwelling among us.

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WINE TASTING – SUNDAY 1ST MARCH http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/wine-tasting-sunday-1st-march/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/wine-tasting-sunday-1st-march/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:55:40 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2691 Join us on Sunday 1st March, 7.30 pm, in the Sol Cohen Hall for a wine tasting evening … Read more

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Join us on Sunday 1st March, 7.30 pm, in the Sol Cohen Hall for a wine tasting evening with fabulous wines from France. Come and sample, with the ability to purchase at good prices, in time for Purim. An event not to be missed!

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TERUMAH http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/terumah-3/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/terumah-3/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:50:28 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2689 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RABBI YISROEL BINSTOCK – Terumah: Desert log-in

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RABBI YISROEL BINSTOCK – Terumah: Desert log-in

Terumah describes the construction of the Mishkan or Tabernacle in the desert. Our commentators discuss where our ancestors might have found the raw materials needed for such an edifice. We know that they left Egypt with great wealth and they acquired even more from spoils washed up on the shores of the Red Sea after the Egyptians had drowned.

One item is particularly perplexing. The walls were made from huge planks of shittim wood, at least 15 feet long. Where would such lumber have from? Rashi, quoting the Midrash, relates the tradition that Jacob foresaw prophetically the need for such timber; knowing that it was unlikely to be found in the desert, he planted trees in Egypt and left instructions for his children to take the wood with them when they left Egypt.

The medieval commentator Abraham ibn Ezra (d. 1164) finds this answer problematic. He says that in his confrontations with Pharaoh, Moses maintained all along that the purpose of the Exodus was to worship G-d for three days in the desert. If the Israelites were to be seen felling trees and preparing to transport giant logs with them, surely this would contradict their claim to be going only for a temporary sojourn? Instead, ibn Ezra suggests, perhaps adjacent to Mt Sinai was woodland and the lumber they needed was felled from there.

R’ Eliezer Ashkenazi, a widely-travelled 16th-century commentator, challenges ibn Ezra’s objections. If the Israelites were going to worship G-d, they would need some structure in which to worship and protection from the hot desert sun. Indeed, travelling slowly with large logs does not indicate a people looking to escape quickly from enemies who might pursue them: had it not been for Jacob’s instructions, the last thing they would have wanted to do was to transport heavy timber with them.

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MISHPATIM: ‘Na’aseh ve-nishma’ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/mishpatim-naaseh-ve-nishma/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/mishpatim-naaseh-ve-nishma/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 19:49:18 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2675 SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY JOSH CAPLIN

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY JOSH CAPLIN

In last week’s Sedrah, Yitro, when G-d bids Moses to inform B’nei Yisrael of the covenant, they respond: ‘All that the L-rd has spoken we will do’ (ibid 19:8). In Mishpatim, Moses informs them of ‘all the L-rd commands and all the rules’ (24:3), and again they proclaim: ‘All the things that the L-rd has commanded we will do.’ Then, later in Mishpatim, they issue the famous declaration ‘na’aseh ve-nishma’ – ‘we will do and we will hear’ (Shemot 24:7).

Why only in the final instance do they pledge their commitment both to do and to hear, whereas in the earlier two instances they pledge only to do?

Rabbi Sacks suggests that while we generally translate ‘nishma’ as ‘we will hear’, the verb sh-m-a can denote understanding rather than hearing. For example, Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to purchase grain and do not realise that the viceroy before them is in fact their brother: ‘They did not know that Joseph understood [ki shome’a Yosef], for there was an interpreter between him and them’ (Bereishit 42:23). Clearly, the Torah here employs the verb sh-m-a in reference to comprehension.

By proclaiming ‘na’aseh ve-nishma’, B’nei Yisrael pledge not only to perform the commandments, but also to apply themselves assiduously to their intricacies. Only after Moses recorded the laws he received could they commit themselves to studying and pondering them. So long as their transmission took place only orally, B’nei Yisrael could pledge obedience, but not scholarship. But with Moses now writing these laws for them, they have a written text to which they can apply themselves and which they can understand to the best of their ability.

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PURIM PARTY- 4th March http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/purim-party-4th-march/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/purim-party-4th-march/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 20:48:56 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2671 Join us on Wednesday 4th March for the Megillah reading in the Main Shul at 6.40 pm, followed … Read more

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Join us on Wednesday 4th March for the Megillah reading in the Main Shul at 6.40 pm, followed by a party and fancy dress parade, with light refreshments

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PRE-PURIM SUPER MITZVAH EXTRAVAGANZA! – SUNDAY 1ST MARCH http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/pre-purim-super-mitzvah-extravaganza-sunday-1st-march/ http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/pre-purim-super-mitzvah-extravaganza-sunday-1st-march/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 20:48:05 +0000 http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2669 Come along from 1.30 pm on Sunday 1st March in the Community Centre for a whole range of … Read more

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Come along from 1.30 pm on Sunday 1st March in the Community Centre for a whole range of fun activities. Make Mishloach Manot, make your own Havdallah kit, plait Challah, learn how to check fruit & veg for bugs, string Tzitzit, learn calligraphy from a Sofer (also with free Mezuzah checking). Admission £3 per person.

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