Hendon United Synagogue Welcome to the the largest and most inclusive shul in Hendon. 2015-01-21T18:10:42Z http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/feed/atom/ mshindler <![CDATA[HENDON CO-ORDINATED CHARITIES ANNUAL SPORTS QUIZ DINNER- 9th Feb]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2640 2015-01-17T20:10:22Z 2015-01-17T20:10:22Z 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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mshindler <![CDATA[TU BISH’VAT – CALLING ALL CHILDREN! 31st Jan]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2639 2015-01-17T20:09:42Z 2015-01-17T20:09:42Z Come and celebrate Tu Bish’vat on Shabbat 31st January in a special Children’s Service, with a special story … Read more

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Come and celebrate Tu Bish’vat on Shabbat 31st January in a special Children’s Service, with a special story for the 4-7’s, fruity Kiddushim and a fruitacular Avos u’Banim after Shabbat!

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mshindler <![CDATA[HENDON SYNAGOGUE MAGAZINE (PESACH 5775 ISSUE)]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2637 2015-01-17T20:08:48Z 2015-01-17T20:08:48Z 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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mshindler <![CDATA[Security Announcement]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2635 2015-01-17T20:07:14Z 2015-01-17T20:07:14Z 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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mshindler <![CDATA[VA’ERA]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2632 2015-01-17T20:06:26Z 2015-01-17T20:06:26Z SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY PERRY BURNS The ‘magic’ of Va’era

Sticks to snakes: Water to blood: frogs from nowhere.… Read more

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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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mshindler <![CDATA[HENDON LADIES’ ROSH CHODESH GROUP- 21st Jan]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2621 2015-01-10T20:06:11Z 2015-01-10T20:06:11Z Join us on Wednesday 21st January with Guest speaker Chava Wulwick: “Getting to the ‘root of the matter’: … Read more

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Join us on Wednesday 21st January with Guest speaker Chava Wulwick: “Getting to the ‘root of the matter’: why do we celebrate the ‘birthday’ of the tree?”

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mshindler <![CDATA[HENDON TEA PARTIES- 19th Jan]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2619 2015-01-10T20:05:05Z 2015-01-10T20:05:05Z Our next monthly tea party for Seniors will take place on Monday 19th January, 2.30 pm. For an … Read more

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Our next monthly tea party for Seniors will take place on Monday 19th January, 2.30 pm. For an invitation, please ring Pat Evans or Miriam Kaye via the shul office. Volunteers with transport are wanted.

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mshindler <![CDATA[HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 2015- 18th Jan]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2617 2015-01-10T20:04:10Z 2015-01-10T20:04:10Z The annual Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony for Barnet will be held on Sunday 18th January at 1.00 pm … Read more

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The annual Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony for Barnet will be held on Sunday 18th January at 1.00 pm in the Atrium of Middlesex University, The Burroughs. Please be seated by 12.45 pm. More information from www.barnet.gov.uk/holocaust / 8359 2652.

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mshindler <![CDATA[SHEMOT]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2615 2015-01-10T20:02:57Z 2015-01-10T20:02:57Z SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY KENNETH BRAND

We learn from the Midrash that one reason why the Jewish people were … Read more

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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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mshindler <![CDATA[CHANGES TO SHUL OFFICE HOURS]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2596 2015-01-03T20:55:05Z 2015-01-03T20:55:05Z The Office will be closed from 12.00 noon on Wednesday 31st December, reopening on Friday 2nd January. It … Read more

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The Office will be closed from 12.00 noon on Wednesday 31st December, reopening on Friday 2nd January. It will also be closed on the morning of Wednesday 7th January, reopening at 1.00 pm.

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