Hendon United Synagogue Welcome to the the largest and most inclusive shul in Hendon. 2014-09-13T19:56:09Z http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/feed/atom/ mshindler <![CDATA[KI TAVO]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2435 2014-09-13T19:52:25Z 2014-09-13T19:52:25Z SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY DAVID & JOSHUA PEARL

Moses instructs the Jewish people (Devarim 27:8) to erect large monoliths … Read more

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY DAVID & JOSHUA PEARL

Moses instructs the Jewish people (Devarim 27:8) to erect large monoliths after crossing the River Jordan into the Land of Israel and to inscribe upon them all the words of the Torah “be’er hetev” – translated variously as “well explained” or (Hertz Chumash) “very plainly”.

What is the message of the words be’er hetev? According to Rashi, it means that the Jewish people were to translate the Torah into 70 languages. Why was this necessary? It can be explained very simply, says R’ Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev (d 1809), based on what Rashi writes on the first verse of the Torah. Rashi asks why the Torah starts with the story of Creation rather than the first mitzvah. He answers that it is to refute the accusations of the nations who say that the Jewish people are stealing the Land of Israel from them.

The Alm-ghty created the world, He is its master and He can take from whomever He chooses and give it to whomsoever He chooses.

The inscriptions on the monoliths were intended to show the nations that the Jewish people earned the right to the Land because they accepted the Torah while the other nations rejected it; and it had to be translated into 70 languages so that all the nations would understand the message.
The implication for us is clear. By continuing to accept the Torah publicly, we can reaffirm to those who seek to deny us the Land of Israel that we have a Divine right to it.

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mshindler <![CDATA[QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION- 20th Sep]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2426 2014-09-06T20:03:05Z 2014-09-06T20:03:05Z On Shabbat 20th September, there will be a Q & A session with Rabbi Ginsbury & Rabbi Binstock … Read more

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On Shabbat 20th September, there will be a Q & A session with Rabbi Ginsbury & Rabbi Binstock at the end of all the Services (approx. 11.45 am), followed by Kiddush. All welcome!

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mshindler <![CDATA[Hendon Tea Parties- 15th Sep]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2424 2014-09-06T20:01:47Z 2014-09-06T20:01:47Z Our next monthly tea party for Seniors will take place on Monday 15th September, 2.30 pm. For an … Read more

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Our next monthly tea party for Seniors will take place on Monday 15th September, 2.30 pm. For an invitation, please ring Pat Evans
or Miriam Kaye . Volunteers with transport are wanted: Pick-up at 2.00 pm; take home at 4.00 pm.

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mshindler <![CDATA[KI TETZE]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2420 2014-09-06T19:58:08Z 2014-09-06T19:58:08Z SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RICHARD HERMAN

(to mark the 1st Yahrzeit of his father Roy Herman, the Bar Mitzvah … Read more

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RICHARD HERMAN

(to mark the 1st Yahrzeit of his father Roy Herman, the Bar Mitzvah of his nephew Joseph Herman and his own Bar Mitzvah anniversary)

B’nei Yisrael stand at the borders of the Land of Israel. We can only imagine their anticipation after 400 years of slavery in Egypt and 40 years of wandering in the desert. We would expect them to be restless, eager to enter the Promised Land and to begin their future as a nation of G-d.

Instead, they would sit and listen to Moses giving them law after law. Ki Tetze alone contains 74 mitzvot, ranging from rules of engaging enemy civilians in wartime to ensuring the accuracy of weighing-scales. Was this the paradise they had been awaiting for centuries? So much to learn, so much to change … In our modern ‘instant’ world, our patience would have been truly tested.

All these mitzvot would, however, prepare them for the new life awaiting them just a short distance away – a life of potential: as has been said, not the ‘Promised Land’ but a land of promise. With the Yamim Noraim now but a few weeks away, we too are waiting at the border … of a new year full of promise. And, as we listen to the leining during Sefer Devarim, with all its detail, we should take the opportunity to prepare ourselves for the future.

We have within each of us the capacity to change and to improve our relationships with our family, friends and the Alm-ghty. We should take inspiration from B’nei Yisrael as they prepared to enter the Land. Don’t expect instant results. G-d is forgiving: don’t be afraid to fail as long as you fail trying and can learn from your mistakes. May we all be granted a year of s’machot, health and happiness.

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mshindler <![CDATA[EMAIL DATABASE – PLEASE HELP US TO HELP YOU!]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2418 2014-08-30T20:43:11Z 2014-08-30T20:43:11Z We are pleased to be able to tell members that we have now reconciled the Shul email database … Read more

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We are pleased to be able to tell members that we have now reconciled the Shul email database with that of the Shul’s membership database. This means that those of you who agreed to receive all communications by email will now do so, saving the Shul a large amount in postage.

It is therefore VERY IMPORTANT that members advise us of any new email addresses so that we can keep the database up to date. Thank you for your co-operation!

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mshindler <![CDATA[SHOFTIM]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2414 2014-08-30T20:40:43Z 2014-08-30T20:40:43Z SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY SARA MOLEMAN (on the occasion of Sara & Jason’s 1st Wedding Anniversary, Rosh Chodesh Ellul)… Read more]]> SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY SARA MOLEMAN (on the occasion of Sara & Jason’s 1st Wedding Anniversary, Rosh Chodesh Ellul)

The Sedrah begins with, and takes its name from, the word shoftim (judges). Moses outlines how the Jewish people must set up their legal systems. We are told “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof” – “Justice, justice you shall pursue” (Devarim 16:20). The word tzedek is repeated, emphasising the importance that HaShem places in the pursuit of justice. Justice alone is not sufficient; we must carry out justice in a just manner. But what does it mean to carry out justice justly?

The Sedrah clearly sets out that we must have unbiased, incorruptible judges and witnesses to make decisions with “righteous judgement” (ibid 16:18). Yet justice is not only reserved for the courts: we are required to judge people favourably in our personal and communal lives (Pirkei Avot 1:6). Even a person who has accidentally killed another may find sanctuary in a city of refuge (Devarim 19:2).

We read this week’s Sedrah on the first Shabbat in Ellul. In Ellul we reflect upon our deeds of the past year in preparation for the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) and HaShem’s judgement of us. As we start this auspicious month, let us take care to judge ourselves and others justly and favourably. By doing so, we can make amends with those around us and perhaps find our own refuge in teshuva.

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mshindler <![CDATA[RE’EH]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2410 2014-08-23T20:19:08Z 2014-08-23T20:19:08Z SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY SHELLEY & NATALIA BERKE (on the occasion of Elliot’s Bar Mitzvah)

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY SHELLEY & NATALIA BERKE (on the occasion of Elliot’s Bar Mitzvah)

Re’eh starts with the concept of choice (Devarim 11:26): “Re-eh anochi noten lifneichem hayom bracha uk’lala” (“See, I am setting before you today [a way to acquire] a blessing or a curse”…). Commentators ask why the verb noten is written in the present tense (“I am setting …”) rather than, as one might expect, the past (“I have set …”).

The Vilna Gaon (1720-97) explains that the Torah uses the present tense to teach us that the choice HaShem has given us between good and evil is not a one-off test. Rather, it should be in our minds every day of our lives as we deal with dilemmas requiring us to choose between different courses of action.

For example, we hear about athletes taking drugs to enhance performance and of politicians being paid to raise questions in Parliament to benefit a particular group. We too face many distractions every day. These can be so tempting that Hillel advised: “Al ta-amin be’atzmecha ad yom motcha” (“Do not believe in yourself [your capacity to resist] until your last day on earth”).

They are precisely what makes life such a challenging experience – but they also show how being a Jew can make things easier; for, without the Torah laws and commandments, we would suffer greatly in a world of temptation.

So it is worth remembering the Vilna Gaon’s words on the use of the continuous tense of the verb noten in order to understand that our lives are continually full of choices.Every day we should respond to HaShem’s will by making the right and noble choices and thereby receive an abundance of blessing.

We hope that, now he has become Bar Mitzvah, Elliot will always strive to make the correct choices in life and B’H we will all receive HaShem’s blessings.

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mshindler <![CDATA[EKEV]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2405 2014-08-16T20:31:57Z 2014-08-16T20:31:57Z SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY DAVID COWAN

Moses tells B’nei Yisrael that they will live a fulfilled and prosperous life … Read more

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY DAVID COWAN

Moses tells B’nei Yisrael that they will live a fulfilled and prosperous life if they keep HaShem’s commandments (Devarim 7:12 ff). They would have no fear of the Canaanites already living in what would become Eretz Yisrael, but as part of its conquest they would have to destroy all forms of Canaanite idol worship. He also reminds them of their earlier acts of rebellion, including the Golden Calf and the spies’ report. Subsequently he also champions their cause by asking HaShem to recall the merits of the Patriarchs; and then returns to Mount Sinai to receive a second set of tablets which are placed in the Ark.

It is in Ekev that we find the second paragraph of the Shema (ibid 11:13-22), following on from the first paragraph last week. There is a major distinction between the two paragraphs; the first is aimed at the individual –Ve’ahavta (“And you [singular] shall love”) – while the second refers to the entire congregation – Vehaya im shamoah tishme’u el mitzvotai (“And it will be if you [plural] listen to My commandments”). Our Sages explain that the most effective way of keeping certain mitzvot is through a group (eg, tefillah [prayer] and limmud [learning]); others, such as those in the first part of the Shema, are to forge a personal connection with HaShem which individuals need to express in their own way. Similarly, reward and punishment are only mentioned in the second paragraph: the incentive of reward can best be achieved through an increase in the number of collective mitzvot.

Just as Moses had told B’nei Yisrael that HaShem required love, fear and observance of the mitzvot, it is equally incumbent on us to continue to reinforce those teachings from generation to generation so that this message can be heard just as clearly today.

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mshindler <![CDATA[SHABBAT UK (24TH / 25TH OCTOBER) – SAVE THE DATE!]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2399 2014-09-13T19:56:09Z 2014-08-10T18:02:52Z A truly ground-breaking initiative, the Chief Rabbi’s Shabbat UK www.shabbatuk.org is about inviting all Jews around the country … Read more

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A truly ground-breaking initiative, the Chief Rabbi’s Shabbat UK www.shabbatuk.org is about inviting all Jews around the country to celebrate Shabbat as they never have before! Everybody can participate, from the most observant to those who may never have experienced the beauty of Shabbat.

Our programme of events at Raleigh Close will be inspirational, uplifting and inclusive, with something special for everyone! We
hope that as many people as possible – young and old, committed and not so committed, members and non-members – will come
and join us for a truly memorable and engaging series of experiences.

On Friday night, we will be holding an enlightening Kabbalat  Shabbat, followed by a special dinner. Shabbat day itself will comprise a communal Shacharit and Musaf service with a spectacular breakfast Kiddush, treats for all the children and the biggest and best Children’s Service ever!

We really want this to be a Shabbat with a difference, and are counting on all of you to bring someone to Shul, and to the dinner – relatives, friends and neighbours that are less involved – so that we can all experience the beauty of Shabbat together. For further
information please contact Tamara in the Office or tamara@hendonus.org.uk.

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mshindler <![CDATA[ELLUL PROGRAMME 5774 – 6th Sep]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2397 2014-09-06T20:04:30Z 2014-08-10T18:01:20Z We are delighted to invite you to our exciting and innovative educational programme during Ellul & Tishrei, being … Read more

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We are delighted to invite you to our exciting and innovative educational programme during Ellul & Tishrei, being held in the Sol Cohen Hall. All are welcome at any or all of these events – admission free!

Shabbat 6th September- Seudah Sh’lishit with Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum (see p1 for details)

Wednesday 10th September, 8.00 pm- Shiur with Rabbi Jonny Hughes: ‘Rosh Hashanah: Living in the Moment’

Wednesday 17th September, 8.00 pm- Address by Rabbi Yisroel Binstock: ‘Pre-Rosh Hashanah —Training for the big day!’

Sunday 21st September, 9.00 – 10.30 am- Tefillah workshop & light breakfast after Shacharit; introductory keynote address by Rabbi MS Ginsbury: ‘Praying more Powerfully’

Monday 22nd September, 7.45 pm- Address by Michael Pollak: ‘I’m not sure G-d heard my prayers this past year – why should I bother this year?’

Shabbat 27th September, 6.30 pm- Shabbat Shuva Drasha with Rabbi MS Ginsbury at 6.30 pm, following Mincha at 6.00 pm in the Main Shul

Wednesday 1st October, 8.00 pm
Aseret Yemei Teshuva Shiur with Dayan Simons

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