Hendon United Synagogue Welcome to the the largest and most inclusive shul in Hendon. 2015-07-05T08:47:00Z http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/feed/atom/ mshindler <![CDATA[THE HUS BOOK CLUB- 20th July]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2901 2015-07-05T08:47:00Z 2015-07-05T08:47:00Z The next meeting will be on Monday 20th July, 8.30 pm, when we will discuss the psychological thriller … Read more]]> The next meeting will be on Monday 20th July, 8.30 pm, when we will discuss the psychological thriller ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ by SJ Watson. Copies of the book are available from Tina & Peter Korn.
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mshindler <![CDATA[COMMUNAL SEUDAH SH’LISHIT – SHABBAT 18TH JULY]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2899 2015-07-05T08:45:42Z 2015-07-05T08:45:42Z There will be a communal Seudah Sh’lishit on Shabbat 18th July with highly-acclaimed guest speaker Charles Landau on … Read more]]> There will be a communal Seudah Sh’lishit on Shabbat 18th July with highly-acclaimed guest speaker Charles Landau on ‘Why Should Jews Survive: Looking Past Poland and the Holocaust to a Jewish Future’. Mincha 8.15 pm, Seudah (Sol Cohen Hall) 8.45 pm, Ma’ariv and end of Shabbat 10.09 pm. To sponsor or part-sponsor the Seudah, contact Tamara 8202 6924 tamara@hendonus.org.uk ]]> 0 mshindler <![CDATA[TEA PARTIES- 13th July]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2897 2015-07-05T08:43:44Z 2015-07-05T08:43:44Z Our next monthly tea party for Seniors will take place on Monday 13th July at 2.30 pm.
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Our next monthly tea party for Seniors will take place on Monday 13th July at 2.30 pm.
Volunteers with transport are wanted: Pickup at 2.00pm; take home at 4.00 pm.
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mshindler <![CDATA[NEW MEMBERS EVENING – SUNDAY 12TH JULY]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2895 2015-07-05T08:42:12Z 2015-07-05T08:42:12Z In conjunction with the Hendon Synagogue New Members Committee, chaired by Simon Broomer, Rabbi & Rebbetzen invite all … Read more]]> In conjunction with the Hendon Synagogue New Members Committee, chaired by Simon Broomer, Rabbi & Rebbetzen invite all those who have joined the Shul since July 2013 to an informal evening at their home, on Sunday 12th July, 8.30- 10.15 pm. This is a chance for you to meet one another and our Rabbinic team, together with members of the Executive and Board, and to find out more about the various activities held in and around the Shul– and a chance for us to let you know just how welcome you are as a member of Hendon Synagogue and to say ’thank you’ for choosing join us! Even if you can join us for only part of the evening, we will be delighted to see you! ]]> 0 mshindler <![CDATA[BALAK]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2891 2015-07-05T08:37:40Z 2015-07-05T08:37:40Z SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY STUART ROSENBERG

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY STUART ROSENBERG

The conversation between Bilaam and his donkey occurs after the donkey sees an angel that Bilaam cannot (Bamidbar 22:21 ff). Angry at his donkey for stopping, Bilaam strikes it. HaShem then grants the donkey the ability to speak, and it immediately criticises Bilaam for striking it three times.

The Torah uses the phrase shalosh regalim rather than shalosh peamim, which would seem more accurate. Rashi explains that there was a hidden message to Bilaam in the donkey’s words: how can you attempt to curse a nation that will celebrate the shalosh regalim and visit the Beit Hamikdash three times a year?

Bilaam is described throughout the Sedrah as one who has the ability ‘to see’. He boasts of his vision of prophecy and prides himself in his ability to see what others cannot. One who sees the Glory of HaShem must live up to being scrutinised by Him as well. Although Bilaam reached a high level of prophecy, his conduct in his personal life was less than satisfactory. He was arrogant and constantly sought honour. Our Sages teach that Bilaam did not perceive his lifestyle to be contradictory to his unique status as a prophet.

The Jewish people were chosen to have a unique relationship with HaShem. This closeness peaked three times a year when each Jew visited the Beit Hamikdash on the shalosh regalim. Upon coming to the Beit Hamikdash and witnessing the Divine Presence, a person’s life must be transformed. Bilaam had the ability to see what others could not yet he refused to live a life worthy of being seen by HaShem. We should always strive for standards so that we are worthy of being seen by HaShem.

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mshindler <![CDATA[HENDON SYNAGOGUE MAGAZINE (Rosh Hashanah 5776 issue)]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2883 2015-06-21T11:34:12Z 2015-06-21T11:34:12Z We are now looking for contributions, articles, photos etc. for the Shul Magazine for Rosh Hashanah. Please send … Read more]]> We are now looking for contributions, articles, photos etc. for the Shul Magazine for Rosh Hashanah. Please send all articles and photos to the Shul Office as soon as possible, and before 17th July; all articles should be Word documents and all photos in JPEG format. No PDFs! ]]> 0 mshindler <![CDATA[HENDON MDA- 20th Aug]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2878 2015-06-21T11:29:37Z 2015-06-21T11:29:37Z You are invited to see the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s … Read more]]> You are invited to see the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park on Thursday 20th August (matinee).
Tickets £40 (including travel by coach).
Contact David or Norma via the shul office.
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mshindler <![CDATA[HENDON LADIES’ ROSH CHODESH GROUP- 22nd July]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2876 2015-06-21T11:27:51Z 2015-06-21T11:27:51Z The next meeting will be held at 8.15 pm on Wednesday 22nd July, with guest speaker Doreen Samuels.… Read more]]> The next meeting will be held at 8.15 pm on Wednesday 22nd July, with guest speaker Doreen Samuels. ]]> 0 mshindler <![CDATA[KORACH]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2872 2015-06-21T11:21:17Z 2015-06-21T11:21:17Z SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY JOSH SILVERBLATT (YOUTH LEADER):

Truly Humble (in honour of School Leavers Shabbat) ‘Why do you … Read more

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY JOSH SILVERBLATT (YOUTH LEADER):

Truly Humble (in honour of School Leavers Shabbat) ‘Why do you raise yourself above everyone else?’ (Bamidbar 16:3)  This was Korach’s accusation against Moses. It seems strange that of all the smear campaigns to run against Moses, Korach should claim that this man–described just two Sidrot ago as ‘the humblest of all men on the face of the earth’ (ibid 12:3) –arrogantly raised himself above everyone else.

The Sfat Emet (d. 1905) explains that there are two types of humility:

A person realises that he/she truly excels in a certain area, but does not want to appear arrogant. So this person puts on a ‘humility show’, looking almost embarrassed about his/her success.

Someone else, with the same awareness, realises that just as an ant who is head and shoulders above its fellow ants is nothing when compared to a human, so too, compared to HaShem, his/her greatness is not worth shouting about. So this person sees no needs to put on a show.

Moses was the second type. He felt no need to put on a whole ‘humility show’. He walked around like everyone else and spoke to everyone as if he was one of them.

Korach was the first type. He recognised his strengths and therefore felt he had to put on a show. He really thought Moses was arrogant, as Moses did not put on a similar show.

I consider this perspective on humility to be particularly important for our school leavers. They should know their strengths and be proud of them rather than embarrassed. But they should not view themselves as superior. Rather, as they go out in to the ‘big wide world’, they should think: ‘These are the strengths HaShem has given me: how can I best use them to help the world?

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mshindler <![CDATA[SHELACH LECHA]]> http://www.hendonsynagogue.com/?p=2867 2015-06-14T20:52:15Z 2015-06-14T20:52:15Z SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY BEN KING (to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of his nephew David Regal)

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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY BEN KING (to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of his nephew David Regal)

It appears that in their journey in the wilderness, B’nei Yisrael underwent several processes of maturation. They developed a judicial system, a census and an army; and built the Mishkan (Tabernacle). So it seems reasonable that they should reconnoitre the land of Israel before entry. Furthermore, the plan is ratified by HaShem.

The Torah uses several verbs to describe the instructions and actions of the spies. In today’s Sedrah (Bamidbar 13:2), we read veyaturu (‘and they will tour/search’). When recounting the incident later (Devarim 1:22), Moses uses the word veyachperu (‘and they exposed’). So, was the reconnaissance too intensive? Not necessarily so. R’ SR Hirsch (d. 1888) comments that the spies may have been too focused on the military aspects; the Malbim (d. 1879) suggests that this is the job of a different type of ‘spy’. R’ Hirsch adds that the desired outcome of their mission was an overall assessment of the land and society of Israel. After all, conquest was a Divine certainty.

Nonetheless, most of the twelve spies reflected the mood in the desert – the attitude of complaint about the lack of luxuries such as cucumbers and watermelons after being freed from slavery. As Rashi states, they embarked on their mission with a negative outlook. Only two of them – Joshua and Caleb – could see the bigger picture, as the Netziv (d. 1893) remarks on Caleb’s bringing fruit from Nachal Eshkol.

Rav Kook (d. 1935) viewed this event as a collective failing of Am Yisrael that could be collectively repaired by Am Yisrael, by building and promoting the status of our Holy Land in all her aspects (geographic, agricultural, urban, cultural, social and military) – a goal that we are privileged to seek to achieve in many ways in our present-day situation.

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