Tu Bishvat Shabbat – 11 February

This Shabbat we are celebrating Tu Bishvat – The birthday for trees. This is the time of year when we give thanks to G-D for the nature in the world and the sustenance it provides for us. Following the Shabbat morning service we will be sitting down to a Tu bishvat Seder/kiddush  where we will […]

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Communal Seder

The annual community Seder Night was held on first night of Passover. In spite of it falling on a Shabbat which made organising difficult the seder was a great success. The food was delicious; it was prepared by our Vice Chairman Joan Goldberg and her helpers. The very musical explanation of the festival by our Minister David Rome was very […]

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No Feast On Chanukah

  As we enjoy the Jewish Festival of Light – Chanukah, we can make a comparison with another festival and learn the following lesson. The two most joyous Jewish festivals are arguably Chanukah and Purim, but there is one significant difference between the two. On Purim we are obligated to make a mishteh – a […]

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A Jewish Unity

As we approach the High Holydays, one of the things that often slips our mind is our remaining or even becoming a cohesive nation. We are frequently either so involved with the minutiae of the religion or not involved nearly enough, we forget how Jewish unity enabled us to overcome some of the worst forms […]

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The Miraculous Ten Plagues

Pesach otherwise known as Passover  is the time when Hashem bypassed the houses of the Israelites whilst smiting those containing the Egyptian firstborns. What was so miraculous about the ten plagues? A recent documentary aired on television outlined various scientific theories regarding how and why the plagues were not necessarily miraculous. Let me indulge in […]

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Guarding The Matzah

It is a recognised fact that Jewish people love to argue, sometimes even if no one else is within a twenty mile radius we have been known to argue with ourselves! The Torah describes the Jewish people as ‘Am K’shei Oref hu’ – ‘A stiff necked people’. I would like to mention probably the most […]

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Why Do We Celebrate Shavuot?

Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jews. The Talmud tells us that God gave the Ten Commandments to the Jews on the sixth night of the Hebrew month of Sivan. Shavuot always falls 50 days after the second night of Passover. The 49 days in between are […]

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