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>Two Minutes of Torah: Mishpatim (Exodus 22:20-23:13) – ‘You were strangers…’

>During last year’s General Election, many of us watched as the leaders of the three main political parties participated in three live television debates for the first time. I found it to be compulsive viewing, as we watched the three men vying for the keys to Number 10 Downing Street, debating and disagreeing on the … Continue reading

>My Sermon – 15th January: Preparing for Holocaust Memorial Day

>On the 6th March 2008, Leon Greenman died in a hospital in North London. I am not sure how many people here will have heard of this man. Leon was a regular visitor to the Jewish Museum in London. It was there that I would see him, a very elderly man, walking slowly across the … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Yitro (Exodus 18:24-19:13) – Uniting the Jewish Community

>The often retold Jewish joke suggests that a Jewish man was stranded on a desert island. He was alone there for twenty years until he was finally found and rescued. As he showed his rescuers around the island he came to a building made of palm fronds, coconut shells and woven grass, which he introduced … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Beshallach (Exodus 14:26-15:27) – From Miriam to Debbie

>Music has a tremendous power to move us emotionally and to bring memories and feelings flooding back. Debbie Friedman (z”l)’s Shema has that power over me. No matter where I hear it, and in what context, if I close my eyes, I am sitting in a field, somewhere in Britain, on an RSY-Netzer (Shemesh) summer … Continue reading

>Two Minutes of Torah: Bo (Exodus 11:1-21:10) – Let’s start at the very beginning

>I imagine that most of us have never questioned why the Torah begins with the Book of Bereishit (Genesis) and why the Book of Bereishit begins with the story of creation. After all this book of Torah begins with a very powerful opening line: ‘In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the earth’ (Gen … Continue reading