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From Gatekeepers to Legators - משומרים למורישים

A slightly unedited sermon for this Shabbat:

A very warm welcome to all those gathered here for the celebrations of a very special baby and all our members, visitors and friends in our sanctuary and joining us on line. 2,268 more words

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Forty Years Later - Beyond the Olden Days (sermon for Parashat Chukkat)

About 14 years ago when I was still a student rabbi I would frequently go to a university friend’s school, where she was a teacher, and talk to the children in the primary school about Judaism. 1,673 more words

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Isaiah's prophecies: Jesus, Paul, and the first century church read the Torah & Haftarah

As you can see in the chart above, the book of Isaiah is divided up by most people into roughly two categories. Chapters 1-40:1 are judgments and chapters 40:1-66 are called the prophecies of comfort on this chart from Thomas Nelson, Inc. 355 more words

Zecher le'aggadah - Memory and dispossession of the dream

My stream of consciousness on these days as I listened to this song walking through London:

There are some days when we feel like outsiders. For me, Yom Hazikaron is one of those days in Israel. 744 more words

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Happy Iyyar!

Sundown tonight will begin Rosh Chodesh Iyyar.

If you are thinking “What’s Rosh Chodesh?” <– click the link

Iyyar is the eighth month of the Jewish year, counting from… 90 more words

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Open Judaism: Challenges and Opportunities (and a JPR report too)

Sermon for Rosh Hashanah 5775

Shanah Tovah and welcome to all friends, families, members and visitors. Once again it is a delight to be able to spend Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as a community in our synagogue and to share it with the seats full and our choirs singing so melodiously. 2,330 more words

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"Why and What" or Thoughts on transmission of Liberal Judaism and the question of why be Jewish

This is my Rabbi’s word for the LJS October 2014 Newsletter:

Recently I have spent quite some considerable time thinking about the transmission of Liberal Judaism from one generation to the next. 1,103 more words

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