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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


"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


Desert Island Texts - My Grandfather's Forces Prayer Book

I had a piece published in the Jewish News for their Desert Island Texts series (print version here).

Interestingly, my grandfather arranged for Rosh Hashanah services to take place in Devon, supported by a good friend and Rabbi Reinhardt (of the West London Synagogue). 420 more words


Crosspost - Chodesh Elul: God, Moses and Forgiveness

A study of bRosh Hashanah 17b on chinuch.org.uk for Rosh Chodesh Elul:

ויעבר ה’ על פניו ויקרא, אמר רבי יוחנן: אלמלא מקרא כתוב אי אפשר לאומרו, מלמד שנתעטף הקדוש ברוך הוא כשליח צבור, והראה לו למשה סדר תפלה.

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Weather and the Jewish Year

Queentimely wrote in response to a recent post:

I don’t know how many readers you have in the southern hemisphere, but it might interest those in the north to be reminded that it’s actually winter here — cold (in Melbourne terms), blowy and dark early.

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Welcome to the Month of Av

Av (ahv) is the eleventh month of the Hebrew year.

It’s often mentioned as the “unluckiest” or “saddest” month of the year, based on a mention in the Talmud in Taanit 19a: “When we enter Av, our joy is diminished.” 136 more words

Especially For Beginners

Iyyar Tov!

Happy 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… 95 more words

The Jewish Year