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TETZAVEH
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TETZAVEH

A ST. JOHN’S WOOD CHEVRA KADDISHA Four years ago, at the height of the covid pandemic, the United Synagogue Burial Society was experiencing a very high volume of burials. At one point, the situation seemed so serious that we were worried we would not have enough tachrichin or shrouds for burials. Fortunately, we were able...

TERUMAH
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TERUMAH

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS The Torah Reading from now till the end of Shemot, deals with the Mishkan or Tabernacle. Let’s make a tour of its essential features. a) Outer Courtyard – Visualise a large open space 100 x 50 cubits (60m x 30m), enclosed by pillars, to which curtains are attached. You enter the Courtyard from...

MISHPATIM
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MISHPATIM

FROM ADVERSITY TO OPPORTUNITY Listen out for the extra section in the Prayer for the King this Shabbat wishing His Majesty well. We pray that King Charles has a Refua Shlema, a speedy recovery from his cancer diagnosis. The King’s openness about his condition has heightened discussion about provision for cancer care in general in...

YITRO
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YITRO

JETHRO’S JOURNEYS Jethro made the long trek from Midian to the Sinai desert, to join his son-in-law and the people of Israel. Not only did he undertake a hard physical journey but a spiritual one too. At the beginning of the parasha we read about: “Jethro, the Priest of Midian, the father-in-law of Moses.” Subsequently,...

BESHALLACH
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BESHALLACH

THE MEANING OF THE LEANING Fast forward 12 weeks from now to Seder night and the youngest child has made it to the last verse of Ma Nishtana: “On all other nights, we eat sitting or leaning, on this night, kulanu mesubin – we all lean” Eating sitting up or leaning – none of us...