24 Aug 2018

Insights from the S&P Sephardi Community Rabbis on the Parsha Ki Tetze – King Henry’s Yibum This week’s Torah reading is central to one of the greatest controversies in the history of England, the Levirate marriage of King Henry VIII, and Sephardim helped to cast the deciding vote! Yibum,…

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17 Aug 2018

Insights from the S&P Sephardi Community Rabbis on the Parsha Shofetim – Washing Our Hands of Jewish Guilt   One of the few practices that every Jew performs is the ritual washing of hands upon leaving a cemetery (Shulhan Arukh, YD 276:4). The rinsing is meant to spiritually cleanse…

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02 Aug 2018

Insights from the S&P Sephardi Community Rabbis on the Parsha Ekeb – Bendigamos, the Soul of the S&P There is only one Biblically mandated blessing and it appears in this week’s parashah. This singular obligation is to recite Birkat Hamazon, Grace after meals. The verse states: And thou shalt…

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27 Jul 2018

Insights from the S&P Sephardi Community Rabbis on the Parsha Vaethanan: Tu B’Ab – Sephardic Love and Independence The 15th day of the Jewish month of Av is a minor festival called Tu B’Ab. It is considered a joyous day, when in Biblical times young people went out to…

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26 Jul 2018

Beginning in 1818, exactly two centuries ago, many of the West’s first breakaway synagogues were founded. Different motivations guided these moves, including tradition, reform, custom, and location. However, all sparked controversy and division, and each impacted their original local Spanish and Portuguese congregation. This history series looks at these…

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20 Jul 2018

Insights from the S&P Sephardi Community Rabbis on the Parsha Debarim: Travelling the S&P Over the past ten years I’ve visited about fifty sites relating to the history of the S&P. These include historic and living synagogues, cemeteries, schools and locations in Spain and Portugal. To most people, many…

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19 Jun 2018

Beginning in 1818, exactly two centuries ago, many of the West’s first breakaway synagogues were founded. Different motivations guided these moves, including tradition, reform, custom, and location. However, all sparked controversy and division, and each impacted their original local Spanish and Portuguese congregation. This history series looks at these…

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19 Jun 2018

Beginning in 1818, exactly two centuries ago, many of the West’s first breakaway synagogues were founded. Different motivations guided these moves, including tradition, reform, custom, and location. However, all sparked controversy and division, and each impacted their original local Spanish and Portuguese congregation. This history series looks at these…

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19 Jun 2018

Beginning in 1818, exactly two centuries ago, many of the West’s first breakaway synagogues were founded. Different motivations guided these moves, including tradition, reform, custom, and location. However, all sparked controversy and division, and each impacted their original local Spanish and Portuguese congregation. This history series looks at these…

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06 Feb 2018

This series by Rabbi Shalom Morris looks at these remarkable women and their publications from the age of British Romanticism. Lecture 1 – Abigail Lindo Source Sheet Here The Wise Son 1 – Abigail Lindo Lecture 2 – Grace Aguilar Source Sheet Here The wise Son 2 – Grace…

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