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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09 Aug 2018

Insights from the S&P Sephardi Community Rabbis on the Parsha Has the British Labour Party Employed Bilam? Recently, the British Labour Party offended the Jewish Community by adopting a code of conduct on anti-Semitism which Jewish leaders dismissed as “insulting and arrogant.” Labour acted because of widespread and well…

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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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12 Jul 2018

Insights from the S&P Sephardi Community Rabbis on the Parsha Matot Masei: Environmentally Friendly We may not like to think of ourselves as conformists, but there is ample scientific evidence that to some extent, whether we like it or not, we are conditioned by the environment and society we find…

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28 Jun 2018

Please click HERE to read a printable version. Prime Principles Pirke Abot 1:8a A Case Against the Defense Yehuda ben Tabbai says: ‘Don’t be like the lawyers’. More often than not, the job of a lawyer is not to defend the truth, but to plead a case. It is convenient when the…

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21 Jun 2018

The S&P Sephardi Community, together with GESHER, organised a panel discussion about views on Jewish education. The panelists were Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Rabbi Menachem Bombach and Rachel Fink, a Headteacher  at JFS School, and the panel was moderated by Daniel Goldman. You can listen to the full audio recording…

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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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