16 Apr 2018

AUTHORITY, RESPONSIBILITY, & KNOWING BETTER  Much of the subject matter in this tractate deals with issues with which the modern Jew is generally unfamiliar. It discusses the Jewish people not as a religion, but as a nation governed by the law of Torah. Sitting at the centre of this…

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30 Mar 2018

Pesah 5778: Get With the Times  If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.  — Bruce Lee Time has long been a conundrum for us: do we pass through it or does it pass by us?  Is it different for different…

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27 Mar 2018

Rabbi Joseph Dweck’s Lecture Series in Hendon at LSJS This is a special pre-Pesach shiur ‘The Four Sons and Freedom’   **These classes have been made possible by the generous support of The Sephardi Centre.**

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09 Mar 2018

Please click HERE to read a printable version. Touring the Talmud Aboda Zara 47-54 We continue in the fourth chapter of Aboda Zara, we continue discussing prohibited objects of idol worship. We examine as well, items brought as offerings to an idol and their halakhic status. We explain in this chapter…

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02 Mar 2018

Please click HERE to read a printable version.   The Talmud turns its focus from relationships with idolators and focuses now on the very objects and paraphernalia of idol worship. We are not to gain benefit from any such items and we are to eradicate them from our midst. There are, however,…

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23 Feb 2018

Please click HERE to read a printable version. We continue our discussions of interaction with gentiles and focus on our buying and sharing of food with them and the implications on relationship and intimacy with them. Many restrictions were imposed upon Israel by its Sages in order to uphold integrity of self…

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09 Feb 2018

Touring the Talmud: Aboda Zara 19-25 Paganism is seen as the base mode of humanity in the Talmud. Pagans and idolators are not welcomed into the conscious, moral, human society by its scholars. Not because their religion is different per se, but because they are void of a life…

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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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05 Feb 2018

Touring the Talmud: Aboda Zara 12-18  We continue to examine the nature of idol worship and its place in humanity. We come to find that it has a peculiar connection to promiscuity. The intertwining issues of sex and worship are the subject of our pages this week.  These primal,…

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26 Jan 2018

This week we begin the tractate of Aboda Zara — ‘Foreign Worship’. The premise is simple: it deals with the laws and issues revolving around worshipping anything other than the one, necessary, absolutely primal, omnipotent and omniscient Being we represent in writing with the letters: הוי״ה and verbalise as Adonai – (our Lord)…

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