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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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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12 Jun 2018

Rabbi Dweck presents a perspective on the age old question: What is the Jewish view on the afterlife?   This event was generously sponsored by the Sephardi Centre.

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08 Jun 2018

Please click HERE to read a printable version. Prime Principles Pirke Abot 1:6 Masters, Comrades and Connections Yehoshua ben Perahia says, ‘Make for yourself a mentor, acquire for yourself a friend and judge every person on a scale of merit.’  We move in this mishna from the environments within which…

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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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