Reverend Brodie's thoughts - past and present.

Wed, 28/06/2017


In Chukat, we are told about the passing of the righteous Miriam. Immediately after her death, suddenly there was no water to drink. Water is the ultimate sustainer of life.

Middah Kenneged Middah - Moral Resonance - Measure for Measure.

Miriam was the ultimate creator of life. If not for her, then countless Jewish children would never have been born. Moshe Rabbeinu himself could never have come to life.

Therefore, Miriam is given an alternative name (Divrei Hayamim Alef 2.19)-that of Ephrath, -whose root form is "peru" which means being fruitful- because, the Midrash tells us; "the people of Israel multiplied because of her. (based on Kli Yakar)


Fri, 16/06/2017

 24 But My servant Calev, because he had another spirit within him, and has followed Me fully, him will I bring into the land where he went; and his children shall possess it...

"We pray first and foremost that the spirit that animated Calev and Yehoshua may animate our children. That Torah learning may find a place in their hearts and minds. That the light of Faith and loyalty may radiate from The Land of Israel across the seas to penetrate hearts and minds. That "our children shall indeed possess it. "

Rav Eliyahu Monk

Fri, 09/06/2017

We remember the fish, which we ate in Egypt for free ; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic;

Moses' mission was to help the Israelites create a society that would be the opposite of Egypt, that would liberate instead of oppress, that would dignify, not enslave. That is why the people responded with absurd memories of Egypt - the fish, the cucumbers and the rest. Moses discovered it was easy to take the Israelites out of Egypt but hard to take Egypt out of the Israelites.

Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks

Fri, 02/06/2017

Parashat Naso includes one of the oldest Brachot in the Torah- Birchat Cohanim.

The Cohanim’s Bracha that they say before the actual blessing ends say with the word ‘beahava’ (with love). Therefore the Cohen should not bless the assembled community if there is anyone with whom the Cohen is not at ease or has a dispute or whom the Cohen just does not feel well disposed to.

The Gematria of ‘beahava’ is 15 equals the actual number of words in the Priestly Blessing.

Shalom ends this Bracha so Cohanim above all others should heed the words of Hillel (Perek Avot 1.12) to be like the disciples of Aaron- loving peace, pursuing peace and bringing people closer to Torah.

Shabbat Shalom

Dr Brian Sopher - Netanya

Wed, 24/05/2017

"One of the greatest religious problems is that people fear having a relationship with G-d and consequently distance themselves from Him.

Just as angels serve G-d without fear despite their lower status in comparison to  G-d, so too human beings should take their model (walk amongst them) and not be afraid of developing a relationship with G-d and serving Him.

This represents a wholeness that we as human beings are capable of only if we think of ourselves as walking amongst angels". (Sfas Emes)

Prepared by Dr Paul Abeles


Fri, 19/05/2017

The glory of the world is Eretz Yisrael; the glory of Eretz Yisrael is Yerushalayim; the glory of Yerushalayim is the Holy Temple.
Leshana Haba b’Yerushalayim

Prepared by Miriam & Julian Alper

Fri, 05/05/2017

The Sefas Emes, based on the Zohar, points out that the key statement, “You shall be Holy,” which is in the first instance a command, can also be read as a promise.

In other words, we have here a promise that HaShem can and will help us reach a proper level of sanctity.

Why and how?

Because of His special relationship with Klal Yisroel, each of us has special potential from HaShem – that is we can sanctify ourselves even in this world.

The Sfas Emes takes us even further. Thus, he emphasizes that we can sanctify our lives even though we live our lives in the world of nature.

Fri, 28/04/2017

Rav Soloveitchik teaches the community to see in the rebirth of Israel an invitation by G-d to a new and deeper relationship of love.

We must “open the door” to go out to meet our Beloved (G-d).

We begin to demonstrate our responsiveness to G-d’s invitation to renew the love affair between Israel and G-d by settling the Land and by becoming responsible for the political and economic development of the Jewish state.


Fri, 21/04/2017

 The sons of Aharon ,Nadav and Avihu had good intentions in their actions,but for us ,we should reflect on the idea that what they did "was not commanded"
The Sfat Emes comments,in this context,

"Before performing a mitzvah we say a berachah that contains the phrase, “He has sanctified us through His mitzvot.” We are not sanctified by using our reasoning to arrive at our own conclusions about what is spiritual, but rather by fulfilling G d’s commandments."

Fri, 07/04/2017

 What happened on Shabbat Hagadol?

Shemot 12: 3 Speak to the congregation of Israel, On the tenth day of this month every person shall take a lamb, according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household;

And so they did.

This story teaches us that however passive the Israelites may have been for some of the time, the climax could not have happened without their choice, their action, their faith, their risk.

To progress spiritually, we need to exercise choice, act, have faith and be brave to take a managed risk of moving outside our comfort zone

Rabbi Benjy


Thu, 29/06/17 | 5 Tammuz 5777

 Shabbat Chukat

Shabbat begins at 9:26 pm

Candle lighting is between 7:56 pm and 8:05 pm

Shabbat ends 10:58 pm





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On Thursday 21st July, by an overwhelming majority, the shul agreed to go ahead with the proposed refurbishment.

Thought of the Week - Rev. Brodie

Table Talk - Rabbi Rubenstein

TABLE TALK - Parshayot Nitzavim-Vayelech 5770

I hope the ideas contained below, will provide you with some topics for discussion, at your Shabbos table.

Weekly Halocha - Rabbi Simmonds


1. If you are using your garden on Shabbos ,and want to carry out food furniture toys from the house etc, you must make sure the garden is properly enclosed. Just because it is a private garden does not mean that it is Halachically a “private area” “RESHUS HAYOCHID”. If you are not sure seek competent advice on the issue

2. Climbing up/ on trees or use of a tree house is not permitted on Shabbos.

3. Take care when carrying drinks not to spill any on the soil or grass.