23rd March 2024, Shabbat Zachor – Mike Frankl

My sermon today has two strands, because, as well as starting to read the Book of Leviticus, it is also Shabbat Zachor and this I have found to be very challenging. Shabbat Zachor, the Shabbat of Remembrance, occurs today because tomorrow is Purim and it has its own special Torah reading from Deuteronomy Chapter 25. This consists of a command … Read More

Parashah Vayakhel – 29th Adar, 9th March 2024 – Leslie Wheeler

Parashah Vayakhel – 29th Adar Whenever I’m invited to provide a sermon I like to explore the Parashah for possible comparisons. Comparisons that can be found in neighbouring cultures during the biblical period. What evidence can be found during the biblical period of the Exodus that compares to the Mishkan? Exodus 12:40 informs us that  “The length of time that … Read More

Sermon 25th Nov 2023 – Parasha Va-yeitzei – Leslie Wheeler

I’d like to address the theme of my sermon today by reading to you those well known lyrics from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” where Tevye, a middle-aged milkman with 5 daughters, asks his wife Golde the following question – “Do you love me?” Golde replies “you’re a fool” Tevye asks again “but do you love me?” to which … Read More

Kol Nidre, 25th September 2023, Worry and doubt – Ed Kessler

Every year in the run-up to the High Holy Days I do what you’d expect me to do: I worry.  Not only because there is too little time to prepare adequately but because the need to decide on the topic of the kol nidrei sermon is agonising.  Not there is any shortage of subjects.  On the contrary, there are too … Read More

Shabbat Shuva, 23rd September 2023 – David Karat

Dear Friends Shabbat Shuva Shalom and Shana Tova Today is the Shabbat of Shuva returning or Tshuva repentance. The first Shabbat of the new year. Traditionally it was one of the two Shabbats on which the Rabbi of the Community would give a Sermon; the other is Shabbat Gadol before Pesach. Well, for reasons which are important to the ethos … Read More

Beshalach, 4th February 2023 – Marc Saperstein

We have listened to the words of our Torah reading from parashat Beshalach, Exodus 14 and 15, in Hebrew and English, and I would imagine that I am not the only one who found some rather strange problems with the words of our parashah, especially the presentation of God. I would like to examine what we should make of some of the … Read More

Lech Lecha, 5th November 2022 – Martin Cahn

When I was presented with this parsha as a basis for my sermon, I began to ask myself what should I comment on. This is the story of the wanderings of Abram and his family, Sarai, his nephew Lot and Sarai’s maidservant and later Abram’s concubine Hagar. There were many rabbinic interpretations which go into the detail of the reported … Read More

Kol Nidre 2022, Rab Eizik’s Treasure – Marc Saperstein

Rabbi Shneuer Zalman of Liadi, the founder of the Chasidic sect known as Chabad, was once thrown in jail by the Russian government because of the slander of an informer. While awaiting trial, he was visited by the chief jailer. Impressed by the appearance of the rabbi, the jailer began to question him about biblical passages he had not understood. … Read More