Sermons

Bo, 8th January 2022 – Mike Frankl

Those of you who have heard me speak before will know that if at all possible I like to put myself in the shoes of the characters involved. Today’s Sedra covers the plagues and the requirement that we remember and recreate Passover eac...

Vayechi, 18th December 2021 – Fred Diamond

This week’s portion, Vayechi, is the last one in Genesis/B’reishit – it so happens I gave a sermon on it just 2 years ago, right before Covid began affecting all our lives.  I spoke then about Jewish identity, partly inspired by K...

Purim blog – Simon Eder

Purim and the UnMasking of False Certainties The philosopher Isaiah Berlin in a 1953 essay contrasted two types of thinker –  the hedgehog and the fox. The hedgehog has one big idea. Everything else is filtered out. The fox conversely h...

Yom Kippur 2020/5781 – Ed Kessler

One day, a travelling circus came to town. Its star was a lion, kept in a cage 30 metres long, 30 metres wide. For hour upon hour each day, the lion paced up-and-down, back and forth. One night, it broke loose from the cage. His escape w...

Sof’tim, 22 August 2020 – Leslie Wheeler

For my sermon today I have chosen two important themes from Parahsha Sof’tim: The guarantee and pursuit of justice within Jewish society The protection and safeguard of trees The pursuit of justice in Jewish society evolves from the in...

Hukkot, 27 June 2020 – Tali Artman

On this last shabbat of pride month I want to talk about people who rarely get a mention in our communities, the people who regardless of their sexual orientation are simply alone. In this parasha we read of the death of Miriam and Aaron...

 Shabbat 20 June 2020 – Simon Eder

This has no doubt been said but no longer does wanting an extra lie in on a Shabbat morning now preclude us from coming to shul and neither is geography an obstacle and of the infinite opportunities now to attend shul all over the planet...

Yom Kippur 2019, Ed Kessler

A Rabbi loved golf so much that one occasion, on Yom Kippur, he left the house early and went out for a quick round by himself, thinking no-one in the community would notice. An angel who happened to be looking on immediately notified Go...

Kol Nidre 2019, Marc Saperstein

How do we learn to cope with the most difficult decisions we will have to make, how do we learn to choose properly at the critical crossroads of our lives? Psychologists tell us that one way is through models – parents, older siblings,...

Parashat Korah, 29th June 2019, Tamar Drukker

Traditionally, Parashat Korah is a popular portion for with those delivering sermons. Rashi’s opening commentary for this parasha is often misquoted to suggest that it must be read accompanied by a sermon. And why is it so popular? There...

Chukkat, 6th July 2019, Leslie Wheeler

The Red Heifer and the purification of tumah We read in (Numbers 19:2) “This is the statute of the law which the Lord has commanded, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer, faultless, wherein is no b...

Niso, 8th June 2019, Tali Artman Partock

Religion without guilt I once more want to visit today the teaching of my Rabbi Shlomo, a man whose understanding of human nature and religion shaped my life. I try to imagine what he would have to say about this week’s parasha, the lo...

The House is On Fire, 27 April 2019, Simon Eder

At a meeting of the college faculty, an angel suddenly appears and tells the head of the philosophy department, “I will grant you whichever of three blessings that you choose: wisdom, beauty or £10million.” Immediately the professor...

Amidah Meditation, 6th April 2019, Mike Frankl

Given that we have had three scrolls today because it is Rosh Chodesh, I am not going to discuss any of the readings today but would just like to say a little about the short meditation at the end of the Amidah. It’s a piece that we almo...

Two new sermons – 5th and 12th January 2019

Bo – Fred Diamond, 12th January 2019 As you’ll have heard, this week’s Parasha, Bo, is building up to one of the main events of Sh’mot, the book of Exodus, namely the Exodus itself. Let me start by plugging the weekly parasha discu...