Parashat Balak 5776

A few years ago I made attempts to drive at home in Wales. Driving in the UK was a step outside my comfort zone, having grown up in the United States where I learned to drive on the right side—right-hand side—of the road. I lived in perpetual fear of entering … Read More

Parashat Chukkat 5776

The latter two of the three chapters that make up this week’s Torah portion of Chukkat contain a series of troubling episodes that seem destined to offer nothing but trouble to our ancestors on their journey through the wilderness. In no particular order they are as follows. The people are … Read More

[Sermon] What makes a siddur ‘Liberal’?

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah 2 July 2016 What makes a siddur ‘Liberal’? Having published several siddurim for over 100 years, Liberal Judaism in Britain can readily provide answers to this question. Our first answer emerges from the simple fact that LJ has published several siddurim – or to be more … Read More

[Sermon] Two thousand years of Jewish prayer in two hours

Rabbi Pete Tobias 2 July 2016 Liberal Judaism biennial conferences have a reputation of being rather breathless and exciting, but I think the opportunity to encounter more than two thousand years’ worth of how our people have prayed through the ages adds a new dimension to that. I hope you … Read More

[Sermon] Shelach Lecha 5776 – Brexit

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein 25 June 2016 Bnot Mitzvah – Joelle and Taylor Langer Demonstrating a deft skill for political irony and poetic justice, the Israelite people who spurned 40 days worth of expert evidence that the Promised Land was good and plentiful1 were punished with 40 years bemidbar, in the … Read More

Children who followed their fathers into the pulpit

Rosa Doherty 16 June 2016 The Jewish Chronicle   Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein and his son Rabbi Aaron Goldstein feature in a Father’s Day piece which talks to three families where children have followed their fathers into the pulpit and become rabbis – the other families featured are; Rabbi Yisroel … Read More

Parashat Naso 5776

Of blessings and prayers The Chavurah in Crouch End has developed an interesting bnei mitzvah ritual; at the end of the Torah service, after the student has read their portion and explained it, and are finally breathing again, we ask them to come once again before community. Standing in a … Read More