The Slippery Slope: Rules upon Rules
To be delivered at GGS after Minchah (6.45pm) , Shabbat Shuvah 5774
The Massacre of the Jews at York, 1190
From the GGS Website
In 1190, early in the reign of Richard I, fuelled by Crusade fervour and unpaid debts to Jewish money-lenders, anti-Jewish rioting broke out in York. The local Jewish community took refuge in the wooden keep of the royal castle on the night of Shabbat HaGadol. As matters worsened, Yom Tov of Joigny, a famous rabbi and their spiritual leader, advocated suicide rather than face the impending pogrom...
In this presentation, Rabbi Belovski will examine the background to the Clifford’s Tower massacre in Jewish, liturgical and historical sources, and consider its ramifications for English Jewry.
Rabbi Yishmael vs. Rabbi Akiva, based on sources in Professor A.J. Heschel’s work
LSJS April - May 2013
A Dynamic Study of Yom Tov Tefillot
LSJS Apr-Jun 2013
From the LSJS website:
WHAT DO YOU SAY TO GOD ON THE JEWISH HOLIDAYS AND WHY?
This course looks at central prayers that we say on Jewish festivals: Who wrote them? Why were they included in the Machzor? Do we appreciate and embrace the ideas they contain? Have their meanings changed over time? Are they still relevant?
The structure of the Amidah for Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot
Prayers and home rituals unique to these festivals
The complex structure of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services
The nature of key prayers during these days
This course will enable you to get more out of your Machzor and develop your appreciation of each of the festivals.
And with Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur coming so early in the calendar this year, this course will also prepare you for these High Holy Days.
For the course on Shabbat prayer click here
Session 1: Shalosh Regalim 1: Kiddush and Amidah
Ibn Ezra's Torah Commentary: Textual Fidelity, Interpretative Brilliance and Grammatical Triumph
JLE Apr - Jul 2013
Sessions 1-2: Introduction
Making the Move to Posthaven
I mentioned here that I've been moving my websites to the new Posthaven platform, as Posterous will be shutting down shortly. This website has now also migrated to Posthaven. The process has been a pleasure and the founders have continued to be helpful and responsive.
Some features, like static page editing are still to be implemented, so if this website looks a little odd or some of the links down the side don't quite work, please bear with me - it'll all be sorted out over the coming weeks. They've just implemented audio and file posting and it's getting better all the time.
I remain confident that Posthaven is a great match for my needs.