Tisha B'Av 5773

The Massacre of the Jews at York, 1190

GGS 16/07/13

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.

Praying the Festivals

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?

Topics include:

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

Session 2: Shalosh Regalim 2: Hallel and Musaf Session 3: Yamim Norayim 1: Introduction and Changes to Regular Liturgy
Session 4: Yamim Norayim 2: Rosh HaShanah Amidah and Musaf (1)
Session 5: Yamim Norayim 3: Rosh HaShanah Musaf (2) & (3) & UNetaney Tokef
Session 6: Yamim Norayim 4: Yom Kippur Kol Nidrey and Viduy
Session 7: Yamim Norayim 5: Yom Kippur Amidah, Musaf and Ne'ilah


Shabbat: Prayer and the Soul

A Dynamic Study of Shabbat Tefillot

LSJS Jan – Mar 2013

From the LSJS website:

How do we talk to the God of Creation on the Day of Rest?

This course looks at seven sections of the siddur that we encounter every Shabbat: Who wrote them? Why were they included in the siddur? Do we appreciate and embrace the ideas they contain? Have their meanings changed over time? Are they still relevant?

“The Shabbat is given unto you, not you unto the Shabbat” (Mechilta 31:13).

This course will enable you to get more out of your siddur prayer and develop your appreciation of God’s great gift to us, the Shabbat.

For the course on Yom Tov prayer, click here

Session 1: Introduction and Kiddush

Session 2: Kabbalat Shabbat

Session 3: Friday Night Amidah and Zemirot

Session 4: Shabbat Morning

Session 5: Shabbat Musaf and Lunch

Session 6: Shabbat Minchah and Seudah Shelishit

Session 7: Havdalah and Motzo'ey Shabbat