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Eshet Chayil

Submitted by rabbidanny on 25 February 2014 - 10:35pm

Below are two recordings of Eshet Chayil (concluding chapter of Proverbs written as an acrostic of the Aleph Bet) that we traditionally sing on Friday nights in honour of Jewish women. According to Jewish mystical tradition this poem is a reference to teh 'Shabbat queen', the soul mate of the Jewish people.

Most of us know this famous melody  which si sung at Chuppahs as well as at every Pinner Bat Mitzva.

But most are not aware of its orgin. 

Address at the Harrow Council Chambers on Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

Submitted by rabbidanny on 29 January 2014 - 10:09pm

Madam Mayor, Alderman Toms, Councillors and honoured Harrow guests

Life is a Journey. This idea rings true for so many of us.

In fact it is one of the foundational ideas at the heart of Judaism and of all people of faith.

Life is a journey because life is meaningful and purposeful

Life is purposeful because we believe in a purposeful Creator who created this world as an expression of His love.

We do not believe that life is a random sequence of events of no intrinsic value.

Kaddish – Jacob’s Prayer

Submitted by rabbidanny on 21 June 2013 - 11:33am

Yehei Shemei Rabbah Mevarach Le’olam Le’olmei Almaya”  - “May the Great Name be blessed forever and ever”.

These Aramaic words which are said in the middle of the Kaddish prayer are actually the very essence of the Kaddish. They serve as a response to the introductory words which were added at the time of the sealing of the Talmud (circa 500 C.E)


[Art above:  Kaddish after finishing a tractate of Talmud by David Wolk  - oil on canvas]

There is a very  similar phrase  in Hebrew which we recite throughout the year in an undertone after the first verse of the Shema. That is: “Baruch Shem Kevod Malchuto Le’olam Va’ed”- May the name of the Glory of His Kingship be blessed forever and ever.  

The story behind the origin of this phrase is recorded in the Talmud (Pesachim 56a) in the name of the 3rd century Talmudic sage Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish ...

The Perfectly Warm Soup

Submitted by anna on 29 May 2013 - 2:14pm

 Yom Tov provides us with opportunities throughout the year to experience and     ‘perfect’ a certain aspect of our spiritual persona. For example, Pesach is a chance  to experience a spiritual freedom, Shavuot a renewed commitment to Torah and  Succot true spiritual joy and happiness.

A meditation on the purpose of life

Submitted by rabbidanny on 23 April 2013 - 4:42pm

How often to we think about the ultimate questions of life? Is there a purpose to the universe? Does my life have meaning?

We get caught up in the hubbub of life, with our many responsibilities both family and work. In our highly sophisticated consumer culture we can very easily distract ourselves, escaping the need to answer this question by our relentless pursuit of pleasure, entertainment and fun that fill up our days.

The Tale of the Lost Yamulke

Submitted by anna on 18 March 2013 - 12:39pm


The Tale of the Lost Yamulke

Our newly-turned three year old boy is now encouraged to wear his kippah and tzitzit at all (well, most!) times, just like his big brother and daddy.

Still very much a free spirit, Ilan doesn't like extraneous items attached to him and so can tolerate the kippah only for a few hours at a time (or less!)...

The Collusion of Anonymity

Submitted by rabbidanny on 8 February 2013 - 10:12am

This week the news was awash with reports about the terrible lack of care and blatant abuse at the Stafford hospital. Hundreds of patients needlessly died as a result of negilgent care by staff. As I write this blog there has been more breaking news that a further 5 hospital trusts are to be investigated.

Rabbi and Shabbaton Choir

Submitted by rabbidanny on 30 January 2013 - 12:38pm

I thought i would post this video in honour of this past weeks Holocaust Memorial Day.

This is footage from a tribute concert held in honour of Cantor Ernest Levy OBE. that took place at the prestigious Glasgow Royal Concert Hall together with the Shabbaton Choir and other musicians back in 2011. 


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