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Shabbat 11 Cheshvan 5780 Lech Lecha Saturday 9th November 2019

What’s in a name?

When we give someone a ‘Jewish’ name, we believe that it has great significance. It may be that the name is to celebrate or commemorate a family member – in Ashkenazi families, almost always a loved relative who has died; in Sefardi and Mizrachi families, it may be after a living matriarch or patriarch of the family.

Or perhaps the name itself is of significance, such as ‘Simcha’ – joy; ‘Tova’ – good.

Many of the names of characters in the Torah are loaded with meaning and implication. This week’s parashah begins to teach us about a couple named Avram and Sarai, who later have their names changed by God to Avraham and Sarah.

There are many explanations for the change. One is that Avram and Sarai were destined always to be childless; but no such fate had been decreed for Avraham and Sarah.

Another interesting explanation is that God wanted the parents of Yitzchak to be equally holy; true, Ishmael had been born to Avram, but Hagar was not of sufficient holiness to be the mother of the nation that God wished to create from Avram. The midrash suggests that Sarai had a double portion of holiness; a ‘yud’ – numerical value 10 – was taken from the name Sarai and replaced with two ‘hehs’ - numerical value 5. One was given to create the name Sarah. And another ‘heh’ was added to Avram to make Avraham.

Surnames are another matter altogether – reputed to have begun in England after 1066, but Jews were always known by the addition of ‘son of’ or ‘daughter’ of and then their parents’ Hebrew names. Arriving in other countries, often not speaking the local language, Jews adopted many surnames often based on the country or city they came from – eg Berliner, Hamburger, or their trade, although ‘Baker’ is a name often found in families of Kohanim – being an acronym for ‘Ben Avraham HaKohen’ …..

I’m sure we could all write a fascinating chapter in The Book of Names…..

Doreen Samuels

Shabbat times this week

Shabbat begins in Pinner 4:07pm
Minchah and Kabbalat Shabbat 4:05pm
Shacharit 9:30am
Shabbat Minchah 4:00pm
Shabbat ends and Ma'ariv 5:10pm

Service Times

      Morning Evening
Sunday  10th November 8.15am 4.00pm
Monday 11th November 6.50am 8.00pm
Tuesday 12th November 7.00am 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th November 7.00am 8.00pm
Thursday 14th November 6.50am 8.00pm
Friday 15th November 7.00am 4.05pm


Events Coming Up

Starting at
Encore in Pinner : Rabbi Michael Pollak 13 November 2019 - 8:15pm
Pinner LJW : Remembering the past - Holocaust Memorial Day 14 November 2019 - 8:15pm
Mitzvah Day 2019 17 November 2019 - 2:30pm
Mitzvah Day Events 17 November 2019 - 2:30pm
Maturians : The Stationers Company 18 November 2019 - 2:15pm
PIC : William the Butler 20 November 2019 - 8:15pm
Pinner Synema : School Ties 23 November 2019 - 7:30pm
The Great Debates : The Royal Debate 24 November 2019 - 8:15am
Maturians : Buddy Holly & The Cricketers 27 November 2019 - 7:00pm
Pinner Supper Quiz 1 December 2019 - 7:00pm


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