Again, the leader of the Labour Party in the UK

Does Mr. Corbyn actually think Israel is going to permit terrorist (unarmed, he says) to come through its borders and become martyrs of their cause by going in any Israeli kibbutz or shopping mall and kill civilians to defend their cause, that is what openly in Sky news a leader of Hammas said: (martyrs of…

Orthodox Jewry splits

As the objective of this blog is to inform on attitudes towards Judaism, I feel it is my obligation as a Religious Minister especially living in the UK where the issue has grown out of proportion, because of the lecture on homosexuality given by Senior Rabbi Dweck of the Spanish and Portuguese Community. Here is…

Maintaining decorum in the Synagogue

In conjunction with preparing a short study session for the Tikkun Leil Shavuot on the subject of talking in synagogues and the blessing the Tosfos Yom Tov Lipman Heller wrote for those who do not talk during prayers. I found an interesting article by (Irving N. Levitz, “Talking During Tefillah: Understanding The Phenomenon” in The…

Selichot Choral service

Tonight in almost all Synagogues over the world we prepare for the coming days of awe. A service which reminds principally of the services of the High Holydays. In Belsize a very musical one. Rehearsing already with my Choirmaster and the Synagogue’s Musical Director Dr. Benjamin Wolf and organist Maestro Mike Cayton, both very instrumental…

My professional colleagues

Last week a giving music one. And the joy of hearing in action. The 11th of November in remembrance day. Directing a Requiem for the Fallen. The organist of Belsize Square Synagogue, Maestro Mike Cayton in his role as choirmaster in his St John’s Wood Church, a multifaceted musician of the highest class, not in…

The Temple Mount

It should not surprise anyone that the Muslim prophet had a spiritual revelation at the holy site where the Stone that is the Cornerstone of God’s presence in earth lays. The Jewish Temple was raised there and the Holy of Holies that contained within the stone tablets that Moses presented to the world with the ten…

Not only Music

After last weeks of living music in London at it’s best. My son invited me to St Martin in the Fields to listen to an Oratorio, Wigmore Hall for a Madrigal Ensemble’s concert, to the Royal Opera House to see la Boheme with top Tenor J. Calleja and soprano A. Netrebko. The week finished Friday night where…

The Alexander Torah, a story and a tradition to keep for generations to come

A special service was held to celebrate the rededication of the Alexander Torah which has been repaired by Sofer Mordechai Pinchas and made ready for use at our services. This historic Torah scroll was saved from Kristallnacht brought by Dr. Alfred Alexander to London and is held in the custody of Belsize Square Synagogue with permission…

Another blogger’s article I wanted to share

By Chemi Shalev Published 21:37 23.07.14 in Haaretz’s blog Smokes rises during an Israeli ground offensive in the east of Gaza City July 23, 2014. / Photo by Reuters I am jealous of people who have no doubts. Those who are sure they know what’s what. People who are convinced that black is black and…