A Spy Story

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When we think of espionage it often carries negative connotation: spying is not “nice”. However when given the more respectable label of “intelligence”, we all recognise its importance to the security of our own state and others. Indeed, the importance of spies and who controls them is very much in the news at the moment with

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Shabbat HaAtzmaut Reading

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Am Yisroel Chai Last Wednesday we had the Yom Hashoah service when we commemorated almost 300 named relatives of members of our congregation and many more unnamed members of their families who died in the Shoah. This direct connection made it personal as we lit candles in remembrance for those who died and also as a

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Homelessness

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Some of you may be disappointed to learn that you are not going to get a sermon this morning.  Those of you who know me will be mightily relieved about this.  What I hope to do instead is to describe and to begin to bring to life two local projects with which this community is closely

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Shabbat Vayakhel

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We don’t often hear about Israelites getting it all right. Despite witnessing the miracles of the crossing at the reed sea, the receiving of Manna, and the horrors of the 10 plagues, the children of Israel are pretty easily led astray!  Yet this normal narrative of slip ups is finally contrasted this week, where we see

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