This week’s Torah reading begins with the census of all men over the age of 20 who were to be called for military duty when the need arose. …
Roll up for our charity challah make – Thursday 1st May
Do you know what ‘challah’ actually means and what it is??
Come along and join us for a charity challah making session on Thursday 1st May 11am to 1pm. We will learn how to make the dough, plait it and will learn about this special mitzvah and why it has been entrusted to ladies to perform.
The 1st May is also Rosh Chodesh. The semi-holiday of Rosh Chodesh (lit. “head of the month” – one or two semi-festive days marking the beginning of each month) is celebrated by both men and women, but there’s a special feminine connection to the day. This expresses in the fact that women abstain from certain forms of work on this day — be it not working at all, or simply abstaining from tedious household chores. (If you don’t have a family or community custom, you can start your own!)
The special connection between women and Rosh Chodesh harks way back to the episode of the Golden Calf, when the women declined to participate in the “fundraising” effort and refused to surrender their jewellery for use in making the idol. As a reward, they were given Rosh Chodesh as a day which they observe more than the men (Tur, Orach Chaim 417).
Call the Shul Office on 020 7580 1355 to book your place or for online bookings click here.