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Bowling at the Lanes

  On July 26th the three weeks of mourning for the first and second temples came to a close at 10.06pm. The fast ended and our members with…

Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi Video Ekev – Rabbi Marcus

Rabbi Marcus explains how this week’s sedra brings up the challenging question of how we can view all the mitzvot of the Torah as having equal importance.

Our Bar Mitzvahs

“We both celebrated our Bar Mitzvahs at Central within one week of each other – 9 and 16 March 2013.   (I’m Gideon on the left, and I’m Jacob…

Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi Video Vaetchanan – Rabbi Marcus

  Vaetchanan opens with Moshe’s plea, asking G-D to allow him into the promised land. Most famously, in Moshe’s review of the Torah this week, we read about…

Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi Video Rabbi Marcus – Devarim

This Shabbat we begin reading the 5th book of the Torah, Deuteronomy/Devarim. It is principally made up of three farewell addresses by Moses to the People of Israel…

Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av marks the destruction of our Temples (1st by the Babylonians in 586 BCE and the 2nd in 70 CE by the Romans) and many subsequent exiles,…

Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi Video Rabbi Marcus – Mattot/Masei

With this week’s double sidra, we finish reading Bamidbar, the fourth book of the Torah.  Mattot deals with the sanctity of the spoken word and the making of…

Video A Feast of Music – The Video

Here are some clips of the music from last week’s concert. The whole concert will be available on the website shortly.   Uvenucho Yomar with Steven Leas and…

Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi Video Pinchas – Rabbi Marcus

Rabbi Marcus explains why Pinchas had the honour of having a sedra named after him.  We also read about the rights of women with respect to inheritance.

Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi Video Chukat – Rabbi Marcus

The name of the parasha, ‘Chukat’ comes from the word ‘Chok’, referring to a mitzvah which does not readily lend itself to logical understanding.  Here, Rabbi Marcus touches…

Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi Video Korach – Rabbi Marcus

This week’s parasha is named after a man named Korach who sought to challenge Moshe’s leadership. Rabbi Marcus looks into Korach’s character and his introduction of spin.

Photos of Yechezkel Klang Jerusalem, Sol Zim New York, Steven Leas London A Feast of Music

Following our L’dor Vador Concert on the 19th June, we are holding a special Shabbat Service on the 22nd June. Please join us after the kiddush for a…

Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi Video Shelach Lecha – Rabbi Marcus

Meaning ‘send’ and referring to the 12 spies, one from each tribe, who entered the land of Israel to bring back reports. The returning group’s opinions were divided…