• WARTS AND ALL (Tazria-Metzora 5781)

    Rabbi Jack Cohen  … read more


    DRASHA, HAMPSTEAD SYNAGOGUE,  FIRST DAY PESACH 5781, 28.03.21 Rabbi Dr Michael Harris INTERNAL SLAVERY AND INTERNAL FREEDOM Pesach is in a sense the most particularistic of the three Pilgrim Festivals, shalosh regalim, focusing as it does   on the redemption of… read more

  • The Best Response to Anti-Semitism

    The Shabbat between Yom HaShoah and Yom Haatzmaut, marking the transition between commemorating our greatest modern tragedy and celebrating our greatest modern miracle, naturally invites reflection on the Shoah, Zionism and the State of Israel – particularly in the light… read more

  • After Paris: Trying to respond on an individual level

    One central theme of the Sidra of Vayeitzei is the conflict between Jacob and Laban. Laban represents our enemies. After the terrorist attacks in Gush Etzion and Tel Aviv on Thursday and in Paris last Friday night, we have again… read more

  • Reflections for Yom HaShoah

    Tomorrow is Yom HaShoah, 27 Nissan – many Shuls across the British Jewish community are marking it today with Yom HaShoah Shabbat.  We said a special memorial prayer earlier and I‘d like to devote my remarks today to reflecting on… read more

  • Jewish Identity and JFS

    Beyond the immediate very important practical issues raised by the JFS controversy, that controversy is important because it focuses our attention on the fundamental issue of Jewish identity, on what it is to be a Jew. But let me first… read more

  • Anti-Semitism Ancient and Modern

    In this morning’s Sidra, Pharaoh says to his people about the Israelites: “Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they increase in number, and if there is a war, add themselves to our enemies and wage war against us,… read more