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Jan 21, 2022, 5:41 PM
Responsible leadership urgently required
Dedicated for a Refuah Shelemah for Elisabeth Bat Maisha People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. —John Maxwell The question of “leadership” is never far from the headlines. We have recently had cause to deliberate this for...
May 7, 2021, 1:23 PM
Transformation through dedication
For the people of the Book, it goes without saying that the study of our heritage and the Torah in particular has always taken center stage in the lives of the Jewish people. The core souls of every single...
Apr 29, 2021, 6:33 PM
20/20 vision for Lag Ba’omer of 2021
As we approach Lag Ba'omer, a time of national celebration on the Yahrzeit of Rebi Shimon Bar Yochai the author of the Zohar, it would be worthwhile revisiting the section of the Talmud that forms the backdrop to deepen...
Apr 9, 2021, 12:44 PM
Nadav and Avihu -Playing with fire!
One of the most joyous days in our history was the day of the completion of the construction of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. Sacrifices had been offered on behalf of the Jewish people to atone for the sin of...
Mar 5, 2021, 7:01 AM
Our imperfection is the source of our blessing
Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life. Parker J. Palmer The sin of the Golden Calf, and in its aftermath, the smashing the tablets was a low point in our history and at...
Feb 25, 2021, 2:18 PM
Bells and Robes
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less. -C. S. Lewis “And you shall make holy garments for Aaron, your brother, for honor and for glory.” One of the eight garments that the High Priest was expected...
Feb 19, 2021, 1:58 PM
Can you see the wood from the trees?
“There’s no place like home” -- Dorothy, Wizard of Oz There are many outstanding accomplishments for us as a nation, but building is certainly not amongst them. It may come therefore as somewhat of a surprise to discover that from...
Feb 5, 2021, 6:40 PM
Let the carob tree prove!
“Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors” Ralph Waldo Emerson Never was there a more profound moment not just in Jewish history but arguably in humankind than the Divine Revelation witnessed by the Jewish Nation as they stood at...
Jan 31, 2021, 12:48 AM
The ‘R’ factor — have you got it?
As the Covid battle rages on with no end in sight, there has become a focus on the R factor, I am referring of course not to the R number but the R of resilience which in this battle...
Jan 29, 2021, 11:36 AM
Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tyre?
Then I’ll get down on my knees and pray, We don’t get fooled again, No, no! The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again As Jews, prayer has always been sacrosanct – a first, rather than a last resort. King David himself was defined by...
Rabbi Hackenbroch is Senior Rabbi of Woodside Park Synagogue, London, UK, as well as a commercial mediator, Holocaust Educator and sought after speaker.