A revelatory letter from Rabbi Tanya

Dear friends, I don’t know about you but for me this lockdown feels like a much longer experience than it has actually been. These 6 weeks feel like an eternity now and a whole universe away from where we were 6 or 7 weeks ago. I wonder whether that is how our ancestors felt when they were wandering weeks later in the desert looking back at their Exodus from Egypt.

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Rabbi Tanya's Thought for Yom Kippur

Today is the Day of Atonement in the Jewish tradition. It is a time forself-reflection, for repentance and for forgiveness. In Judaism, sincere repentance is always accompanied by forgiveness, and we have to start by"forgiving ourselves".

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Pesach 2015

For many people Pesach is a special festival for many reasons, actually for many VERY different reasons. As a product of Soviet propaganda I believed in my youth that religion was “opium for the people”.  It was lucky for me then that all we had to do for Pesach was to eat matzah. I didn’t like it then (tasteless!). And the whole concept of slavery seemed barbaric at the time when, in Belarus,  we were governed by a system very close to communism.  

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New Year Message From Rabbi Tanya

What a wonderful year is ahead of us! A year (even 15 months!) to celebrate, to reflect, to kvell and to look into the future with confidence. Happy 50th anniversary to each and every, dear member of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue. Our community will meet this New Year with a strong healthy membership and good community spirit and your contribution to the life of the congregation has helped this.

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