CCJ Scholar-In-Residence Dr Lindsay Simmonds on Hanukah

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Hanukah – A tool for moral education   Hanukah is the celebration of both the miracle of a small jar of purified oil lasting eight days rather than one, and the victory of the Maccabees over the Greeks during the Second Temple period in Jerusalem (in approximately 200BCE). It was established by the rabbinic authorities at… Read more »

CCJ Student Leader Alumnus Sophie Mitchell on Advent

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Advent: The waiting game   Christmas day, along with Easter day, is the most important day in the Christian calendar. In Western society, it is hard to avoid Christmas… It is everywhere! Filling the shops, the adverts and every conversation possible, it is difficult to avoid Christmas… For most people, Christmas has become a season… Read more »

Rabbi Mason’s Sermon on Yom Kippur Day

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Yom Kippur Day 5780 A few years ago in one of my Yom Kippur sermons, I told you the story of the rabbi who said he didn’t fast on Yom Kippur and the 9th of Av – you remember don’t you! Here it is: His closest disciples once approached a great Chassidic Rebbe, known to… Read more »

Rabbi Mason’s Sermon on Kol Nidrei

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I would like to share with you two of my ancestors, both Rabbis, who greatly inspired me. My great grandfather, Rabbi Emanuel Mayersohn was Rabbi in Jewish community of Rastaat in Baden Wurtemberg in the early 20th century. His daughter, my great Auntie would tell me that on Sundays, he would often go into the… Read more »

Rabbi Mason’s Sermon on Rosh Hashana

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CRYING   I remember well Rosh Hashana in my days at Yeshiva. They were stressful and nervous occasions. Of course it was a chag. But up at about 6.30am to pray – and for someone who finds getting up earlier difficult it was torture – and then finished by well after 1pm…. Read more »