tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:/posts Belovski 2017-01-18T12:55:06Z Rabbi Dr. Harvey Belovski tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1124076 2017-01-18T12:54:10Z 2017-01-18T12:55:06Z Belovski on Birthdays

Radio 2 Chris Evans Show

18/01/17


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1120495 2017-01-04T17:55:58Z 2017-01-04T17:55:58Z Belovski on Back to School

Radio 2 Chris Evans Show (Sara Cox sitting in)

03/01/17

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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1118508 2017-01-04T16:32:18Z 2017-01-04T16:32:18Z Belovski on Chanukah

Radio 2 Chris Evans Show (Sara Cox sitting in)

26/12/16

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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1102510 2016-10-27T18:24:02Z 2016-10-27T18:24:02Z Belovski on Beauty

Radio 2 Chris Evans Show

26/10/16

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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1100554 2016-10-21T12:47:33Z 2016-10-21T17:22:02Z Belovski on Sukkot

Radio 2 Chris Evans Show

19/10/16


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1098705 2016-10-14T13:08:48Z 2016-10-20T18:25:32Z Belovski on Yom Kippur

Radio 2 Chris Evans Show

13/10/16


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1096227 2016-10-05T16:55:07Z 2016-10-05T16:55:08Z Belovski on the Jewish New Year

Radio 2 Chris Evans Show

05/10/16


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1074572 2016-07-20T22:07:59Z 2016-07-20T22:08:00Z Belovski on Alexander the Great

Radio 2 Chris Evans Show

20/07/16


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1070729 2016-07-07T17:21:35Z 2016-07-07T17:22:08Z Eid 2016 - More in Common

Kent Countryside

07/07/16

I had the great pleasure of attending a family Eid celebration in Kent yesterday, hosted by my very good friend Remona Aly and her family.

Article hosted by HOPE not hate here


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1070004 2016-07-05T13:25:53Z 2016-07-05T13:25:53Z Belovski on Shared Meals

Radio 2 Chris Evans Show

05/07/16


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1068131 2016-06-29T05:37:37Z 2016-06-29T05:37:37Z Belovski on Pockets

Radio 2 Chris Evans Show

28/06/16


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1052658 2016-05-18T14:16:42Z 2016-05-18T14:16:42Z Belovski on Individuality

Radio 2 Chris Evans Show

18/05/16

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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1050550 2016-05-12T22:18:09Z 2016-05-12T22:18:09Z Belovski on Mental Health

Radio 2 Vanessa Feltz Show

12/05/16


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1044587 2016-04-30T22:59:30Z 2016-04-30T22:59:30Z Belovski on Liberation

Radio 2 Vanessa Feltz Show

28/04/16


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1040637 2016-04-25T16:22:02Z 2016-04-25T16:22:02Z Belovski on Preserving Mother Earth

Radio 2 Vanessa Feltz Show (Suzi Perry sitting in)

21/04/16


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1031091 2016-04-11T17:43:51Z 2016-04-11T17:44:55Z Belovski on Serendipity

Radio 2 Vanessa Feltz Show

11/04/16


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/1001412 2016-02-25T23:53:20Z 2016-02-25T23:54:20Z Belovski at Stern

Forthcoming 02/03/16

Join us if you're there

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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/979782 2016-01-27T20:18:12Z 2016-04-11T17:44:02Z Belovski on Learning from the Past

Radio 2 Vanessa Feltz Show (Nicki Chapman sitting in)

27/01/16


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/976920 2016-01-23T19:45:42Z 2016-04-11T17:44:12Z Belovski on Mid-Winter

Radio 2 Vanessa Feltz Show (Penny Smith sitting in)

21/01/15


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/970936 2016-01-14T17:55:39Z 2016-04-11T17:44:31Z Belovski on Guilty Pleasures

Radio 2 Vanessa Feltz Show

14/01/16


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/965937 2016-01-07T15:35:19Z 2016-04-11T17:44:38Z Belovski on Surprising Encounters

Radio 2 Vanessa Feltz Show

07/01/16


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/956681 2015-12-24T23:23:01Z 2015-12-25T11:40:54Z Beautiful Days, Holy Days: Review

Beautiful Days, Holy Days: The Majesty and Profundity of the Jewish Holidays

Avraham Peretz Friedman (Compass Books, 2015), 216 pages

This book comprises an eclectic collection of essays on the festival cycle, citing sources as varied as Aldous Huxley and the Belzer Rebbe.  Written by Rabbi Avraham Peretz Friedman (author of the excellent monograph ‘Marital Intimacy’) in memory of his father and in honour of his mother, ‘Beautiful Days, Holy Days’ covers the Jewish year in an engaging and original way.  Some essays are entirely new to this volume; others like his highly original study of I.L. Peretz’s anti-religious tale ‘The Pious Cat’, have appeared before.  Some, like ‘Why do we eat honey on Rosh Hashanah’, address narrow, ritual issues; others, for example, an intriguing piece on Sukkot, consider major existential themes.  The latter actually provided me with a trigger for my most recent Ne’ilah sermon, at which I addressed the theme of meaninglessness and fundamental values.

Friedman’s style is accessible and interesting, although I found that the essays themselves vary in quality.  Some, like the piece addressing the process of prayer, are insightful and source-rich, but others I found less engaging, focusing on topics to which I struggled to relate.  On reflection, this variation is actually part of the book’s charm.  I expect that the author is trying to reach a wide audience which includes scholars and lay people of a range of persuasions and backgrounds:  those who are looking for intellectual stimulation and those who are seeking inspiration.

‘Beautiful Days, Holy Days’ should find a broad readership and is a welcome addition to the corpus of recent works on the festivals.

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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/911774 2015-10-01T13:59:10Z 2015-10-21T21:09:15Z Belovski on Harvest

Radio 2 Vanessa Feltz Show

01/10/15


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/909187 2015-09-24T17:12:31Z 2015-09-24T17:12:31Z Belovski on Autumn

Radio 2 Vanessa Feltz Show

24/09/15

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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/906466 2015-09-17T23:35:08Z 2015-09-17T23:35:09Z Belovski on Judgement

Radio 2 Vanessa Feltz Show

17/09/15

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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/903585 2015-09-10T20:20:34Z 2015-09-10T20:20:40Z Belovski on India

Radio 2 Vanessa Feltz Show

10/09/15


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/896311 2015-08-21T16:11:46Z 2015-08-21T16:17:09Z Summer Reading 2015

As in previous years, some people have asked me what I've been reading during the summer.  For those interested, a list follows, in no particular order:

Anthony Trollope, The Warden

Aaron Ross, CEOFlow

Dan Ariely, Predictably Irrational

Simon Sinek, Start with Why

Anthony Trollope, The Way we Live Now

Otto Kroeger & Janet Thuesen, 16 Ways to Love your Lover

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

Jon Katzenbach & Douglas Smith, The Wisdom of Teams

Daniel Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates us

Jonathan Sacks, Not in God's Name

Ben Horowitz, The Hard Thing about Hard Things

Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor's Handbook (Meditations)

David Kantor, Reading the Room

Jennifer Michael Hecht, Doubt: A History



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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/881085 2015-07-14T17:38:43Z 2015-07-14T18:12:24Z Transition and the Beautiful Sound of Children

Sermon Notes 11/07/15 - Pinchas 5775

The three recent parshiot – Chukat, Balak and Pinchas are texts of transition.  Chukat includes a chronological transition, in which the narrative skips from the second year of the Israelites’ desert sojourn to the 40th, in which remainder of the Torah takes place.  Balak is a transition of perception, in which our ancestors emerged from the bubble of the wilderness to experience the hostility of others, presaging much of Jewish history.   And in today’s parashah, Pinchas, the people are prepared for leadership transition – Moshe knows that he will not enter the Land of Israel and hands the reigns to Yehoshua some months before his actual demise.

This has stimulated me to think about recent transitions in our community.  There have been so many changes, not least to the physical infrastructure and the way we deploy the space for davening (more of this in a future sermon and post).  But I’d like to focus on the fantastic growth in the number of young families and small children attending the Shul on Shabbat morning.  In a few years, we’ve changed from a community with just a handful of youngsters to one swamped with babies and children every week.  This is a tremendous blessing, but also a challenge, as it represents a completely new demographic reality for our community.  And it’s one that we  must get absolutely right to ensure that this growth continues and everyone, without exception, feels welcome and loved.  Periods of transition are fragile and must be handled extremely carefully.

Many of the new families enjoy participating in tefillah, but others come along only for the children’s programmes or to hang around with their friends.  I am delighted that we can provide a range of Shabbat morning experiences that attract the widest range of people and this means that there’s lots of unfamiliar noise every week – the beautiful sound of children playing and babies crying.  We’re doing our best to try to ensure that davening and children’s programmes are synchronised and to encourage parents to look out for their children, but it doesn’t always work.

Some of us may be troubled by the new sounds around our building, but I have one clear message – when there’s a baby crying during the sermon, exuberant children whooping outside during the kedushah or the announcements are drowned out by chatter, love it!


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/878918 2015-07-09T05:44:37Z 2015-07-09T05:44:37Z Belovski on Human Resilience

Radio 2 Vanessa Felz Show

08/07/15


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tag:www.rabbibelovski.co.uk,2013:Post/876053 2015-07-01T14:46:52Z 2015-07-01T14:46:52Z Belovski on Faith in Actions

Radio 2 Vanessa Feltz Show (Nicki Chapman sitting in)

01/07/15

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