From time to time EHRS will be holding an adult service additional to the regular Shabbat Service commencing at 10.30am..
Saturday 2 June
Shabbat Beha’alotecha - In the Torah portion, Moses says: “Would that all Israel were Prophets!” In our relaxed small service we consider the questions: “What are prophets and what is prophesy? How does one become a prophet?”
Led by Rabbi Daniel Smith
Saturday 23 June
Sidra Chukkat contains details of the ritual of ‘para aduma’, the red heifer, which belongs to a group of mitzvot that defy logical explanation, ‘Chukkim’. Do we observe ritual mitzvot because of rational conviction, nostalgia and tradition, peer pressure, our children? Also in our sidra, Moses loses his temper. Is this a failure of leadership? What are a rabbi’s must have qualities? What are a shul chairman’s must have qualities? Led by Rabbi Steven Katz
Saturday 30 June
Torah tells of Israel’s confrontation with the nation of Moab on their way to the Promised Land. Balak, King of Moab, fears the Israelites after hearing of their recent victories over nearby kingdoms. He summons Balaam, a renowned sorcerer, to curse the Israelites in preparation for the coming battle. En route, an angel blocks Balaam’s donkey’s path. Frustrated, Balaam strikes the donkey each time it stops. Miraculously, the donkey speaks, asking Balaam why he is hitting her. Balaam now sees what his donkey saw. The angel instructs Balaam what he may or may not say about the Israelites People. Balaam attempts to curse Israel, but blesses them instead with the words that we use to begin the morning service: “Mah tovu ohalecha Ya’akov, mishk’notecha Yisrael - How good are your tents O Jacob, and your homes, O Israel!” We will discuss why Balaam offered this superb tribute to the Israelite nation. Led by Rabbi Neil Kraft