From time to time EHRS will hold a Parallel Shabbat Service in addition to the Main Shabbat Service, commencing at 10:30

Saturday 3 November
Sidra Chaye Sarah tells us which qualities we should seek out when choosing our life’s partner in marriage. The Sidra, although describing the period of Jewish history some four millennia ago very much emphasises the dignity of women
and the respect that must be given to all women. The Sidra is often highlighted by Orthodox Jewish interpretation as a vote against intermarriage and for endogamy. Does Abraham’s purchase of the Cave of Machpela in Chevron as a burial plot for his wife Sarah, endorse the Jewish claim to Chevron in particular and the land of Israel in general? Much to discuss.
Led by Rabbi Steven Katz

Saturday 10 November
Tol’dot is the story of Isaac, Rebecca and their twin sons Esau and Jacob who are destined to become rivals. Torah tells us: Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Easu came in from the field, and he was famished. And Esau said to Jacob, “Give me some of that red stuff to gulp down, for I am famished” which is why he was named Edom / The Red One (Gen 25:20-30). These verses are the basis for the sale of Easu’s birthright to Jacob, and we shall look at the story and try to understand the consequences of Esau’s choice and ours.
Led by Rabbi Neil Kraft

Saturday 1 December
Joseph was a spoiled sibling who delighted in relating his dreams of grandeur to his father and brothers. Yet he is called Joseph Hatsadik - Joseph the righteous one. What was so special about Joseph? Are Reform Jews better than Orthodox Jews, and Sephardim better than Ashkenazim? We read in our Sidrah that the Messiah’s roots were hardly filled with glory. Does Yichus, genealogy, make a difference?
Led by Rabbi Steven Katz


There will be no Parallel Shabbat Service on 8 December as previously advertised.