The four special Shabbats leading up to Pesach are God’s
proscription for purification before the
major festival of Passover to begin the Jewish calendar year. And you thought it was all about getting rid
of the Chametz and purchasing your ‘unleavens.’ Like all major Holy Days, the
Torah guides the way with preparatory parashot to put us in the right frame of
mind to participate in our festivals in the right spirit.
Shabbat Shekalim starts with the equitable contribution to
the holy community with each of us giving our half-shekel. It is followed by
Shabbat Zachor to remember our past, both its triumphs and desecrations.
Shabbat Parah, the “Red Heifer” is about purification, this week’s parsha of Ki Tissa, a much needed element
considering it is the narrative involving the Golden Calf incident and the
redeeming second set of Tablets containing the Law carried down the mountain
after Moses, once again, rescues the
B’nei Yisrael from total annihilation. It took two tries. We are not called a
‘stiff-necked people’ in this parsha for nothing. Finally, just before Pesach,
we have Shabbat Ha-Chodeh which concerns forgiveness, reconcilliation and
specific instructions for Passover.
By that time, we ought to be both spiritually prepared and
physically strong to meet Pesach with gusto!
In this week’s service, led by Pat, you will learn more
about what it takes to be purified, have a greater understanding of what God
wants from us through the revelation of His thirteen attributes of mercy and
learn that there is more to Aaron than meet the eye.
Graggers and Hamentaschen: It must be Purim
Pre-Purim got off to a fine start at Malpas Village Hall on Saturday,
the 7th of March for children and members of Kehillat Kernow. A
Purim party which included many young children in costume (several Queen
Esthers on show along with a variety of spacemen and rakish looking youngsters
resembling Mordechai, to be sure), arrived and began making their homemade
graggers before the story of the Jews of Sushan, was shown. The older ‘kids’ of
the community laid out the goodies: varieties of Hamentaschen, Mohn Torte,
assort sweets, salads for falafel-making, meringues and biscuits. Hamen was
properly boo-ed and rattled; Mordechai and Esther were enthusiastically
cheered. After, we were all treated to a mini-concert from Isaac Feldman who is
becoming a genuine violin virtuoso.
Many thanks to the Feldman family who all worked very hard to make this a special celebration. Purim officially begins on the 14th of Adar, Tuesday, the 10th of March. Hag Sameach!
Pictures form the Purim Party can be seen by clicking here.
The KK community representing four generations came out in droves to welcome in the 7th night of Chanukkah at a party hosted in the home of Pat an Leslie Lipert.
Dreidls were spun. Chocolate gelt was equitably distributed among young and old. Churros and donuts, latkes and salmon, salads of every description and hot vegetarian dishes were prepared by members, not to mention a myrad of scrumptious desserts to complement this most happy celebration to commemorate the victories of the Macabbees when the light of the Ner Tamid burnt for a miraculous eight days. The service was led by Vice-chairman Adam Feldman as people lit their chanukkiahs to surround the reception areas with a blaze of light piercing through the darkness.
Following the service, a moving tribute, most thoughtfully and eloquently presented by Chairman Jeremy and Mai Jacobson, was made in honour of years of service to the community to Pat and Leslie Lipert. A rare, antique Yad of either Egyptan or Syrian origin was presented to the Liperts for communal use in our services along with an attached medallion honouring their contribution to the community.
The Liperts wish to thank all members of the community who made this loving presentation possible and will, like all present and future generations of Kehlllat Kernow, take special pride whenever this yad encircling our Torah is brought out for services.Todah rabah!
Photos of this event supplied can been seen clicking by here.
All the High Holy Day
services were well attended this year at Roselidden Farm on the 8th and 9th of
October with many visitors from afar and our own community of Kehillat
Kernow. Services were masterfully led by student rabbi, Eleanor Davis,
and included on Yom Kippur afternoon, a special discussion of modern sins and
their connection with the twenty-two sins cited throughout the service as part
of the atonement liturgy in our machzors on this solemn holiday.
With Jeremy Jacobson’s
reading of the Jonah story in the afternoon and the concluding
Shofar blowing by Adam Feldman, the holiday concluded with Havdalah, and a
breaking of the fast with a fine supper arranged by Peter and Jos Haddenfield
of Roselidden Farm.
Special thanks to all those
who contributed to making this a most meaningful observance and to Mai
Jacobson, Rachel Brown and Leslie Lipert who took all the pictures.
PIctures of Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur can be viewed by clicking onto the Photo Gallery above.
It may have been raining on Erev Rosh HaShannah and on the day of 5780, but the sun certainly shone inside The Barn at Roselidden Farm in Helston when a large number of people from within the Cornish community and from the greater community gathered together for services and delightful celebratory cuisine, both traditional and contemporary to observe the first part of the High Holy Days.
Led enthusiastically by KK’s talented Adam Feldman, the service was warmly received and much appreciated.
The catering was done by
Peter and Jos Hadfield while the traditional wine, whiskey, apples and honey,
Challah and honey cakes were contributed by members of the KK community.
All good wishes for a happy, healthy and good new year: L’Shannah Tovah. Hag Sameah!
Photos of this event supplied can been seen clicking by
Mai Jacobson and/or Rachel Brown