The birkat Cohanim, or priestly prayer, is derived from this week's parsha when Jacob blesses his grandchildren, Joseph's sons. These are the first pair of siblings in the Jewish line to not double cross or attempt to kill one another. Here is an amazing clip of this blessing being said by the Chief Rabbi at the kottel in front of a crowd of many thousands.
This Friday we commemorate the fast of 10th Tevet, where Nebuchadnezzer laid siege to Jerusalem. Kabbalat Shabbat at 6.30pm will have a more sombre tone than usual, using some lovely niggunim and harmonies from Leonard Cohen.
Shabbat morning starts at 9.15am with a shiur followed by shacharit. This week's drasha is being given by Joel Lazar, with kiddush to follow.
roject Zug is an initiative that connects Jews in different countries through on-line hevruta (one-to-one) learning, organised by acclaimed teachers from Jerusalem and the USA. If you are interested in an international chevruta style of learning, check out their website on link above.
Trip to Jerusalem: There will be a Jewish, Catholic and Muslim 'Joint Journey to Jerusalem' next year 18-27 May, to visit each other's sacred places, learn texts and share space in the 'City of Peace'. It is being highly subsidised and only 12 places are available. Read more here and register your interest asap.