A Message from the Chief Rabbi

At the dawn of the Common Era, the Roman philosopher Seneca said ‘…there is never a time when new distraction will not show…’. This is a sentiment which rings more true than ever today, two thousand years later.

So much of our lives are lived in a perpetual state of distraction, moving from work to leisure and back again without pause for considered thought or reflection. A busy life is surely fulfilling, but only when paired with time for introspection. Shabbat is that time.

The ‘Lecha Dodi’ prayer, sung in Shul during the Kabbalat Shabbat service to welcome the Shabbat bride, is significantly different from our other Shabbat prayers. Whilst Shabbat is universally referred to as a day of rest, the message of Lecha Dodi is quite the opposite: ‘Wake up, wake up, for your light has come; rise, shine!’ The contrasting messages of rest and awakening can perhaps be understood as speaking to our material and spiritual sides respectively.

The essence of a restful Shabbat is that separation from mundane work and empty distraction is necessary to reinvigorate one’s soul; to find space for meaningful engagement with our friends and families in a noisy world of media and communications which constantly demand our attention.

The distractions we are all but obsessed with during the week are not true rest from the stresses of working life. Too often we look to rest our bodies without also looking to wake up to the truly important elements of our lives. Shabbat stands at the end of each week to remove both work and distraction: to remind us why we toil and to give us the strength to continue.

Shabbat is truly for sharing and that is precisely what ShabbatUK is all about. On a day of rest, it can be all too easy to recuperate alone, but true meaning is found in our engagement with loved ones. Use ShabbatUK to reinvest in the most important people in your life, and share what’s important with them lest you find yourself distracted by distraction.

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Triple excitement for this weekend, as we look forward not only to #Shabbat and a bank holiday, but also to Yom Haatzmaut!

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As we approach Israel's Independence Day, Chief Rabbi Mirvis asks what 'Yom Haatzmaut' actually means... ... See MoreSee Less

What is the meaning of the term "Yom Ha'atzmaut"? You can access the full transcript here: chiefrabbi.org/article/dvar-torah-parshat-tazriah-metzorah-yom-haatzmaut/

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This week Tanya Garber, Rebbetzen of Shenley US, has baked a challah in the shape of a key and another with a key on top...

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This is SCHLISSEL CHALLAH (Key Challah). It is an Ashkenazi custom to make it in the first week after Pesach. Find out more here: bit.ly/2pM1d2W

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What's a bit of cloud when you've got #Shabbat? A big and bready #ShabbatShalom from the #ShabbatUK team!

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Music video for “Mah Nishtanah," performed with the human voice and objects from the Seder table. Tag the person who'll be singing this at your Seder, and don't forget to like and share! Lyrics and translation here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Nishtana Video by Uri Westrich [email protected] Download this track for FREE here: www.cdbaby.com/cd/maccabeats21 Website: www.maccabeats.com Bookings: [email protected] Tour dates: www.maccabeats.com/events/tour Facebook: www.facebook.com/maccabeats Twitter: www.twitter.com/maccabeats Instagram: www.instagram.com/maccabeats Grab our (all a cappella) music here: iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/artist/maccabeats/id367163195 CDBaby: www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Maccabeats ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­-- Arranged by Julian Horowitz Recorded at Maccabeats Studios Additional recording by Mordy Weinstein for MaxMord Studios Edited and mixed by Alex Green for Plaid Productions Special thanks to the Westrich family Happy Passover and Chag Kasher V'Sameach!

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The #Shabbat before Pesach is called 'Shabbat HaGadol' or literally 'The Great Sabbath'. Chief Rabbi Mirvis discusses one of the reasons given for this in his #DvarTorah for this week... ... See MoreSee Less

Parashat Tzav: Why this will be a great Shabbat. You can access the full transcript here: chiefrabbi.org/article/dvar-torah-parashat-tzav-shabbat-hagadol/

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It's that time of the week again! Slow down, refuel and enjoy the best day of the week. #ShabbatShalom from the #ShabbatUK team! Find out what time #Shabbat comes in where you are: www.myzmanim.com/search.aspx

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It's that time of the week again! Slow down, refuel and enjoy the best day of the week. #ShabbatShalom from the #ShabbatUK team!

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Parashat Vayikra: Teachers are the key to our future. You can access the full transcript here: chiefrabbi.org/article/dvar-torah-parashat-vayikra-2/

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Here's to a calm and peaceful #Shabbat.

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As Shabbat goes out this weekend, Purim will begin! Hear what Chief Rabbi Mirvis has to say about it in his D'var Torah... ... See MoreSee Less

Purim: The holiest day of the year? You can access the full transcript here: chiefrabbi.org/article/dvar-torah-purim/

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