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שבת שלום

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Hebrew Date Sedra English Date
Shabbat 14 Ellul 5779 Ki Tetze Saturday 14th September 2019

When life gets busy with many distractions, I have a tendency to misplace objects: my keys, my mobile phone, my shopping list! I think most of us have had this experience, and even when the object is not especially essential, something feels out of kilter. Conversely, when a lost object is located or returned, the relief can be enormous, and order seems to be restored.

Ki Tetze, among its many mitzvot, includes the mitzvah of hashavat aveidah, the obligation to return lost objects to their owner. At first glance, hashavat aveidah seems somewhat trivial compared to the sedra’s other more global subjects like ethical business practice, family and marital relations and supporting the poor. Yet the Torah takes this mitzvah very seriously, describing the different circumstances that may apply to finding a lost object. The Torah even spells out the positive and negative versions of the mitzvah: not only are we obliged to return a lost object, but we are also forbidden to pretend that we didn’t see it. “Finders keepers, losers weepers” is not a Jewish concept. The mitzvah is not about the object, but about behaviour. Rashi notes that the examples of lost objects move from the specific to the general, and from the most to the least valuable: from various animals, to a garment, and finally to anything at all. It is not the nature or worth of the object that matters, rather it is the idea of restoring things to where they belong. Hashavat aveidah, like so many mitzvot, is in part about character development. If we make it a practice to respect the property and well-being of others, then good behaviour becomes part of us.

Extending the broad reading of hashavat aveidah, there are two aspects to this mitzvah. One is to return something that a person has unintentionally lost. The other is to save him from a potential, involuntary loss. For example, if he lives by a river that will flood if no action is taken, then the mitzvah of hashavat aveidah obligates you to do all you can to prevent his home from getting damaged and incurring him in financial loss.

The season of teshuvah that we have entered is also about return. One of our tasks at this period is to reclaim parts of ourselves that we may have misplaced during the course of the year and to commit ourselves to restoring those lost pieces to their rightful places.

Margery Cohen

Shabbat times this week

Shabbat begins in Pinner 6:01pm
Minchah and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00pm
Shacharit 9:30am
Shabbat Minchah 7:00pm
Shabbat ends and Ma'ariv 8:05pm

Service Times

      Morning Evening
Sunday  15th September 8.15am 7.15pm
Monday 16th September 6.50am 8.00pm
Tuesday 17th September 7.00am 8.00pm
Wednesday 18th September 7.00am 8.00pm
Thursday 19th September 6.50am 8.00pm
Friday 20th September 7.00am 6.50pm


Contact and Find Us

Pinner Synagogue

1 Cecil Park, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 5HJ
Tel: 020 8868 7204

Rabbi Ben Kurzer
Twitter: @RabbiKurzer

Rebbetzen Abi Kurzer

Community Administrator: Mrs Carolyn Abrahams

Office Hours
Monday to Thursday 8:30am - 12pm
Sunday 10am - 12pm


Any queries of a religious nature should be directed to the Wardens:

Gerald Isaac

Nigel Presky

Any community related matters should be direct to the Chairman

Events Coming Up

Starting at
Maturians : The Mersey Legends Tribute Cabaret 18 September 2019 - 7:00pm
Pinner LJW : Kings Cross and Regent Canal 22 September 2019 - 11:00am
Family Friendly Service : First Day Rosh Hashanah 30 September 2019 - 11:00am
Family Friendly Service : Second Day Rosh Hashanah 1 October 2019 - 11:00am
THI Friday : Vayeilech 2019 4 October 2019 - 6:00pm
Family Friendly Service : Yom Kippur 2019 9 October 2019 - 11:00am
Succot speaker : Rabbi Garry Wayland 17 October 2019 - 7:00pm
THI Friday : Chol Hamoed Succot 18 October 2019 - 6:00pm
Pizza in the Hut 2019 20 October 2019 - 11:00am
Pinner Synema : Leon The Pig Farmer 27 October 2019 - 7:30pm


Regular Events Running This Week

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On: 19 September 2019 - 10:00am