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Canary Wharf Multifaith Chaplaincy http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:30:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Parshat Emor http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/emor/ http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/emor/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 14:13:13 +0000 http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/?p=1037 Continue reading ]]> For six days you may perform creative work, but the seventh day is a complete rest day, a holy occasion; you shall not perform any work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places. (Leviticus 18:19)

The Torah refers to Shabbat as a ‘holy occasion’ and indeed, there are many references to Shabbat as a day of sublime spiritual connection. Yet in contrast, we are commanded to do some very physical, ordinary things such as eating three meals. These meals form an essential part of Shabbat. How can we be commanded to indulge in the finest food and drink on such a holy day, infused with spirituality?

Every Shabbat in the Temple, the priests would set up the lechem hapanim (Showbread), twelve loaves of bread baked with frankincense (see Leviticus 24:7). The reason that our challot are plaited was to represent these twelve loaves; each of the two challot would contain six plaits, giving a total of twelve.

Rabbi Aharon of Belz (d. 1957) explains that for the showbread, the bread represented the physical act of eating which maintains and elevates our bodies while the frankincense gives off a pleasant aroma. The Gemara (Berachot 43b) explains that pleasant aromas do not give sustenance to the body, they only benefit the soul.

Shabbat contains both components; it nourishes our bodies and souls. This is how we can spend the holiest day enjoying the greatest delicacies and fine wines, preparing us both physically and spiritually for the next week ahead.

 

Shabbat Shalom

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Parshat Kedoshim http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/parshat-kedoshim/ http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/parshat-kedoshim/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:05:22 +0000 http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/?p=1033 Continue reading ]]> Kedoshim

You shall love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 18:19)

Rebbi Akiva is quotes this verse as the greatest principle in the Torah (Sifra 4:2). British Philosopher Anthony Flew referred to this as the Golden Rule or the Ethic of Reciprocity and it is at the centre many systems of ethics from ancient Babylon to modern day paganism.

Yet what is less familiar is that in the same midrash quoting Rebbi Akiva’s view is followed by the dissenting voice of Ben Azzai who claims that the verse ‘These are the generations of Adam…’ (Genesis 5:1) is a greater still as it highlights the fact that one person populated the entire world and brought forth great people and great nations. So too, we have enormous power as individuals to impact the world around us. Rebbi Akiva focuses outwards to show care for the other while Ben Azzai looks inwards towards the individual self.

In reality, Ben Azzai has a good point; how are we to love our neighbour and care for the needs of others if we have no self respect? Yet we usually excel at looking after our own interests as mankind will naturally value himself above others. The greater test is whether we are able to reflect that value towards others, especially those who are different to us. Rebbi Akiva shows preference to that mode of thought because it unnatural and therefore more challenging.

We cannot show love to others without recognising our own self worth, but if we only focus inwardly we will never achieve our true potential.

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Passover http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/passover/ http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/passover/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:10:45 +0000 http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/?p=1027 Continue reading ]]> The eight-day holiday of Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. It lasts for eight days outside Israel, and both the first two days and the last two days are festivals which are observed as days of rest in which no work is done.

Jews hold a special meal called a Seder (from the Hebrew word “order”) on the first two nights of Passover at which participants tell the story of the exodus from Egypt from a text called the Haggadah.

Since the Jewish calendar combines both lunar-solar aspects, the dates of all Jewish festivals change from year to year although remain in a particular season. Passover will always occur in the springtime around March or April.

In 2014, Passover begins at sundown on Monday, April 14 and ends at sundown on Tuesday, April 22. Also note that in Israel, the holiday of Passover is celebrated for seven days with the first and seventh days observed as festival days.

In order to commemorate the Jews who left Egypt so quickly that they did not have time to let their bread rise, Jews eat only unleavened bread, called matzah, and abstain from leavened products (chametz in Hebrew) such as regular flour based cake, biscuits and pasta for the duration of Passover. Jews also observe the holiday by ridding their homes of all leaven.

It is important to note that some Jews who do not keep kosher (observe Jewish food laws) throughout the year might still follow Passover’s dietary restrictions. When scheduling events where food is present during Passover, it is important to be aware that Jewish co-workers may be observing Passover traditions and have dietary restrictions that they do not have at other times of the year.

During the Passover season, Jewish employees may request time off work to attend a Seder, observe the holiday, or even to prepare for the holiday. It is appropriate to wish a co-worker Happy Passover or Chag Sameach, which means “joyous festival” in Hebrew.

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Common Faith Covenant http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/common-faith-covenant/ http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/common-faith-covenant/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:15:51 +0000 http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/?p=969 Continue reading ]]>

The vision for this covenant came from Canary Wharf Chaplaincy, with the assistance of the Institute of Business Ethics. Senior business executives of different Abrahamic faith groups came together from a variety of financial and professional services firms based in Canary Wharf. Their conversations led to the following covenant being agreed as a positive framework for doing business.

We invite you to sign up to the Common Faith Covenant to receive a Covenant Card to keep in your wallet or purse. Signing up to the Covenant you promise to:

  • Live by the principles of openness, fairness, mutual respect and stewardship
  • Treat other people as you would want them to treat you
  • If necessary, have courage to speak up
  • Be accountable to God in all you do

To Sign up and request a Covenant Card go to the website

 

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Lent Message Rev Mgr. Dr. Vladimir Felzmann, Catholic Chaplain, Canary Wharf Chaplaincy http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/lent-message-rev-mgr-dr-vladimir-felzmann-catholic-chaplain-canary-wharf-chaplaincy/ http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/lent-message-rev-mgr-dr-vladimir-felzmann-catholic-chaplain-canary-wharf-chaplaincy/#comments Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:02:55 +0000 http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/?p=840 Continue reading ]]> When God surprised us

With the unexpected gift

Of The Passion, Death and Resurrection of His Son

Jesus, Christ

And then

The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

 

Why not

Every day in Lent

Try to surprise those around you

With just one unexpected gift of

Courtesy, generosity or service.

 

“For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.”

[Attributed to St Francis of Assisi]

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Wedding Preparation 2 things to include http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/wedding-preparation-2-things-to-include/ http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/wedding-preparation-2-things-to-include/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:14:10 +0000 http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/?p=722 Continue reading ]]> I have had several conversations recently around two particular issues that can cause friction within a marriage or relationships. If you are planning to have some help preparing for your marriage and life together, in addition to the issues usually covered within a marriage preparation course, you may wish to considered a couple of others. If this not your first marriage and their are children from previous relationships make sure you make a ‘will’ including the children. I recently had a conversation which a person whose brother had died with out making a will and his children were not provided for. Also money can be a real cause of friction, particularly for some it is an issue if the woman earns more than the man and the couple want to start a family.

If you are considering getting married (either in civil or religious ceremonies) and you would like to have a couple of informal sessions to help you prepare for this new chapter of your lives together, the please do contact us at the Canary Wharf Chaplaincy.

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Ash Wednesday Mass at 13.00 and 17.30 http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/ash-wednesday-mass-at-13-00-and-17-30/ http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/ash-wednesday-mass-at-13-00-and-17-30/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 10:57:23 +0000 http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/?p=718 Continue reading ]]> The Canary Wharf Chaplaincy will be having two services for Ash Wednesday to commemorate the beginning of Lent. The 13.00 Mass  in the Canary Wharf Prayer Room Churchill Place Mall ( see map), all you need to do is just turn up. For the 17.30 Mass which is being held in Barclays, 1  Churchill Place -  you will need to register to gain access to the building. Please register through the CWCC website.

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Tower Hamlets Mayor welcomes new bishop http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/tower-hamlets-mayor-welcomes-new-bishop/ http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/tower-hamlets-mayor-welcomes-new-bishop/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2012 14:22:58 +0000 http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/?p=708 Continue reading ]]> Bishop Adrian Newman the who began as new Bishop of Stepney  was welcomed formally by the Mayor and the faith communities of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The East End life carried this as a feature. For more information please go to link.

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Opportunities to Study at Heythrop College http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/opportunities-to-study-at-heythrop-college/ http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/opportunities-to-study-at-heythrop-college/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:06:14 +0000 http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/?p=697 Continue reading ]]> Heythrop College has a number of Postgraduate Open Evenings in 2012 and invite people to attend who may be interested in one of their MA programmes- click here for more details. Heythrop College has specialised in Philosophy and Theology since1614 and now has an international reputation for academic excellence as a College of the University of London. It is located on in Kensington.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/holocaust-memorial-day-27-january/ http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/blog/holocaust-memorial-day-27-january/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2012 12:32:40 +0000 http://www.canarywharfchaplaincy.co.uk/?p=692 Continue reading ]]> There are a number of events taking place in Tower Hamlets to mark this years commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day. Including an art exhibition and talks  see the following link further information .

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