Hamaor Pesach 5780

When doing my Pesach shopping, I chaed with a lady who had just added some ready peeled and grated potatoes to her trolley. She explained with a smile that she is not normally so particular and uses her regular, chometz magimix for grating potatoes for Pesach, but now that the convenience is there – well, why not? There is no excuse. This made me ponder – surely the same applies to each of us, on our own level. Keeping Halochoh has never been easier. Learning Torah has never been more accessible. We have no excuse not to fortify ourselves spiritually and practically as we prepare for Pesach. This edition of Hamaor brings you both inspiration and information so that you can approach Pesach ready in every sense. I hope you will also savour it as a yom tov companion. We miss Judy Silkoff’s leadership and writing, but are blessed to have welcomed Nina Le Blanc, our new Operations Director, to the Hamaor team. Thanks must go to her for the eagle-eyed editing, as well as to Batsheva Pels for her tireless hard work which has really enhanced the magazine. Hamaor would also not look the way it does without the design talents of Ruth Collins. Pesach is a time for coming together and many have pooled their energy and ideas to bring you this edition of Hamaor. Wishing you a Kosheren Pesach, Rebbetzin Aviva Landau

Hamaor Rosh Hashanah 5780

People are often surprised to learn that we start preparing for the next edition of Hamaor while the previous edition is still flying off the shop shelves. I think it's fair to say that I'm working on the magazine for ten months out of 12.

Hamaor Pesach 5779

I recently attended a course where the participants were asked to ponder the concept of leadership and come up with a short definition. 

Hamaor Rosh Hashanah 5779

The theme of resilience is one that is repeated throughout this Rosh Hashanah edition of Hamaor. In Rabbi Gershon Miller’s thoughtful op-ed, he speaks of the terrible consequences of a lack of resilience in today’s young people.

Hamaor Pesach 5778

This edition of Hamaor should be reaching you sometime towards the end of March – chances are that Purim is already a distant memory and erev Pesach is creeping ever closer. But the work on the magazine you hold in your hands began many months ago, not long after the end of Succos, in fact.

Hamaor Rosh Hashanah 5778

The Rosh Hashanah edition of Hamaor is an expanded one in every sense of the word. For the first time, we introduce ‘Hamaor at Home’, a new supplement within the main magazine.

Hamaor Pesach 5777

The mere mention of even the first letter of the word Pesach strikes fear into the heart of Jewish women everywhere – nightmarish images of elusive pretzel crumbs loom large, and in many communities, the battle of the cleaning ladies begins.

Hamaor Rosh Hashanah 5777

It’s hard to believe this is the fourth edition of Hamaor that I have worked on since joining the Federation. As always, it’s been a pleasure to meet and interview the people featured in the magazine, who do so much for our kehilla.

Hamaor Pesach 5776

The cover of this edition of Hamaor is dedicated to the Federation’s newly appointed Dayan, Dayan Yehonoson Hool shlita, whom I was privileged to interview recently.
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