Rabbi Dweck launches new education programme

The Sephardi leader invites members of his community to join him in a 'voyage of discovery'


Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi of the S & P Sephardi Community, has announced the launch of a fresh educational initiative, inviting members to join him on a “voyage of discovery”.

In an address to the congregation at Lauderdale Road Synagogue in Maida Vale, on Kol Nidre, he said the new programme, called Morasha — which means “inheritance — was “for everyone”.

The Sephardi leader was embroiled in controversy earlier this year after comments he made about people with homosexual feelings in a lecture led to condemnation of his teachings from various Orthodox rabbis.

The row was eventually defused when Rabbi Dweck acknowledged mistakes before a rabbinical panel convened by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and suggested submitting the content of public lectures in advance to a senior colleague.

For Morasha, Rabbi Dweck will circulate a text every month at Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) with suggestions for discussion and follow it up with a later lecture.

The first text will consist of passages from the American author Herman Wouk’s book, The Will to Live On, which Rabbi Dweck said, “beautifully explains the nature of the Written and the Oral Law”.

His first lecture in the series will take place at Lauderdale Road on November 15.

“From the bottom of my heart, I call you all to action,” he told congregants. “Men and women , young and old, nourish your souls. Our Sephardi heritage is at stake. We must fortify it, we must learn.”

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