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March 05 Kosherpages launches 

December 05 - KP goes national.

June 06 - KP launches business networking events

January 07 - 1st B2B tradeshow

January 08 - 1st Kosher Lifestyle Show

August 08 - Parent & child networking event at the Odeon Manchester

September 08
- Launch of new film review section

September 08 - KP announces The Fed as chosen charity for this year

November 08 - Launch of new Medical Blog By Dr. Martin Harris

March 09 - Kosher Lifestyle Show Manchester

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Never Judge!

Thursday, 5th May 2016

Run Rabbi Run

Tuesday, 26th April 2016

Run Rabbi Run by Rabbi Yoel Gold

If a raging sea is blocking you, sometimes the best thing to do is to jump in.
 

Click the image below to watch the inspirational video

Freedom

Tuesday, 19th April 2016

 

 

How does the dicitionary define freedom? 

“The condition of being free of restraints.” 

Free from restrictions, no limitations, the ability to do or say whatever I want, whenever I want and with whomever I want. If we did a survey in the high street of any city or town this is probably what most of the general public would answer. 

But we wouldn't tell our child that they could do what ever they wanted and go to bed whenever they feel like. This would quickly lead to anarchy and a corruption of the child's personality. 

Therefore we see that restrictions are set in place for a reason. They are not there to make your life worse. The father who teaches his son to think before speaking his mind is training his son to be a mentch and have good manners and is restricting his complete freedom out of love. 

Another example; If Mozart got up on stage and played any note that he felt like, he’d probably clear the theatre in a matter of minutes. He sticks to the notes in a scale for a reason. But hang on - isn't his freedom restricted because he can't play whatever note he likes. 

On the contrary, by restricting his freedom he produces a really beautiful piece. 

This is seen throughout the entire world. Freedom of speech can be misunderstood to mean that you can speak about whatever you want, but the sensitive person understands that sometimes it is better not to say something, if it will cause offence for example. 

For me, this answers one of the most fundamental questions. Judaism is a great religion, with a huge emphasis on family cohesion, respecting your parents and treating others as you want to be treated yourself. So what’s with all the limitations, like not doing anything on Shabbat? 

With our new definition of freedom we can begin to understand it from a more mature angle. The commandments aren’t there to make your life a boring misery. Why would an all good, all loving G-d want to do that? Rather they are guidelines to help extract the best qualities from us and switch off our phones and TV's in order to spend time with the family and re-connect to what is truly important. Shabbat gets us to focus on the spiritual and most importantly on our relationship with G-d. 

The true freedom and happiness we are all looking for can only be achieved through restrictions on our innate urge to act as we please.

The Power of Speech

Wednesday, 13th April 2016

A group of frogs were travelling through the woods, and two of them 
fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit 
was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The 
two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit 
with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, 
that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took 
heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down 
and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, 
the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He 
jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the 
other frogs said, "Did you not hear us?" The frog explained to 
them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the 
entire time.

This story teaches two lessons:

1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging 
word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it 
through the day.

2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes 
to kill them.    

Shine a little light

Thursday, 7th April 2016

Despite facing one of life's most difficult challenges,
Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz continues to inspire all those
who come in contact with him to greater joy and faith.  
Click the image below to watch the video of his inspiring story.  

Click the second image to watch the video of the song he wrote being performed by various artists, Shine a little light

 

Going to Shul!

Wednesday, 30th March 2016

There was a couple who went through the Holocaust. Before the Holocaust, they were fully observant of Torah and Mitzvos. After the Holocaust, unfortunately, the husband lost faith and said "That's it! I've had it with G-d!" The husband gave up everything in terms of religious practice and belief.

His wife did not have that reaction. She begged her husband -- "At least go to Shul - Synagogue." The husband refused. This went on for a while. Finally the wife said to the husband, "Listen, do me a favour. Every morning you go out and buy a newspaper and you read it from cover to cover. Humour me, when you pick up the paper at the newsstand, rather than coming home to read it, go to Shul and read the paper in Shul - just to make me happy!"

The husband wanted to please his wife. He spent the time reading the newspaper anyway, so he agreed to her proposal. He would go to Shul every morning, sit in the back row and read the paper. This went on for years.

Now ask yourselves: If you saw a fellow come into the back row of your shul every morning, not put on Tallit (prayer shawl) or Tefillin (Phylacteries), not take a Siddur (prayer book) off the shelf, but simply make himself comfortable and read the newspaper for 45 minutes, what would your reaction be?

Most likely our reaction would be very negative. "If you want to read the newspaper, go home and read the newspaper! How dare you be so disrespectful of this holy synagogue?"

To their credit the people in this particular Shul did not say anything critical to this individual. They did not chastise him. They began to schmooze with him, they invited him to join them for a l'chaim (drink) after davening (prayers) when someone had a Yahrtzeit (Anniversary of death), they invited him to join them in social gatherings. To make a long story short, this Holocaust survivor went from reading the newspaper in the back row of the Shul every day to davening in Shul three times a day! Eventually, he even became president of the Shul.

Kay Wilson - a survivor talks ...

Thursday, 24th March 2016

Kay Wilson, survivor of a horrendous terror attack in Israel, speaking outside the UN building in Geneva at Stand With Us rally ... click the image below to watch the video and listen to her inspirational words ...

Jewish People are Connected

Wednesday, 16th March 2016

 

Jewish People are Connected: An Amazing True Story by Rabbi Yoel Gold
How a baby-naming united hearts and transcended borders.

Click the image below to watch the video

Mattress stuffed with treasure!

Thursday, 10th March 2016

 

Workers at Yad Sarah returned treasure trove found inside donated hospital bed back to family.

Click the image below to read the story.

The stranger

Wednesday, 2nd March 2016

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on. 

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. 
My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. 

But the stranger... he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind. 

Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet.
Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honour them. 
Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home - not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our long time visitor, however, got away with words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush.
My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. 
He talked freely (much too freely!). His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing. 

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked ... And NEVER asked to leave. 

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name? .... We just call him 'TV.' 
(Note: This should be required reading for every household!) 
He has a wife now....we call her 'Computer.' 
Their first child is "Cell Phone". His Girlfriend was Facebook!! 
Second child "I Pod " 
And JUST BORN LAST YEAR WAS a Grandchild: 
IPAD
HOW TRUE THIS IS!!! 

 

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