Collective Worship

Collective Worship/Thought for The Week  2016-17

Week Begining Theme

5 September

New Year Fresh Start

12 September

Importance of Education

“ If you do not suffer the toil of study you will suffer the toil of ignorance “

19 September

King David Values

 “Who acts from love is greater than who acts from fear.”   Talmud, Sota

26 September


 “One of Judaism’s principal affirmations is that man is created “in the image of G-d,” and therefore of inherent dignity and value. For the Bible is trying to teach us that all people stem from the same mould and have the same ancestry; all are, therefore, equal and we all together contribute to a better world.”

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

3 October

Rosh Hashanah – Renewal and Reflection

10 October

Yom Kippur

17 October

Succot/Shemeni Azeret Simchat Torah
1 November


 “A little bit of light pushes away a lot of darkness” – Jewish proverb
7 November Sacrifice/ Remembrance
14 November

Anti-bullying  The Power for Good

Don’t do unto others what you would not want do to you – that is the whole Torah; the rest is commentary”

(Rabbi Hillel - Babylonian Talmud, Shabbos 31a).
21 November

If it’s worth doing do it well

Hillel “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now when?” Ethics of the Fathers 1:14

28 November


“Don’t be afraid of discovering that the ‘real you’ may be different than the ‘current you.’” Rabbi Noah Weinberg"
5 December

Be Understanding

Yehoshua ben Perachia said: Make for yourself a rabbi, acquire for yourself a friend, and judge every person favorably.”

Pirkei Avot 1:6b
12 December


"We are a light unto the nations." (Isaiah 42:6) Jewish law consistently exhorts us to act in a way which will affect and inspire all the world as a holy and upright people

19 December

Chanukah/Christmas-  Giving

9 January Tolerance- “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”  Hebrew Proverb
16 January Seeing the Whole Picture- "Blessed are You, G-d, Who forms light and creates darkness..." It means that darkness is not a negative, but rather is a necessary step along the path toward light. Only because of our limited perception, do we perceive the darkness as an end unto itself.
23 January

Holocaust Memorial “ I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining.

"I believe in love, even though I don't feel it.

"I believe in G-d, even when he is silent." Prayer on wall of Auschwitz
30 January

Success "A righteous man falls down seven times and gets up." – King Solomon, Proverbs, 24:16.

6 February Gossip “Evil gossip kills three: the one who says it, the one who listens, and the subject of the gossip “ Talmud
13 February Helping Hands / Tu Bishavt - Helping Nature  – “To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens.”
27 February Compassion – “It is important to cultivate compassion for our own humanity. When our hearts open to our own suffering, we begin to be also more accepting of others and to realise that they too have the same struggles.” Rabbi Jeff Roth
6 March Envy – “A heart at peace gives life to the body but envy rots the bones” Proverbs 14:30”
13 March Purim – The Power of Good over Evil –“For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” Deuteronony 20:4
20 March Resiliance - Judaism teaches us that we always need to become greater, bigger, better. You have to expand in order to be able to contain the new you, shattered or broken though you may feel.
27 March Preparation – “Those too lazy to plough in the right season will have no food at the harvest.” Proverbs 20:4
3 April Courage – “When you have no choice mobilise the spirit of courage. Courage is a kingdom without a crown.” Jewish Proverb
6 April Pesach/Easter Assembly