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Electric Light Orchestra Livin' Thing
Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic
The Fortunes You've Got Your Troubles
The Greatest Hits Of 1965, Premier
Matt Cardle Run For Your Life
(CD Single), Columbia, 1
Mica Paris My One Temptation
Heart & Soul - 40 Smooth Soul Grooves, Polygram Tv
Sophie B. Hawkins Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
Woman (Various Artists), Polygram Tv/Sony Tv
Nickelback When We Stand Together
(CD Single), Roadrunner, 1
Alicia Keys Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down
The Element Of Freedom, Sony Music, 14
Barry White You're The First, The Last, My Everything
Barry White - The Collection, Mercury
Dolly Parton The Sacrifice
Better Day, Sony, 1
Lighthouse Family Lifted
(CD Single), Polydor
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Dark Side Of Love
How I Go, Roadrunner, 1
Ringo Starr It Don't Come Easy
Sanford & Townsend Smoke From A Distant Fire
Smoke From A Distant Fire, Warner Bros, 1
Scritti Politti Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)
Now 1984 - The Millennium Series, Now
Juan Zelada The Blues Remain
High Ceilings & Collarbones, Decca, 2
Trace Adkins Then They Do
Smoove & Turrell Hard Work
Eccentric Audio, Jalapeno Records, 1
Elvis Presley Always On My Mind
Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA
Pause For Thought: Rabbi Rebeccca Qassim Birk
In the chill of this autumn morning I can just about remember that this past summer we camped a great deal. Breakfast and dinner, and lunch for that matter, in the open air makes you rather aware of what’s above and around you.
Every evening the colour of the sky and the quality of light became critical for anticipating the weather the next day. I developed a renewed respect for natural light. My day began when the sun rose and ended when darkness fell. The early morning light was a blessing and so was the setting of the sun. I was for a short while in a new rhythm dictated by the light. And both the light and the darkness were welcome and I and my fellow campers were grateful for both - strangely even in a British summer.
I heard an anecdote of an apartheid prisoner incarcerated with a light that shone in his cell 24 hours a day for 25 years. When finally released, and asked what he would most like, he replied without hesitation ‘Darkness’! Darkness is as much of a blessing as light. We need both.
The Prophet Isaiah insisted about God, “I create light and darkness, good times and bad times”. The Bible offers an emotional echo that extends way beyond its original context to the fullness of life. With light comes darkness and both are valuable.
This week brings with it Simchat Torah, the festival of celebrating the Torah, the first 5 books of the Hebrew Bible. Our tradition describes it as ‘black fire on white fire’ - the black words in ink on the parchment, which hold their own meaning - and the white spaces between the words that shine like light, conveying an even deeper message.
One of our scholars said of the Torah: “Turn it and turn it again, for everything is in it.” And the same could be said of our experiences in life – reflect on them, pore over them and learn from them. Both the darkness and the light.