About Rabbi Schochet
Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet arrived in the UK in 1991. Having previously served as assistant principal of Oholei Torah Boys School in New York, he assumed the position as Minister of the Richmond Synagogue in Southwest London for two years, while also teaching Advanced Jewish Studies at the Jews Free School. In 1993, at the age of 28, he was offered the position as rabbi of the Mill Hill Synagogue. His vibrancy and dynamism has resulted in a continuous growth of membership, now in excess of 3000 members
Ask The Rabbi
Who decides Charlie Gard’s life?
Dear Rabbi I was reading a lot about the Charlie Gard story and wondered about the Jewish perspective on who has the rights to determine the life of a baby – the parents or the doctors? Victor Dear Victor Neither the parents nor the doctors have the right to determine the life and death[…]
Is it acceptable to shoot wounded terrorists?
Dear Rabbi Is it acceptable for Israeli soldiers to shoot to kill would-be terrorists, especially when they could just maim them? Matthew Dear Matthew We abhor murder in the Jewish faith under all and any circumstances. So if you first maim the terrorist, then to walk up to him and terminate him in order to[…]
To Divorce or Not To Divorce?
Dear Rabbi My wife and I have a terrible relationship. We are fighting and screaming all the time. I think our marriage is doomed but I am concerned about the social stigma. We are a frum family and in our circle it will affect our two children as they grow up and want to marry.[…]
Dear Rabbi What’s the deal with drinking on Simchat Torah? I know there is a mitzvah on Purim but I have never seen a source to suggest the same for Simchat Torah. Is it really just an excuse for Rabbis to enjoy their tipple? Gerard Dear Gerard First, how dare you call my Knappogue[…]
Faith in Humanity
It’s a curious thing, Jews and charity. When the need arises we seem to always rise to the occasion – sometimes in ways most unexpected. This past Saturday night, Jan. 06 there was a most tragic event that occurred in the Mill Hill neighbourhood, just a stone’s through from my office. A gentleman, Vijay Patel,[…]
Is The Rubashkin Commutation a Cause for Celebration?
I have watched carefully the different responses to the case at hand. Many of course were dancing with jubilation. Others were quick to condemn such a reaction. When Jonathan Pollard was convicted of spying for Israel and then had the book thrown at him with a disproportionate and unprecedented sentence, the Jewish world rallied together.[…]