Judaism features

A Palestinian state will give us peace of mind

By Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, September 8, 2011

In recent years it seems that there has been a growing division within the diaspora Jewish community between the supporters of a "secure" Israel, on the one hand, and the promoters of a "just" Israel, on the other. But the landscape of Jewish attitudes has been changing.


Meet America's top congregational rabbi

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2011

A couple of years ago, Rabbi Norman Lamm, the respected chancellor of Yeshiva University, caused a stir when he predicted the demise of non-Orthodox Judaism in the USA. It would soon be time to say Kaddish over the Conservative and Reform movements, he told the Jerusalem Post.

Certainly, Conservative Judaism appears to be in the grip of accelerating decline.


Will science prove God's existence?

By Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman, August 18, 2011

It was early February 1971. The three-man Apollo 14 crew had just completed their mission and were returning home. Edgar D. Mitchell, the lunar module pilot, gazed out of the window of the command module Kitty Hawk as it hurtled towards its landing target in the Pacific Ocean.


Why rabbis should put their courts in order

By Daniel Greenberg, August 11, 2011

The use of religion as a tool of oppression of women is hardly a new concern.


Can it still be right to mourn for Jerusalem?

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, August 4, 2011

Legend has it that the Emperor Napoleon came to Jerusalem on the fast of Tishah b'Av.


How a library gained from a billionaire's gift

By Jack Shamash, July 21, 2011

At the back of the London Library, in a locked section of shelving in an area known as level seven, is one of the most unusual collections of modern Jewish literature. The Montefiore collection contains a diverse assortment of almost 4,982 pamphlets, dealing with everything from the condition of women in Judaism to the order of service for Progressive synagogues.


How Islam helped to beautify our shuls

By Stephen Games, July 14, 2011

The Synagogues of Britain and Ireland
Sharman Kadish; Yale, £45

Diaspora Jews have always built in the manner of the communities among whom they have lived. In fact, until the 20th century, most synagogue architects were non-Jews.


Would the rabbis allow teachers to go on strike?

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, July 7, 2011

When Judge Brandeis saw the behaviour of Jewish workers, he was shocked. While touring the New York slums to investigate the 1910 garment workers strike, he expected to see the usual displays of deference by workers towards their employers, but the Jewish workers were different.


How the stars can shed new light on the Torah

June 30, 2011

Recent scientific advances have transformed our understanding of the universe and our place within it.


The Jews who take off their shoes for shul

June 23, 2011

In August a rare event will take place in Daly City, California: after a year of intense study, some 20 people from across the world - including Russia, Australia and the UK - will swear fealty to Karaite Judaism.

It will be only the third known conversion ceremony since 1465 performed by the Karaites, the ancient sect that differs from Orthodoxy in not recognising the divine authority of the O