Bible

Dark story behind the festival of love

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2014

Tu b’Av, which falls today, is probably the least-known festival on the Jewish calendar. Probably only regular daveners of shacharit will notice because the prayers of supplication which would normally be said that morning are omitted.

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Should faith schools be able to drop evolution?

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2014

The children and their adult escorts have gathered beneath the long bony neck of Dippy the diplodocus, the giant replica skeleton which stands in the lobby of the Natural History Museum. Sunday morning cheder for these pupils from Belsize Square Synagogue is not going to be in class.

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Sexist ark larks in Russell Crowe's Noah

By David Aaronovitch, April 10, 2014

I like a nice inundation, so on Sunday afternoon I went with my youngest daughter, Eve, to see Noah.
For those of you unfamiliar with the story, it’s about how a supreme deity — fed up with humanity’s wicked ways — sends a flood to drown everything on earth.

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The tablet that altered the story of Noah's Ark

By Sandy Rashty, February 17, 2014

The story of Noah’s Ark has always captivated the minds of children. Many have walked animal miniatures two-by-two into toy boats, as they imagine the vessel that saved believers from 40 rainy days and nights of flood.

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Camel study ‘disproves’ the Bible narrative

By Nathan Jeffay, February 13, 2014

In Genesis, Rebecca travels by camel to meet her groom-to-be, Isaac. Jacob fled his father-in-law Laban by camel, and there are numerous other references to the humped animals in the Bible.

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What caused Noah's flood? Vegetarianism

By David Robson, January 17, 2014

My friend Ian Jack is a brilliant writer who performs in the Guardian newspaper every Saturday. A fortnight ago he announced his New Year’s intention to help save the planet by going vegetarian. Cows were a disaster — too hungry, he said, and too gassy; environmentally pigs were far more righteous. I pointed out that this was not good for the Jews.

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Superstorm Sandy stops filming of Aronofsky's Noah's Ark epic

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2012

In what could be termed an ironic case of life imitating art, filming of a biblical epic telling the story of Noah and his ark was put on hold this week due to Superstorm Sandy.

Darren Aronofsky's film, starring Russell Crowe as Noah, was due to be filmed on Monday at locations in New York.

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Why the Bible should give food for thought

By Simon Rocker, October 25, 2012

When rabbis deliver their sermons tomorrow, many will take a passage from the weekly Torah portion and make some link with a contemporary issue or event. The assumption that the biblical texts have something to say to us thousands of years after they emerged is so natural to us that we hardly give it second thought.

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The idea that faith ignores at its peril

By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, October 11, 2012

Nothing is such a test of our humanity, and religion, as whether we can be true to the first mention of the human being in the Bible. It’s not a commandment, just a statement: God makes man in God’s image.

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Baywatch beauty injured in search for Noah's Ark

By Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2012

Former Baywatch star Donna D’Errico sustained severe injuries after a nasty fall on Mt Ararat this week while searching for Noah’s Ark.

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