Christianity

Christian tourism to Israel booming

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2012

Christian tourism to Israel is booming, according to new figures released by the country's tourism ministry.

In a poll conducted earlier this month, it emerged that 58 per cent of all visitors to the Jewish state were Christians travelling to see sites including the sea of Galilee and Bethlehem.

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Board of Deputies welcomes Methodist interfaith group

By Anna Sheinman, October 11, 2012

The president of the Board of Deputies, Vivian Wineman, has welcomed the creation of a new Jewish-Christian interfaith organisation. He said that the Methodist Friends of Judaism (MFJ) “represents a vital step in the process of bridge-building. It is asking brave questions, at a time when many have decided to remain silent.”

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Succot's spirit of thanksgiving

By John Sentamu, October 5, 2012

"We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the ground…" This is the time of year when succahs are built, lulavs are waved and, in churches and schools across the country, tins of baked beans and other produce are collected and distributed. What a fantastic time of celebration!

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Should we listen to Christian music — and if so, how?

By James Inverne, September 28, 2012

Just because it's Christian music, doesn't mean that it isn't kosher.

I like to think that I have a voice. I mean, sure, that impression is magnified when I'm singing in the shower, where I can cover everything from a thunderous basso profundo to a limpid Schubert tenor (even - if I'm honest and making my way methodically through an opera scene while cleansing - the odd soprano moment).

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‘Jesus is a monkey’ sprayed on Israel monastery

By Sandy Rashty, September 5, 2012

A CATHOLIC monastery in Israel was attacked by vandals on Tuesday.

The culprits sprayed anti-Christian graffiti messages on walls of the Trappist monastery at Latrun, west of Jerusalem, and set fire to its doors.

Police were called in by monks who put out the fire, which was believed to have been started at 3.30am.

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Baptism of Jewish child: her grandfather speaks out

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2012

The paternal grandfather of a Jewish 10-year-old who was given a judge's permission to be baptised has spoken for the first time to reveal his family's sorrow and criticise the judge for the decision.

Judge John Platt told the child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, that she should be "baptised... as soon as your minister feels you are ready".

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Religion is not a childish choice

By Deborah Levy, August 19, 2012

As a mother of two daughters aged 21 and 17, I sometimes cast my mind back to the things they so desperately wanted when they were 10. Among their many requests, I recall my eldest pleading to leave choir and my youngest demanding more ear piercings.

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Judge right in conversion case

By Jonathan Goldberg, August 9, 2012

The case of the Jewish girl, "C", who wants to be baptised against her mother's will, has achieved great publicity this week, with criticism directed at the judge who ruled on it.

Judge Platt's decision is fact specific and creates no binding precedent whatsoever.

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A bad judgment

August 9, 2012

The National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children has a series of useful guidelines relating to the age of consent, criminal responsibility and the like. It stresses the importance of listening to the wishes of the child. However, it goes on to say, "the authorities have a duty to act in the best interests of the child, which may mean contradicting their wishes."

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Rabbis' rage after judge insists that a girl of 10 can convert

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

Rabbis have criticised a judge for ruling that a Jewish 10-year-old from Essex can convert to Christianity against the wishes of her mother and all four grandparents.

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