Jewish Values

Talking about God is the last taboo

By Naftali Brawer, September 4, 2013

There is a telling scene in Joseph Heller’s classic Catch 22 where the idiosyncratic Colonel Cathcart asks his chaplain to come up with a prayer to recite before sending the men on bombing missions. The chaplain suggests a number of sombre psalms which the colonel angrily rejects. “Haven’t you got anything humorous that stays away from waters and valleys and God?” he says.


Giving organs should be the donor’s choice

By Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild, July 28, 2013

The book of Leviticus instructs us “Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbour” (19:16) and tradition takes this obligation so seriously that we find this mitzvah extended from being obligated to save life to being duty bound to hire others if necessary in order to help us (Sefer Hachinuch 237).


Queen's Birthday Honours 2013: Thank you, ma’am — we are honoured

By Jennifer Lipman, June 20, 2013

The contribution of British Jews to the nation’s cultural life was recognised as the director of Tate Modern, the sculptor Anish Kapoor, actress Claire Bloom and the founder of the Jewish Film festival were included in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours List.


Can Jewish life flourish if God is on the sidelines

By Simon Rocker, June 2, 2013

I once heard a rabbi say in his Shabbat morning sermon : “Without God, Judaism falls down like a pack of cards.” There was a time when such a comment would seem so self-evident that you would wonder why anyone would make it.


Thank you for helping my mum

By Jonni Berger, May 17, 2013

What do a student in Birmingham, a tour guide in Jerusalem, a housewife in Bournemouth, a doctor in Sydney, a teacher in Bushey, an actor in Finchley and a rabbi in New York have in common? If they're Jewish, maybe religion?


Jewish Policy Research conducts its biggest survey

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2013

The largest survey of British Jews in two decades was launched this week by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.

Members of the community will be invited at random to take part in the online questionnaire over the next two months, which will be conducted in association with pollsters Ipso-Mori.


We must take a stand against settler violence

By Simon Rocker, April 27, 2013

Acouple of months ago a young Arab woman from Qalansuwa in central Israel set off to do what we would consider a mitzvah. She was a teacher of Arabic in a Jewish school and she went with a Jewish friend to go to the shivah of a colleague in Jerusalem.


New Jewish Leadership Council members

February 15, 2013

The Jewish Leadership Council has announced two new appointments to its Vice-Presidents Group.

Gillian Merron is a former MP for Lincoln, a member of Liberal Judaism’s Board of National Officers and an active member of the Lincolnshire Jewish Community.


Business ethics are too precious to sideline

By Simon Rocker, January 18, 2013

The incoming Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, seems cut from a different cloth from his predecessor. Whereas Dr Rowan Williams is a poetry-writing scholar with better Hebrew than most of us, the Bishop of Durham’s pre-clerical career as an oil executive has marked him as a man of more worldly experience.


Lord Sacks: religion can help sustain welfare state

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2012

Lord Sacks has described religion as "the redemption of our solitude" during a parliamentary debate on the role of faith in society.