Shabbat

MP to intervene in benefit row

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 1, 2013

An MP has intervened in the dispute over observant Jews being denied jobseekers allowance because they refuse to work on Shabbat.

In June, a Charedi man won a landmark appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions after he was told by a job centre in Prestwich, north Manchester, that he was not eligible for the allowance.

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Burglar who struck on Shabbat gets six years

By Anna Sheinman, April 18, 2013

A burglar who stole precious Judaica from Jewish homes on Shabbat when he knew the owners could not use the phone to alert the police, has been jailed for six years.

James Williams, 53, committed five burglaries in Hackney, east London over two Shabbats in October last year, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

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How the eruv liberated families on Shabbat

By Simon Rocker, February 7, 2013

Every morning when I walk to the station on the way to work, I pass a tall green pole outside a pub. It is linked from the top to a second pole on the opposite side of the road by a slender, almost invisible wire. It looks like the training apparatus for a lightweight tightrope walker. You probably wouldn’t notice it from the surrounding lampposts if you didn’t know why it was there.

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Rules for the Shabbat Olympics

By Neil Abrahams, July 26, 2012

Today, in case you hadn't heard, the London Olympic Games will commence.

To celebrate, and in recognition of the proximity of some of our shuls to some of the events, wouldn't it be fitting if we were to hold an "Olympic Shabbat" this weekend?

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Wanted: a Kindle you can read on Shabbat

By Dr Harry Freedman, June 14, 2012

The Jewish relationship with books goes back to Moses. We are known as the People of the Book. So it’s a fair bet that Jews will play a significant part in the massive upheaval that the Kindle and other digital book readers are bringing about in the publishing world.

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Chattering classes

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

By all accounts, the congregation at Western Marble Arch on Shabbat for a 250th anniversary service for the Western Synagogue proved to be a noisy bunch. It took a quiet reminder from Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks in the pulpit before the errant tongues finally came to rest.

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Who will be the chief behind the Chief?

March 29, 2012

It's not usual for a columnist of my stature to debase himself by commenting on actual "news", but I feel I must throw my two shekels worth at the vexed question of the appointment of the next Chief Rebbetzin. Besides, it's hardly news any more.

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Chief praises 'great rav'

By Caron Kemp, March 22, 2012

Inducting Rabbi Danny Bergson as minister of Pinner Synagogue on Sunday, Lord Sacks said the congregation had got what it deserved - "a great rav".

Rabbi Bergson and his wife Anna would be "great energisers of this community. I wish them and their children many years of happiness here."

The Chief Rabbi also told the 400 guests that he had "known Pinner since 1974.

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Chief praises 'great rav'

By Caron Kemp, March 22, 2012

Inducting Rabbi Danny Bergson as minister of Pinner Synagogue on Sunday, Lord Sacks said the congregation had got what it deserved - "a great rav".

Rabbi Bergson and his wife Anna would be "great energisers of this community. I wish them and their children many years of happiness here."

The Chief Rabbi also told the 400 guests that he had "known Pinner since 1974.

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Resignations as Guttentag survives

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 9, 2012

Whitefield Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag has survived an attempt by the lay leadership to remove him.

Following an outpouring of support from congregants for the long-serving rabbi, the synagogue president and four executive members resigned last Thursday.

Shul management has been assumed on an interim basis by the trustees, who are attempting to restore communal harmony.

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