The joy of Simchat Torah
Samuel Pepys was left aghast after experiencing a Simchat Torah service in 1663 - but the holiday exemplifies the joy within Judaism.
What is Simchat Torah?
Monday, October 9, 2017
Vanity of vanities - the book of Ecclesiastes
Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
What is Succot?
What is on the Seder plate?
Prayers you can say when times get tough
Succot and mental health
We can make a link between World Mental Health Day, which falls during Succot next week, and a festival which represents what is good for our wellbeing
Rabbi Gideon Sylvester
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Succot is the third of the Jewish holidays known as the “Shalosh Regalim” – “three festivals” – the other two being Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Pentecost)
What is Yom Kippur?
Simon Rocker explains the meaning and customs behind the holiest day in the Jewish calendar
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The universalist theme of our festivals
The High Holy Days ask us to look beyond ourselves
Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The place where God calls
The traditional liturgy may challenge our understanding but it signposts the path to spiritual awareness
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Lubavitch's educational crash course
The Jewish Learning Institute, which begins again in the New Year, tackles questions of legal, business and medical ethics
Monday, September 18, 2017
What is Rosh Hashanah?
Daniel Sugarman explains the whys and wherefores of the Jewish new year.
Monday, September 11, 2017
What the Charedi community can teach us
A former Chasid from Stamford Hill who has chosen a secular path is grateful for something in his Orthodox education
Monday, September 4, 2017
Secret Shul Goer: St John's Wood Liberal
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
The secret of ancient coins
The lulav and etrog often appeared on Jewish coins in classical times - but why?
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The original game of thrones
Almost 3,000 years before George RR Martin, the throne of King Solomon was coveted by the world's most powerful rulers
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Would you give charity to a smoker?
Should we help someone doing something injurious to their health?
Monday, August 21, 2017
There's no 'authentic' Judaism
Judaism has always been diverse rather than conforming to a single, supposedly 'authentic' model
Rabbi Josh Levy
Monday, August 7, 2017
What does the Temple stand for?
The Temple site has become a place of discord when it should be the focus of harmony
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Sharing our simchahs
A growing number of Jewish charities run programmes emphasising that bar and batmitzvahs are not only a time for celebration but also for thinking about people who may be less fortunate
Thursday, July 27, 2017
What is Tisha B’Av?
It is one of the saddest days in the Jewish calendar, but why - and how - do we mark it?
Monday, July 24, 2017
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