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Would you give charity to a smoker?

Should we help someone doing something injurious to their health?

Rabbi Gideon Sylvester

Mon, 11:06

Would you give charity to a smoker?
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    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

    Sarah Ebner

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Sharing our simchahs
  • Detail from Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem by Francesco Hayez (1867)
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    What is Tisha B’Av?

    It is one of the saddest days in the Jewish calendar, but why - and how - do we mark it?

    Daniel Sugarman

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    What is Tisha B’Av?
  • Jane’s interest in Judaism began with an elderly Jewish woman who lived in the same block when she was a child
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    Why converts convert

    Some converts may be drawn by love of a Jew, but for some it is love of Judaism

    Emma Klein

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    Why converts convert
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    Observant Jews can accept Bible criticism

    An American professor believes you can square acceptance of academic theories of the origins of the Torah with remaining a traditionally observant Jew

    Professor Benjamin Sommer

    Friday, July 14, 2017

    Observant Jews can accept Bible criticism
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    Islamic reformer inspired by Progressive rabbis

    “They invite a Muslim, a progressive liberal imam for their Shabbat service,” he says. “And that imam wore a tallit and a kippah. I was honoured to participate. I have not seen something like that in my life in any mosque.”

    Gloria Tessler

    Friday, June 30, 2017

    Islamic reformer inspired by Progressive rabbis
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    The hounding of Rabbi Dweck masks a fear of debate

    'The Anglo-Jewish Orthodox community has a long history of shutting down debate on contentious issues by levelling personal attacks on the individuals who hold them'

    Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    The hounding of Rabbi Dweck masks a fear of debate
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    Why revolution is doomed to fail

    Freedom and the Israelites' fear of it is one of the central themes of the Book of Numbers, explored by Rabbi Sacks in his newly published collection of essays

    Lord Sacks

    Sunday, June 4, 2017

    Why revolution is doomed to fail
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    Who would we choose as our Jewish patron saints?

    Jeremy Corbyn has called for extra bank holidays to commemorate the home nations' patron saints. But if we had a Jewish equivalent, who would they be?

    Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    Who would we choose as our Jewish patron saints?
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    What is Shavuot?

    Shavuot is part of the Shalosh Regalim – “three festivals” - which are the three main religious holidays of the Jewish year - Daniel Sugarman explains more about the customs and background to this festival.

    Daniel Sugarman

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    What is Shavuot?
  • Lighting up the night: children in Israel celebrate Lag ba’Omer with the customary bonfire that ushers in the festival
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    What is Lag Ba'omer?

    Simon Rocker reveals the origins of the festival, and explains how it is marked today

    Simon Rocker

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    What is Lag Ba'omer?
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    Why we should celebrate Yom Yerushalayim

    Yom Yerushalayim, which begins the evening of May 23, will mark the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of the Old City during the Six Day War

    Nechama Davis

    Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    Why we should celebrate Yom Yerushalayim