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Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion announces its Declaration of Independence
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Israel's independence and the dispute over God

A dispute over whether to refer to God almost derailed the state of Israel's founding document

Rabbi Daniella Kolodny

Monday, April 16, 2018

Israel's independence and the dispute over God
  • Comment

    The blessing that was axed

    Behind the widely-condemned remarks of Israel's Sephardi Chief Rabbi is a troubling passage from the Talmud

    Simon Rocker

    Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    The blessing that was axed
  • Pharaoh's army destroyed at the Crossing of the Red Sea - painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1530 (Getty)
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    Why the Haggadah finds little room for Moses

    The rabbis were so intent on emphasising the divine nature of the redemption from Egypt that they all but omitted Moses from the Seder narrative

    Rabbi Dr Jeffrey Cohen

    Monday, March 26, 2018

    Why the Haggadah finds little room for Moses
  • Features

    What is Bedikat Chametz?

    As Jewish households all over the world prepare for Passover, we explain the centuries-old tradition

    Daniel Sugarman

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    What is Bedikat Chametz?
  • Chasidim celebrate Lag Ba'Omer at the annual pilgrimage to the tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Israel (photo: Getty)
    Books

    The phenomenal rise of Chasidism

    Hasidism, A New History, David Biale and others, Princeton University Press, £37.95

    Dr Harry Freedman

    Monday, February 12, 2018

    The phenomenal rise of Chasidism
  • Chaim Maltz returns to his father's hometown in Poland for a documentary about the woman who hid his father and other Jews in the war (photo; Richie Sherman)
    Features

    The courage of Holocaust saviours

    According to our tradition, we should not stand by when a neighbour's life is threatened. But would we live up to it?

    Rabbi Gideon Sylvester

    Sunday, January 21, 2018

    The courage of Holocaust saviours
  • Debate rather than dogma is the hallmark of Jewish thinking (painting: Carl Schleicher/Wikimedia Commmons)
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    The Islamic influence on Orthodoxy

    Last summer's Dweck affair raised deeper questions about the direction of Orthodoxy which aren't going to go away

    Simon Eder

    Monday, January 15, 2018

    The Islamic influence on Orthodoxy
  • Features

    The human rights rabbi taking on Trump

    Rabbi Jill Jacobs, director of T'ruah - the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights - will be making the last of her Limmud appearances tomorrow in a panel discussion on the exclusion and inclusion of women in Jewish life

    Simon Rocker

    Wednesday, December 27, 2017

    The human rights rabbi taking on Trump