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What is Yom Kippur?

Simon Rocker explains the meaning and customs behind the holiest day in the Jewish calendar

Simon Rocker

11:55

What is Yom Kippur?
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    Lubavitch's educational crash course

    The Jewish Learning Institute, which begins again in the New Year, tackles questions of legal, business and medical ethics

    Simon Rocker

    Mon, 17:49

    Lubavitch's educational crash course
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    What is Rosh Hashanah?

    Daniel Sugarman explains the whys and wherefores of the Jewish new year.

    Daniel Sugarman

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    What is Rosh Hashanah?
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    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

    Izzy Posen

    Monday, September 4, 2017

    What the Charedi community can teach us
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    The secret of ancient coins

    The lulav and etrog often appeared on Jewish coins in classical times - but why?

    Colin Shindler

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    The secret of ancient coins
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    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

    Daniel Sugarman

    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    The original game of thrones
  • Israeli soldiers carry wreaths during Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for its fallen soldier and a new day in the Jewish calendar (Getty)
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    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

    There's no 'authentic' Judaism
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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
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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?
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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