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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

Mon, 17:42

Who would we choose as our Jewish patron saints?
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    What is Lag Ba'omer?

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

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    Friday, May 5, 2017

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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

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    A biblical love story; the Song of Songs

    Read as an allegory of the relationship between God and Israel, the Song of Songs is the story of love between a man and a woman

    Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris

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    A biblical love story; the Song of Songs
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    What is the Counting of the Omer?

    The Omer is like a countdown from national liberation at Pesach to the defining religious moment of Jewish peoplehood, the revelation at Sinai.

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    Monday, April 10, 2017

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    One of the highlights of every Seder is the asking of the Mah Nishtanah or Four Questions. Robert, aged 11, shows you how it's done.

    JC Reporter

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Video: How to sing the Mah Nishtanah
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    Our Charedi Seder

    The table is resplendent in white and silver. The matzot – our own version of the marmite phenomenon, inspiring either love or hate – look extra crunchy

    Daniel Sugarman

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    Our Charedi Seder
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    What is Pesach?

    Simon Rocker tells you everything you need to know about one of the most important festivals in the Jewish calendar

    Simon Rocker

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    What is Pesach?
  • Some believed the native American Indians were descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel (Getty Images)
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    How Hebrew captured America

    In an extract from his new book The Story of Hebrew, Lewis Glinert explains the importance of the language to the American colonists

    Lewis Glinert

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    How Hebrew captured America
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    What is Purim?

    Simon Rocker explains everything you need to know about the festival of lots

    Simon Rocker

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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