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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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    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
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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

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    A biblical love story; the Song of Songs
  • An Omer board in a rectangular glass fronted frame, written and illustrated by R. Aaron Levy (c1795-1876), who served as scribe and dayan (religious judge) at the London Rabbinical Court for 45 years.
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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.

    Simon Rocker

    Monday, April 10, 2017

    What is the Counting of the Omer?
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    Video: How to sing the Mah Nishtanah

    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