Category Archives for "Blogs"

May 10

10 May 2018

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A little over three years ago now I spent a weekend at a Washington D.C. conference centre filled with 20,000 people– all there to lobby their senators and congress people to support defence and diplomatic ties between America and Israel. It was March 2015 and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, better known as […]

May 03

4 May 2018

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During this period of the Omer (between Pesach and Shavu’ot) many people observe certain customs of mourning: not shaving, not celebrating weddings, not buying new clothes, and not listening to instrumental music. Strangely enough, this custom arose as a way of marking a mysterious plague of the ancient world. ‘What plague?’ you may ask. For […]

May 01

26 April 2018

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A catholic priest, a buddhist, and a Jewish-Quaker walk in to a room. While this sounds like the beginning of an (admittedly bad) joke, it’s actually just the setting for an interfaith event which took place last night sponsored by the Cathedral’s programme: ‘Interfaith St. Albans.’ The subject of the evening, in line with Sustainable […]

Apr 20

19 April 2018

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Today is Yom haAtzma’ut, the day on which, seventy years ago, Israel became a sovereign state for the first time in 1,878 years. Rabbis have debated exactly how we should relate to this event in our own time– is it a modern miracle? Is it simply the result of luck and/or politics, or can we […]

Apr 17

12 April 2018

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One refrain I hear very often is that the Holocaust marks the biggest challenge to (or sometimes even hyperbolically-stated as the ‘end of’) Jewish theology. The idea that the horror of the Sho’ah is an irrevocable condemnation of God seems to me both misguided and far over-simplistic. Whenever I teach about what academics call ‘theodicy’ […]

Mar 23

Weekly Words – 23 March 2018

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Weekly Words  by Rabbi Adam- 23 March 2018 Annual Pre-Pesacḥ 7-Point PSA: 1. Flour is not cḥametz. If it’s sealed and has not been exposed to water, it won’t become cḥametz. Obviously, you can’t use flour for much during Pesacḥ, but since it is not cḥametz gamur (totally cḥametz) as many people treat it, it is […]

Mar 20

Weekly Words – 16 March 2018

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Weekly Words by Rabbi Adam Although we find ourselves in the awkward period between Purim and Pesach, there was actually quite a significant holiday this week: Pi Day. 3/14 (which is how Americans write 14 March) is of course reminiscent of the start of Pi as a constant expressed in decimals (3.14). For those who […]

Jun 14

London Jews in the First World War: We were there too

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Written by Pauline Symons You can listen to Pauline reading this post on the audio version of our latest Newsletter Does your family have a First World War story to tell? A new Heritage Lottery Fund project called ‘The Jews of London in the First World War – We Were There Too’ aims to inspire the community to help find […]

Jun 12

Bias in the Media

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Written by Tara Goldsmith For many years there have been arguments as to whether or not the news media is biased, this argument has been particularly relevant when talking about the Israel/Palestine conflict. Often, as Jews it is an automatic reaction to believe that Israel is being discriminated against, however, after looking at different statistics and articles it is clear that this […]

Jun 09

North Herts Jewish Genealogical Society

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Written by John Shaw You can listen to John reading this post on the audio version of our latest Newsletter The local group of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain has been meeting at SAMS about twice a year since 2014. We have also been meeting at the Welwyn Garden City Synagogue. All the meetings have included general sessions uncovering […]