Category Archives: Judaism

Chag Shavuot Same’ach!

The festival of Shavuot (“Feast of Weeks” or Pentecost) begins tonight, the culmination of the 7 weeks (hence the name) of counting the Omer – Sefirat Ha’Omer. We are instructed by G-d (ויקרא כ”ג:ט”ו – Lev. 23:15) to count, from … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of the Pope’s visit to Israel

Today is the second and final day of Pope Francis’ whirlwind visit to the region. His schedule today in Jerusalem is once again fraught with potential pitfalls: Pope Francis faces a diplomatic high-wire act on Monday as he visits sacred … Continue reading

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Good News Friday

It’s that time again, time for another dose of good news with my latest Good News Friday installment. Our first item concerns Israel’s hi-tech sector, but this story has a twist. An Israeli haredi man has set up an e-commerce … Continue reading

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Chag Kasher Vesame’ach – Happy Pesach

This blog is going on semi-vacation over the next week during the Pesach (Passover) festival until after the chag (it finishes on the night of 21st April).  If you would like to learn more about Pesach, have a look at … Continue reading

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Simon Schama’s The Story of the Jews, now on PBS

The renowned British Jewish historian Simon Schama produced an excellent BBC series last year on The Story of the Jews.  This was given a passing mention in Brian Goldfarb’s guest post on London Jewish Book Week in 2013. The series … Continue reading

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Good News Friday

It seems that Friday’s come round quicker every week! So here is this week’s Good News Friday installment. We’ll start with water, or rather, the lack of it. As we know, Israel has overcome its water shortage with recycling and … Continue reading

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