Tag Archives: Judaism

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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Purim Same’ach! Happy Purim!

The festival of Purim began this evening as soon as Shabbat went out. We’ve already been to shul and heard the *Megillah being read, with the ra’ashanim of various sorts – from toy gun caps to bells, whistles, rattling keys … Continue reading

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Good News Friday

Continuing on from yesterday’s good news, here is today’s bumper crop of Good News Friday in honour of the upcoming Purim. In Jerusalem, 9 tiny unopened Dead Sea Scrolls have been discovered – or re-discovered: An Israeli scholar turned up … Continue reading

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Good News Friday

Somehow another week has passed by and it’s time for the next Good News Friday installment. My first item concerns Israel’s burgeoning natural gas industry: Australia’s giant drilling company Woodside has signed an agreement to buy a 25% stake in … Continue reading

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Tu B’Shvat Higia

Today is Tu B’Shvat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat, known as “the birthday of the trees” in Jewish tradition. The tree most associated with Tu B’Shvat is the almond tree, in Hebrew the Shkedi’a (שקדיה), which blossoms … Continue reading

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