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Shana Tova Umetuka – 5781

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight (Friday night), and lasts for 2 days, until sundown on Sunday night. The Jewish year follows the lunar calendar, and the number counts the number of years since Creation. This year we … Continue reading

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The Israel-UAE treaty: is it good for Israel or bad?

I have been very much in two minds about the Israel-Emirates peace treaty which was announced last week. On the one hand it is indeed a very good thing, one less enemy in the Arab world and indeed one more … Continue reading

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Tisha B’Av 5780 – 2020

Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of Av began last night at sundown and finishing at sundown tonight. Tisha Be’Av is the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. As I wrote in a previous Tisha Be’Av post: The fast commemorates the … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Have things only got better for the UK Labour Party?

Before I start, a note to my readers: You will no doubt have noticed that I have been offline for a couple of months or so. Nothing bad has happened thank G-d, it has simply been a combination of lockdown … Continue reading

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Chag Shavuot Same’ach!

The festival of Shavuot (“Feast of Weeks” or Pentecost), beginning tonight is 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, … Continue reading

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Chag Same’ach! Yom Yerushalayim 5780 – 2020

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of Israel’s miraculous victory over combined Arab forces in 1967, began last night (Thursday). Usually the chag is marked with festive prayer services in synagogues around the country. This year, because of the restrictions … Continue reading

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