Category Archives: Judaism

Shiva Asar B’Tammuz 5776 – time for an antisemitism update

Religious Jews the world over are marking the fast of 17th of Tammuz today (since the 17th fell on Shabbat, the fast has been deferred to today, the 18th). The fast day, from sunrise to sunset, marks the start of … Continue reading

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Baruch Dayan Emet – Elie Wiesel has passed away

Elie Wiesel, a giant of the Jewish nation passed away yesterday, Shabbat, aged 87. There is surely hardly anyone who hasn’t heard of the Holocaust survivor who became “the conscience of the world”, standing up for Holocaust survivors, the Jewish … Continue reading

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Chag Shavuot Same’ach!

It’s hard to move from sadness to joy, but that is the story of the Jewish People since time immemorial. Tonight we are heading into the festival of Shavuot, which runs straight on from Shabbat, beginning on Saturday night (so … Continue reading

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Good News Friday

Thank goodness it’s Friday again, and time for another Good News Friday installment. We’ll start with some Jewish tradition. Yesterday was the minor holiday of Lag Ba’Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer. The main celebration, or “Hilula” is marked … Continue reading

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Chag Same’ach – Shvi’i shel Pesach, the 7th day of Passover

The seventh day of Pesach, “Shvi’i shel Pesach”, begins tonight, running straight on into Shabbat tomorrow night, giving us an “8-day Pesach” along with our fellow Jews in the Diaspora (who celebrate an extra day of the festival). Shvi’i shel … 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  29th April but then runs straight into Shabbat on the 30th). If you would like … Continue reading

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