Category Archives: Judaism

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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Good News Friday – Shabbat Hagadol edition

It’s the last Shabbat before Pesach (Passover), known as Shabbat Hagadol – the Great Shabbat. My mind isn’t really into any of my usual Good News Friday stuff at the moment, having been to a funeral earlier today (of my … Continue reading

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Purim Samea’ach! Happy Purim!

We have had enough disaster, war, strife, and doom and gloom in the last few days and weeks to last us a lifetime. But now Purim is here and it’s time to celebrate! The festival began at sundown this evening  … Continue reading

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Assault on Jewish religious rights: Israeli synagogue burned in arson attack; Jordan attacks expansion of Kotel prayer area

A small makeshift synagogue was completely burned together with its holy contents of prayer books and other items in what has been confirmed as an arson attack. Yet the world remains silent, mainly because it has hardly reported anywhere outside … Continue reading

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Tu Bishvat Higia!

Today is Tu Bishvat (or 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 … Continue reading

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