Shavuot and the Book of Ruth

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Shavuot, which falls this year on 19 May, celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It is also one of the three Pilgrimage festivals: in Temple times, people would bring offerings from the wheat harvest to the Temple in Jerusalem. The traditional reading for Shavuot is the Book of Ruth. The Book tells… Read more »

Dialogue is a way of life

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Each time I visit Israel-Palestine I come home with a renewed sense of expectation: a deeper willingness to learn more about the people who live there, their memories, their stories, and their hopes for the future. And, of course, more questions than answers! This year’s CCJ Jewish/Christian Leadership Study Tour was no different. We were… Read more »

Listening to emotions, building trust, fostering cooperation

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A reflection on CCJ’s Jewish/Christian Leadership Study Tour of Israel-Palestine When I am engaged in some form of interfaith dialogue, I often listen with my red hat on. The concept comes from De Bono’s “Six Thinking Hats” where the red hat signifies feelings, hunches and intuition. When you listen with the red hat, you are not… Read more »

Reflections on Ethics of the Fathers 6

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Our student rabbi on placement, Iris Ferreira, is reflecting each week on a chapter of Ethics of the Fathers, which is traditionally read between the Jewish festivals of Pesach and Shavuot. You can read the chapter here.   “This is the path of Torah: eat bread with salt, drink rationed water and sleep on the ground…. Read more »