Reflections on Sukkot and Universalism

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The Jewish festival of Sukkot begins on the eve of 23 September and lasts for eight days.Here, Rabbi Barry Kleinberg reflects on the festival. To learn more about Sukkot, click here. Alan Brill wrote a book called Judaism and Other Religions: Models for Understanding. He clearly sets out 4 models for such an understanding. In… Read more »

Yom Kippur: Meditation in the Belly of a Whale

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As Yom Kippur approaches, Jews are involved in self-reflection and self improvement. We navigate our way from the Day of Judgement (Rosh HaShana) through the Ten Days of Repentance, until we reach the pinnacle of human self-awareness and humility — then we atone for twenty-five hours on Yom Kippur. We separate ourselves out from ordinary… Read more »

Rosh Hashanah: Creating the World Together

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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, falls this year on 10-11 September. ‘Today the world is at birth.’ After each set of horn blasts on Rosh Hashanah, Jews recite these words. Unlike most Jewish festivals, Rosh Hashanah does not commemorate any events from Jewish history or particular to the Jewish people. Instead, it marks the… Read more »

Celia Gould reflects on her internship with CCJ

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I have had a wonderful time as an intern at the CCJ office during August. The work I have done has been varied, including updating areas of the website and social media, writing articles and commentaries and compiling resources for Student Training, Holocaust Memorial Day and the social action project for refugees. Having previously been… Read more »

Welcoming the stranger

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This piece by student rabbi Iris Ferreira marks the end of her placement with CCJ.   Throughout history and in all civilisations, strangers could be perceived either as a threat or as fellow human beings that we had to treat as equals. This tension between fear and empathy towards the stranger can be evidenced in… Read more »