Tisha B’av

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This Sunday marks one of the saddest days on the Jewish calendar Tisha B’av. The Hebrew word Tisha B’av translates as the 9th day of the Hebrew month Av, a date which throughout Jewish history has come to manifest tragedy and disaster[1]. Many observe the day by practicing customs of mourning such as fasting and… Read more »

Good and Bad News: a sermon after visiting Israel-Palestine

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Based on a sermon delivered at West London Synagogue by Rabbi David Mitchell*   What do you want first, the good news of the bad news? I have good news which should reassure you and bad news which should trouble you. I’m afraid that you’re going to get both, but which would you prefer first?… Read more »

How do Christians see themselves in their new relationship with Jews?

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A keynote lecture delivered by CCJ Chair, Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE, at the International Council of Christians and Jews conference 2019   I will focus in this presentation on Christian self-perception in light of our new relationship with Jews, and not on the self-perception of Jewish people; nor will I spend time mapping… Read more »

Interfaith Group on March of the Living

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As one of a dozen senior faith leaders, I took part in a pioneering interfaith delegation to this year’s March of the Living in Poland.  The trip is an intensive 5-day tour of the sites of the Nazi Holocaust – Warsaw, Kracow and the death camps of Majdanek, Belzec and Auschwitz.  It culminates in a… Read more »

Passover: how we think about the Exodus

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The Jewish festival of Passover, or Pesach, begins next Friday evening. Passover commemorates the Exodus from Egypt, and the journey of the Israelites from slavery to freedom. During the festival, Jews experience both of those extremes. We recall our ancestors’ oppression in Egypt by eating matzah, unleavened bread, for the duration of the festival. But… Read more »