Reflections on Ethics of the Fathers 3

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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.    Our chapter begins with a paradox. The Sage Akavia ben Mehalalel states that we came from “a putrid drop” and are going to… Read more »

Reflecting on 70 years of the Jewish State

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Two previous participants in CCJ’s Jewish/Christian leadership study tours to Israel/Palestine reflect personally on Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, 70 years after the founding of the state of Israel.   Robin Moss, Director of Strategy at United Jewish Israel Appeal: Israel at 70 is colourful, complex and cacophonous. By this I mean that is a… Read more »

Reflection on Ethics of the Fathers 2

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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.   The second chapter of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) describes the five students of Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkay,[1] the founder of the… Read more »

Reflections on Ethics of the Fathers 1:1

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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.   The 49 days which separate the first day of Pesach from Shavuot constitute the Omer period. During these seven weeks, each Shabbat many… Read more »

‘Being in the world’: exploring the meaning of Pesach

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The upcoming festival of Pesach (Passover) begins the yearly cycle of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals, when historically Jews visited the Temple in Jerusalem to offer seasonal produce. However, were you to ask any primary school aged Jewish child what the festival of Pesach celebrates, they would inevitably reply: ‘the exodus of the Jews from slavery… Read more »