Sukkot

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This Sunday evening marks the start of the seven-day Jewish festival Sukkot. The Hebrew word Sukkot translates as ‘tabernacles’ or ‘booths’ and commemorates the 40-year period during which the Jewish people were wandering in the desert, living nomadically in frail huts[1]. In remembrance of this period of displacement, and the way in which Gd provided… Read more »

A reflection on Yom Kippur

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The High Holy Days and its process of teshuvah: returning or atonement is, of course, first and foremost relevant to the individual as (s)he reflects on the vagaries of the past year.  It is true there is much good in each one of us but we become poignantly aware of time and talent wasted, of… Read more »

Yom Kippur and the Importance of Unity

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Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), for many Jews, is the most important day in the Jewish calendar. It is embodied by prayer and fasting with the ultimate aim of repentance. Yom Kippur means different things to everyone, some people focus on the abstention from food, for others it is a time of reflection on the… Read more »

Reflecting on the 2019 Yad Vashem Seminar

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The 2019 Yad Vashem Holocaust educational seminar personified participative intercultural transformation. What does that mean?  Well: jump-in and be part of the discussion, enjoy the fun and laughter, and the sheer gentle kindness of each other, whilst pausing in awed surprise at our genuine differences from each other. That’s just on a personal level.  A… Read more »

Rosh Hashanah

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This Sunday evening marks the start of the two day Jewish New Year festival Rosh Hashanah. The Hebrew word Rosh Hashanah translates as “the head of the year” and commemorates the anniversary of the world’s creation and the beginning of humanity[1]. The essence of Rosh Hashanah can be understood as both that of rejoice and… Read more »