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 »

Devar Torah a Reflection on Leviticus 1:1-5:26

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Devar Torah – Parashat Vayiqra The first word of Leviticus means: “and he called”. This book begins with a call from the Eternal to Moses, which we may understand as an invitation by the Eternal to establish a relationship with human beings. But who is inviting whom? The first verse of Leviticus mentions that the… Read more »

Reflection on Rabbi/Clergy Conference by Student Rabbi Iris Ferreira

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A Reflection on CCJ’s First Rabbi-Clergy Conference On 12 March CCJ celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a milestone event. For the first time ever, rabbis and clergy from every corner of the United Kingdom, totalling 17 denominations, met in Manchester to discuss current issues impacting on interfaith relationships within their communities. The day’s agenda dealt… Read more »

The Value of Human Life

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, CCJ staff have reflected on inspirational Jewish and Christian women. In Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead, the ageing minister the Revd John Ames remembers a moment from his childhood: ‘I went up to the church to watch the dawn come, because that peace does restore me better than sleep… Read more »