Category Archives: History

A Concert All In Blue

Shabbat, the 21st of Tammuz, – Saturday, July 24th, 1943. The Kovno Ghetto. In the building which had once housed the famous Slobodka Yeshiva and was now the home of the Jewish Ghetto Police, an amazing, clandestine concert was taking … Continue reading

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A Nation Remembers

The fortnight or so following the end of Pessach (Passover) is not an easy time. Mirroring the seven-weeks between Pessach and Shavuot (Pentecost), two festivals which commemorate, respectively, the Exodus from Egypt and the Giving of the Ten Commandments on … Continue reading

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The Flowers of Autumn

The High Holy Days have been and gone, and I completely forgot about my promise to write about my trip to London. So much has happened since then, that the short break in the city of my birth has more … Continue reading

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Lamentations

Today is Tisha b’Av, the 9th of Av – the day on which Jews mourn the destruction of both the First and Second Temples, the First Temple by the Babylonians in 586 BCE and the Second Temple by the Romans, … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities

I hold two cities in my heart and in my thoughts today. With one I rejoice. With the other, I mourn. I mourn with the great city of Manchester, as she buries twenty-two of her sons and daughters, the youngest no more … Continue reading

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“The high mountains are for the ibex; the rocks are a refuge for the hyrax”: A Trip to Ein Gedi and Nachal David

This month’s field trip with Yad Ben Zvi saw us exploring the area of Ein Gedi, in the wake of King David and the Book of Psalms. As many of you no doubt recall,  when David – not yet king … Continue reading

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In Search of Edom

Yesterday saw the third field trip in the current Yad Ben Zvi series of Bible tours, “929 on the map of Israel“, about which I have written in the past, on more than one occasion. We are now well into the … Continue reading

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