Category Archives: Religion

Shana Tova

I had hoped to be able to post about my trip to England last month but it’s taking longer than expected to choose and edit the many photos and write about all that I managed to see and do in … Continue reading

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An Ocean Of Tears

  This is a picture of  Sarah-Techiya Litman and her fiancé, Ariel Biegel, at their engagement party. They were to have been married this evening. That wedding will not now take place – not tonight, at any rate – for … Continue reading

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Scorched Earth

I am filled with sadness, I am filled with anger. I feel as if the scorching temperatures (reaching 40 degrees Celsius in Jerusalem earlier this week) are but a mirror to the public mood. Shira Banki, the 16-year-old girl who … Continue reading

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Festival of Hate

Today is Tu b’Av, popularly (though mistakenly) supposed to be the Jewish equivalent of St. Valentine’s Day. A love fest. This year, it has turned out to be a hate fest instead. Yesterday afternoon, the local LGBT community held their … Continue reading

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When Is An Antisemite – An Antisemite?

You’ve all heard the hoary denials – I am not an antisemite, I am simply a critic of Israel’s policies. Or (if they are even slightly honest) – I am not an antisemite, I am anti-Zionist, because Zionism is racism. … Continue reading

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A Double Dose of Leonard Bernstein

As I mentioned in a previous post, last week my choir appeared in two concerts. On Sunday March 22nd, the massed forces of the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir and the Israel Chamber Orchestra, with soloists Daniela Skorka and Yair Polishook, opened the Jerusalem … Continue reading

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Jews Butchered As They Pray – Again

In mediaeval Europe, and right up into the twentieth century in places such as Russia, Jews died in their thousands because of lies and whispers. It was enough to spread a malicious rumour that Jews had desecrated the Host, or … Continue reading

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