Ask the Rabbi: being nice to terrorists

BEING NICE TO TERRORISTS Q. It says in Pir’kei Avot that we should judge each person favourably ("dan l’chaf z’chut"). Does this apply to terrorists?...

Yom Ha’atzmaut: Jewish history under construction

Redemption comes in many varieties. Sometimes it is a rapid swell and sometimes a gentle flow. Sometimes history is overhauled in a heartbeat and...

Yom Hashoah: interviews with three Jewish martyrs

On a wintry October day in 1941 The Jews of the Kovno ghetto were assembled at an Umshlagplatz (gathering place), about to be deported...

Dear Jacqueline Curzon

It is tremendously sad that our dear columnist Jacqueline Curzon passed away this week. I first met Jacqueline at a cantorial concert in Central Synagogue...

Pesach packs to refresh your Seder

One of the challenges that many people have with Seder night is ‘same old, same old.’ This is the opposite of what a Seder...

Expensive Afikoment presents

Dear Rabbi Is it appropriate to give expensive presents to children or stealing the Afikomen? When I was growing up it was always some sweets...

Pesach and Ukraine

Paul Anticoni from World Jewish Relief I am writing this on an especially sobering day, as disturbing reports are emerging from Irpin and Bucha, near...

Pesach: guardians of the galaxy

As the seder winds down the tension builds. Who has stolen the afikoman, and what price will it take to release this crucial hostage,...

No one stands alone: Hasmonean students in Ukraine

Last Monday, my sister and I awoke in a car, in Lviv, Ukraine - a city under martial law, under Russian threat, and under curfew....

Celebrating leadership and youth engagement

Aish Manchester, together with Whitefield Shul, ran a hugely successful graffiti art evening for 30 teenagers as the culmination celebration of their Leadership and...

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