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Does the Torah recommend asceticism, or does it advise that we take pleasure in our bodily lives? This question has been debated amongst our rabbis for millennia, and there is perhaps no figure who represents that tension better than the ...

Posted on 24 May 2018, By Natasha Mann

Shavuot is perhaps my favourite festival, and I am sorry that most do not share my enthusiasm for it. The distinguished liturgist, Rabbi Dr Jacob Petuchowski, said: “Festivals, like books, have their fate. Changing times and environment...

Posted on 17 May 2018, By Rabbi Amanda Golby

This week’s parashah is the first in the book of Numbers – Bamidbar in Hebrew. Bamidbar is the fourth book of the Torah and this week’s parashah includes the fourth time that the children of Israel are counted in the Torah. One of t...

Posted on 17 May 2018, By James Burns