Author articles: Matt Plen

News By Matt Plen 16th Mar 2022

Why we’re fundraising now

It’s just over a week until Havdalah at Home, the launch of Masorti Judaism’s fundraising campaign for 2022. Jewish life...

News By Matt Plen 22nd Apr 2021

Reflections on our meeting with the Israeli Ambassador The recent public meeting between Ambassador Tzipi Hotovely and Senior Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg stirred up some controversy. Various Masorti...

Article By Matt Plen 22nd Mar 2017


The current wave of populism and post-truth politics signifies a fundamental crisis of leadership.  Vayakhel-Pekudei describes in painstaking detail the...

Article By Matt Plen 11th Oct 2016

How a Small Group of British Jews Raised a Big Amount of Money for Child Refugees

Over the past six weeks, the British Jewish community raised £200,000 ($260,000) for the resettlement of 100 unaccompanied children from...

Article By Matt Plen 17th Nov 2015


What are we to make of Jacob’s dream? Midrash Tanhuma interprets it as follows: ‘”And behold the angels of God ascending and descending”...

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Reflections – Toledot

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Can Orthodoxy succeed where Conservative/Masorti Judaism has failed? Comments on Daniel Gordis’s ‘Cognitive Dissonance’

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  • 21st Dec 2013

Are religious labels past their sell-by date? A defence of denominations in a post-denominational world

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