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Rabbi Jonathan’s Purim Message

In a time of anxiety, it is more important than ever to wish each other a good Purim. A brilliant, subtle and disturbing tale of identity politics and cunning, the story of the Megillah embodies the faith that racism, antisemitism and hat...

Posted on 10 March 2020, By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
On Tu Be’Shevat

For two millennia Judaism has had its own Arbor Day, Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees.I don’t know when the love of trees begins, when you first kick the piled autumn leaves and watch in delight as they scatter, when you coll...

Posted on 10 February 2020, By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
The Centenary of Armistice Day

My mother was born two weeks before the Armistice. My grandparents married in the late spring of 1917, when my grandfather finally took a furlough from the Western Front where he served as chaplain in the German Army for the duration of t...

Posted on 7 November 2018, By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg