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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
On Faithfulness and Friendship

When Honi, the wonder-working rabbi of the Mishnah, found that he’d been asleep beneath his carob tree for seventy years and no one recognised him any longer in his beloved House of Study, he said ‘O mituta o chavruta – Give me fri...

Posted on 13 September 2018, By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
On the Rosh Hashanah Amidah

The remarkable Amidah for the Musaf service on Rosh Hashanah contains three unique and distinctive meditations: the Malchuyot, concerning God’s sovereignty; the Zichronot, about memory; and the Shofarot about the shofar and revelation. ...

Posted on 4 September 2018, By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg