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May 14, 2021, 12:35 AM
Remembering Rabbi Jonathan Sacks this Shavuot
With a Painting, a Historian and a Parliamentarian. First Fruits was painted by artist Reuven Rubin in 1923. It is a triptych, a painting in three panels, traditionally a Christian expression of homage, that can be viewed from several angles....
Dec 30, 2020, 12:04 AM
Jerusalem Quarantine: In Praise of Faulty Powers
20.12.2020. I’m traveling from Israel to Johannesburg for the wedding of a much-loved niece from London. The plan is to arrive as close to the wedding date as possible, and to return home straight after. With all direct flights...
Mar 26, 2020, 5:40 PM
Wedding in the Time of Closure
Tuesday afternoon the boy from Number 10 got married. No, not Boris. Matan. Perhaps I should explain. Number ten of our quiet cul-de-sac here in Modi’in. Actually, Matan was due to marry his bride, Shira, in a wedding hall next Sunday. However,...
Feb 10, 2020, 8:05 PM
Musings of a Museum Guide – On Trees and Scrolls.
It’s the three o’clock slot. The Model and Shrine tour at the Israel Museum. By this time of day visitors have usually worked out that there are four free tours in English almost daily, of which this is the...
Oct 31, 2019, 12:23 AM
THE QC’S QUANDARY A tale for Shabbat Noach
One day in the 1970s, soon after we had moved house in London my mother was walking home when she noticed a man skillfully applying his secateurs to prune roses in a nearby front garden. She duly explained that...
Mar 23, 2018, 1:24 PM
The Freedom That Can Be Won from Searching
This is no secular spring clean. The weeks leading up to Passover -- the freedom festival that celebrates the Exodus from Egypt -- are the busiest of the Jewish household’s year. It's a purge on breadcrumbs. Bread, and anything...
Apr 23, 2017, 12:48 AM
A Canterbury Tale for Yom HaShoah: Reflections on an evening with Edmund de Waal at the Israel Museum
‘This is my first day in Israel,’ he announced. ‘I’m fifty-two years old! What took me so long?’ Here we were, in Jerusalem last November in a packed auditorium at the Israel Museum, at the opening of a much-anticipated talk by...
Judith Sinclair-Cohen is an independent consultant in public health, who lives with her family in Modiin, Israel. She is a guide at the Israel Museum.