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Dec 29, 2016, 2:57 PM
We no longer have the right to preach our ways
Friday-night kiddush in shul makes me feel like crying. Perhaps you know this quaint little ritual. The rabbi, or cantor, or someone important, pours a full chalice of grape juice at the end of the Kabbalat Shabbat service, turns to the congregation and intones the...
Aug 12, 2016, 11:30 AM
A kinder anti-Israel boycott
The world got kinder just last month and you may have missed it in the usual fray. A few weeks back, the United Reform Church tabled one of those anti-Israel motions that anyone seriously involved in constructive Jewish-Christian relations has come to dread. It was...
May 28, 2014, 5:45 PM
Why I Support UKIP…
Well, not really. But between the National Front in France, Golden Dawn in Greece, and our own little Tea Party here, something is happening, and I want to listen and take notice. I have felt an affinity to UKIP ever since I spent a...
Nov 19, 2013, 6:14 PM
It’s time we put Limmud to the test
Well, if you are reading this, you are truly as obsessed and fascinated by the whole Limmud broiges as I am. Imagine all the careful thought, blogs, facebooking, tweeting, and just plain kiddush table kvetching that is buzzing around our community for the past month on...
Oct 16, 2013, 2:58 PM
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Don’t Make Me a Match with Limmud: The Anti-Limmud Letter and the Rabbis
Homophobic zeal has its upsides. After I signed a letter denouncing the same-sex marriage legislation alongside a number of rather alarmingly extreme faith leaders (and no, I would never sign it again for all sorts of reasons). About a week after this letter hit the...
May 13, 2013, 12:54 PM
Lies Near You: Examining Stories told by Returning Ecumenical Accompaniers
Tonight, or tomorrow, in a Church near you, before an audience that usually runs close to 30 congregants, an Ecumenical Accompanier will return from three months in the West Bank, with a tale that never made the headlines. “I recently was privileged to attend a...
May 8, 2013, 1:57 PM
3 great reasons for an anti-Jewish screed
The interests of the Church of Scotland are well-served by the deplorable report it issued last week
Rabbi Natan Levy is the Interfaith and Social Action Consultant