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Jun 26, 2020, 6:39 PM
Jewish and Privileged
Nationwide protests over inequality are encouraging more conversations not only about race but also about white privilege. For many of us it is something abstract, conceptual but difficult to relate to. As American sociologist, Michael Kimmel put it succinctly:...
Jun 12, 2020, 6:09 PM
History is in danger of being erased: that is the perceived danger posed by the toppling of a statue in Bristol. The protesters in Bristol, southwest England, tied the bronze statue of Edward Colston with rope before toppling it...
Jun 5, 2020, 3:18 PM
Racism: Is that relevant to us?
The natural reaction that I think we all felt was utter revulsion as we heard the news from America of the murder of George Floyd and many of us watched the video. But as the protest spread and the accusations...
Jun 3, 2020, 3:37 AM
George Floyd and the Axed Heifer
Whilst the streets of America burn, it is incumbent upon all of us to support one another through these dark hours with kindness and peace. One cannot help but feel a sense of deep anger and incredulity as one...
May 25, 2020, 7:21 PM
Should I be Like Mike?
Sports has always been an oasis, a form of escapism from the monotony of life for society. The French academic Marc Perelman abhors this for the very same reason that Karl Marx disliked religion – that it is akin to...
May 15, 2020, 10:18 PM
What risks are worth us taking?
Week 9 of lockdown and we are beginning to see certain parts of society ‘unlocking’. People unable to work from home can travel to work, people can now meet outside with one person not from their household (following the...
May 8, 2020, 11:58 AM
VE Day – Lessons for our current war
Friday marks the 75th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day. After six bloody years of war raging in Europe, the Allied Forces formally accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany and brought the curtain down on the Second...
May 4, 2020, 5:44 PM
Physical, cognitive or spiritual herd immunity – which will help us survive?
Spiritual herd immunity’ has redeemed our nation for thousands of years – these values haven’t disappeared in the current crisis. With each passing day, it is becoming clearer that part of the solution to COVID-19 will include some level...
Rabbi Hackenbroch is Senior Rabbi of Woodside Park Synagogue, London, UK, as well as a commercial mediator, Holocaust Educator and sought after speaker