Category Archives: War and Conflict

A Haredi Humanist In Jerusalem – Introducing Rav Tukachinsky’s Gesher HaChayim

In the 1940s, whilst the Second World War ravaged Europe, Rabbi Yechiel Michel Tukachinsky (1871-1955) composed what would become an authoritative work on the laws, practices and philosophy of Jewish mourning. He called it Gesher HaChayim, or, The Bridge of … Continue reading

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Rav Yehuda Amital – A Tribute Five Years On

Today is five years since the passing of my teacher and rosh yeshiva Rav Yehuda Amital. Both his personality and his message are so sorely missed. He taught us that ethics and natural morality come before and underpin all other … Continue reading

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Chag Amalek – The Festival That Wasn’t

To download a pdf of this article click here In Memory of Dan Uzan z”l Is it necessary to recall the similarities between Judaism and Islam (as distinct from Christianity!) in most of the crucial subjects of religion: the book, the … Continue reading

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Parshat Toldot – Yitzchak’s Uniqueness

In memory of Rabbis Moshe Twersky, Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Aryeh Kupinsky, and Cary William Levine, and police officer Zidan Nahad Seif. May their loved ones be comforted and may their memory be a blessing. ♦ You are an individual. You have a … Continue reading

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Gedalia to Rabin – A Shiur for the 19th Yahrzeit of Yitzchak Rabin

Rabin’s assassination, in November 1995, nineteen years ago, is probably the first event of international significance that I remember. At the time, as a 9 year old in London I understood that something terrible had happened and over the years … Continue reading

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