Statement on China’s oppression of Uyghur and other Muslims

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22 July 2020 This is not the first time that Liberal Judaism’s clergy and lay leaders have tried to draw attention China’s oppression of millions of Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, but we refuse to be silenced and will not be indifferent. In Xinjiang, Western China, millions of Uyghur adults … Read More

[Comment] It is our Liberal Jewish obligation to speak out

Black Lives Matter

By Rabbi Charley Baginsky On one of our Facebook groups for clergy, an American Rabbi tried to articulate their shock following the murder of George Floyd. She noted that it reached the proof required by the rabbis of old for a murder conviction. Why is this significant? For the same … Read More

[Blog] Join Liberal Jews all over the UK for our Biennial

Rabbi René Pfertzel

20 May 2002 By Rabbi René Pfertzel (on behalf of the Biennial At Home Committee) We are now just two days away from Liberal Judaism’s Biennial At Home – our movement’s flagship event of 2020. It may be taking place entirely online, rather than in the usual venue of a … Read More

[Blog] Don’t stone the blasphemer: Theology in times of crisis

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein 12 May 2020 Leviticus 24:1-14 The lampstand, the shewbread and the blasphemer: Sounds like the beginning of a joke and what an odd combo, as our Sages throughout time have noted. What is the connection, the rationale for being placed in this order, particularly following the central, … Read More

[Blog] How do we acquire a shem tov (good name)?

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein

21 April 2020 By Rabbi Aaron Goldstein Unavoidably, all professionals engaged in lifecycle events have been extra busy during the coronavirus pandemic. Baby blessings, Bnei Mitzvah, Kabbalat Torah and weddings have all had to be postponed. Deaths from the virus and those coincidental to this time have meant that we … Read More

[Reflection] When does the day begin?

Sunrise

21 April 2020 By Rabbi Elana Dellal In the Talmud, Berakhot 9b we find a discussion around how to determine the start of the day. This is in the midst of a conversation around when one should say the morning Shema. Much of the text focuses on the logic that it … Read More

[Blog] Sometimes there is no easy answer

Rabbi Dr René Pfertzel candles

13 April 2020 By Rabbi Dr René Pfertzel In the Talmud (Berakhot 4b), King David is praised by the Rabbis for being able to say that he doesn’t have an answer to an important question about his own behaviour: is he really righteous? I don’t know, he says. Being able … Read More

[Blog] Daf Yomi with Rabbi Aaron Goldstein – Part 3

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein 1 April 2020 Shabbat 21b The Sages taught in a baraita: The basic mitzvah of Hanukkah is each day to have a light kindled by a person, the head of the household, for himself and his household. And the mehadrin, i.e., those who are meticulous in the … Read More

The opportunity to re-connect in these challenging times

Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich thought

26 March 2020 By Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich I am writing to you from Nottingham, on behalf of my community, at the very beginning of the month of Nisan with greetings of hope, friendship and the good news of a coming Exodus both from slavery, when it comes to our sedarim, … Read More

The coronavirus pandemic: A personal response

Rabbi Danny Rich

26 March 2020 By Rabbi Danny Rich Outgoing Senior Rabbi and Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism On one thing we can be agreed: we are living in an extraordinary and challenging moment and each one of us faces one or more difficulty: our own mortality and the possible death of … Read More