Why Today is Important: 11th May

The 11th May marks the beginning of Lag BaOmer, a Jewish festival that historically marks a brief reprieve in the Omer, a period of mourning in Judaism. According to tradition, a long time ago a plague killed thousands of students of the Rabbi Akiva, a significant figure in Judaism. The plague ended on Lag BaOmer,Continue reading “Why Today is Important: 11th May”

(China-436) March 8, 2020 – A young man in Hong Kong interested in the history of the Jews in China — Getting 2 Know You – China

CAN THE JEWS OF KAIFENG, CHINA, SURVIVE XI JINPING, AS THEY HAVE 1,400 YEARS OF CLOODS, REVOLUTION, AND INTERMARRIAGE? Dwindling community in city in Henan province is threatened by a campaign against ‘unaurthorised religion’ It has an unlikely ambassador in the form of an 18-year-old schoolboy from Hong Kong Etan Smallman SCMP March 8, 2020 […]Continue reading “(China-436) March 8, 2020 – A young man in Hong Kong interested in the history of the Jews in China — Getting 2 Know You – China”

Teachers, Apples, and Netanyahu

There’s something degrading about having food thrown at you. Usually it’ll be something like eggs or tomatoes, but in Israel one woman decided that these soft, breakable foods just didn’t do the trick. So she went for an apple. Zehava Brinish Beck, an Israeli teacher of Ethiopian origin, was sick of Netanyahu and his unfairContinue reading “Teachers, Apples, and Netanyahu”

Why Today Is Important: 9th March

This day is important for more than one religion, in two distinctly different parts of the world. The first holiday I stumbled across, was Purim. Purim, a Jewish festival that falls on different dates each year on the Western calendar, but routinely falls on the 13th day of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/earlyContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 9th March”

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