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Enriched by Difference — Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

Any conviction worth its salt has chosen to cohabit with a piece of mystery. All of our traditions insist on a reverence for what we do not know now and cannot tie up with explanation in this lifetime. This is an invitation to bring the particularities and passions of our identities into common life, while honoring the essential mystery and dignity of the other — and to do so not as an adjunct to faithfulness, but as an article of it.
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who held the august title of (...)

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When we Africans look at Black Americans on the news

Make no doubt about it, when a European caucasian person sees a caucasian person from New Zealand, or Australia, or from the Unites States or Canada, they don’t think of them as New Zealanders or Australians etc, but as European caucasians just like them, who happen to live in these places. Which happens to be the truth.
The same way, when we Africans look at Black Americans on the news, we don’t think of them as "American" but as Africans, which happens to be the truth. If a European (...)

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Rabbinate intolerance

Strains of the Israeli national anthem “Hatikvah” overpowered the sounds of morning rush hour as some 200 protesters demonstrated outside the Supreme Rabbinical Court at the entrance to Jerusalem on Wednesday morning.
The protest was organized by former students of New York Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the former principal of the Ramaz High School and spiritual leader of the large Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, whose conversion last year of a 31-year-old American immigrant named Nicole was (...)

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Arnaud Mimran sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

A French court sentenced Arnaud Mimran, a tycoon who previously donated money to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to eight years in prison on fraud charges.
An Haaretz and Medipart investigation has found suspicions that Mimran has in the past financed vacations for Netanyahu and family members. During his trial Mimran has testified that he gave Netanyahu a million Euro for his election campaign. Later Mimran corrected that, saying the sum was actually much less and that it was paid out (...)

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Rwanda : Benjamin Netanyahu toured a memorial for victims

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday toured a memorial for victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda during the first visit by a sitting Israeli prime minister to sub-Saharan Africa in three decades.
Netanyahu laid a wreath at the mass graves honoring the more than 800,000 victims of the genocide perpetrated by Hutu extremists against the Tutsi ethnic group and moderate Hutus.
“We are deeply moved by this memorial to the victims of one of history’s greatest crimes and (...)

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