Throughout long history of Azerbaijan, many nationalities and different ethnic groups with various religious beliefs have lived together in peace and harmony, and that’s why the country can proudly be called a land of religious tolerance. Azerbaijani people have developed a mentality of kindness towards all people who live within its territory despite nationality, roots, culture and religion. While the entire world experiences great problems based on religious intolerance and conflicts, Azerbaijan can serve as best example of a community where each person shows respect to human-beings of different races and religions. The issues assume a particular importance in times when Europe faces terrorist attacks, aggression of the newly emerged nationalistic parties. Being a Muslim-majority country has not prevented Azerbaijan from becoming home to Christians, Jews and other religious confessions. Till today, the history has not recorded a single conflict between Christians, Jews … [Read more...] about Azerbaijan. Land of religious tolerance
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THE two-part series will explore the trials and challenges facing British Jews in today's society. Here's all you need to know... What time is We Are British Jews on BBC2 tonight? We Are British Jews is on BBC2 tonight 4th September at 9pm. The first episode of the two-part series will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer after airing. In the hour-long programme, British Jews will confront some of the big questions and challenges of the Jewish community in the UK. What is it about? The programme follows eight British Jews from different backgrounds and with differing views, beliefs and practices. Throughout the two-part series they confront the questions, trials and challenges that the Jewish community in the UK faces. And they explore whether anti-antisemitism is still prevalent in modern society. In the first episode the group meet on British soil - in Manchester - to get to know each other and understand their different experiences and viewpoints. The eight will then travel to … [Read more...] about What time is We Are British Jews on BBC2 tonight, what is it about and what is anti-semitism?
Since the Middle Ages, Russia is covered with Orthodox churches and they seem to be here to stay Natalya Nosova The vast majority of Russians identify as Orthodox Christians, loyal to the religion that came here more than thousand years ago. However, many Russians see their Christian identity as quite symbolic. When a priest at the most Eastern Orthodox church in Russia,situated on the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea (almost 5,000 miles east of Moscow), starts to conduct his morning liturgy at 8 AM, the previous day isn’t even over in the capital. No other religion is so widespread in Russia; almost every community, big or small, hosts its own Orthodox church. It’s not surprising: according tostatistics, approximately 75% Russian citizens consider themselves Orthodox Christians. But how did it all start? Politics lead to a change of faith Until the late 10th century, Slavic tribes were predominantly pagan with different communities preferring and … [Read more...] about Why are Russian people (mostly) Orthodox Christians?
ČTK | 4 July 2018 Jerusalem, July 3 (CTK) - Czech Senate chairman Milan Stech and Slovak Parliament speaker Andrej Danko attended the opening of the exhibition Masaryk and the Holy Land that marks the the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia and the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel in the Knesset building in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Stech had talks with Juli-Joel Edelstein, the head of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, earlier on Tuesday. He also met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his current visit to Israel. At the opening on Tuesday, Stech recalled the history of relations between Israel and Czechoslovakia. He pointed out that the Czech Republic is a stable partner of Israel. He said he believed Czech-Israeli cooperation would be deepened in defence systems, education, science and advanced technologies. Stech said study stays of Czechs in Israel and vice versa were the best way to build trust between the two nations and face common threats together. He … [Read more...] about Czech, Slovak parliament heads open Knesset exhibition on Masaryk
WHEN the United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem it reignited one of the most hotly disputed subjects at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Here's what you need to know about Donald Trump's decision which was welcomed by the Jewish state but condemned by other countries. What is the capital of Israel? Israel, which gained independence as a modern country in 1948, claims Jerusalem as its capital. But this is not internationally recognised because the ancient city is also the proclaimed capital of the State of Palestine. Jerusalem's unresolved status is one of the core questions at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict. A 1949 treaty following the Arab-Israeli war divided Jerusalem into two sections with the western half controlled by Israel, and the eastern half controlled by Jordan. Although Israel captured and annexed the entire city during the 1967 Six Day War, East Jerusalem – containing the famous Old City – is still claimed by … [Read more...] about Is Jerusalem the capital of Israel and why did Donald Trump move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv?