Flora Gill 20 April 2019 1:41 PM 20 April 2019 1:41 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp On religious holidays it’s customary for politicians and parties to send out well-wishing notes to the celebrating group. An ‘Eid Mubarak’ to Muslims, a ‘Merry Christmas’ to Christians. The practice has become so assumed that to not do so is often viewed as a slight or offence. Yesterday, on the first day of the Jewish festival of Passover, the official Labour Twitter account sent out a message of support. As we all know, accusations of the party’s institutional anti-Semitism has been a contentions debate for the last three years under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. You would expect Labour then to be making every effort to prove this label unfit and unfair. However, the group’s Passover message, while captioned with pleasant greetings wishing Jewish people a ‘Chag Sameach’, included a graphic of the … [Read more...] about Is Labour trying to troll the Jewish community?
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You had to see the celebration of democracy at the polling stations in Turkey on election day. Whether it is the local elections as it was yesterday or the presidential elections in June 2018, Turks turn the event into a pilgrimage. They put on their fanciest dresses and best suits and in an orderly fashion they cast their votes. Those people, who rush to their cars and even into the toll booths (sometimes two cars squeeze into one gate!), offer their places to their neighbors waiting in line.Unfortunately, we don't have "I Voted" stickers. Somebody must implement the idea.We voted yesterday and today we have a stronger government. The Erdoğan administration (I guess we can call it that rather than just "the government") is now more powerful than ever since we switched to the presidential system.Yes, his Justice and Development Party (AK Party), keeping the overall share of votes, won less seats in the municipalities yesterday; but it is the central government that allocates funds … [Read more...] about What’s ahead for Turkish politics?
ALBERT Einstein slammed Adolf Hitler’s “insanity” and anti-Semitism which forced him to flee Nazi Germany in never-before-seen letters on sale for £30,000. In the personal messages, the Jewish mathematician complained of the brutal racism which had infested the country following the fascist dictator’s rise to power in 1933. Einstein’s cottage was raided and turned it into a Hitler Youth camp, his sailing boat was confiscated and his books were burnt. The legendary physicist, known for his groundbreaking theory of relativity, was also prevented from working by a ban on Jews from teaching at universities and one German magazine even listed him as an "enemy of the German regime." In a letter penned to his first wife Mileva on April 17, 1934, Einstein wrote of how the financial woes inflicted on him made it difficult for him to support his son Eduard's ongoing treatment for schizophrenia. Einstein, who died in 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey, said that the … [Read more...] about Albert Einstein blasted Hitler’s ‘insanity’ and praised Jewish ‘resistance’ in never-before-seen letters written as Nazis drove him Germany
MORE than 15 million people around the world adhere to Judaism - an ancient religion spanning over 3,000 years. But how do observers celebrate the significant dates in the Hebrew calendar? What are the major Jewish festivals? There are numerous Jewish festivals, but only five of them allow observers to miss work. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot are viewed as the most important festivals in Judaism, where observers are forbidden from labour. Work is permitted on two minor holidays, Purim and Hanukkah. But there are others too, dotted throughout the Hebrew year. Here's the background to the festivals, and how they're celebrated. Shabbat - The Sabbath Shabbat means seventh, and comes at the end of the Jewish week every Saturday. The weekly festival is so central to Jewish life that the term shomer Shabbat (Shabbat observer) is synonymous with religious Jews. The day of rest begins on Friday at sunset and ends on the following evening. Its foundations lie in the … [Read more...] about Jewish festivals 2019 – from Shavuot and Purim to Yom Kippur, here are all the significant dates for the Hebrew Year
JEWS around the world gather every year to celebrate Purim with an all-day party. But what is the holiday - known as the Jewish Mardi-Gras - all about? What is Purim? Purim is a Jewish holiday celebrating the saving of the Jews from ancient royal adviser Haman. He planned to massacre the Jewish people in the Achaemenid Empire in the Middle East. His plans were foiled by Mordecai and his cousin and adopted daughter Esther, who had risen to become Queen of Persia. According to the book of Esther in the Jewish bible the Torah, the day of deliverance should be celebrated as a day of feasting. It reads: "That they should make them days of feasting and gladness, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor". How do Jews celebrate Purim? Purim is celebrated with an exchange of gifts among friends and family as well as giving donations to the poor. People gather for a huge feast known as known as a se'udat Purim and there are public readings of the Scroll of Esther. Other … [Read more...] about When is Purim 2019, what is the Jewish holiday about and how is it marked in the UK?