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The principle of pekuach nefesh (pronounced pe-koo-ach ne-fesh) is usually translated into English as ‘saving a life’ and is known to every observant Jew. It
Israel is home to a widely diverse population from many ethnic, religious, cultural and social backgrounds. Some 6.6 million people live there today, including approximately
The great Jewish philosopher Maimonides stated that “all moral principles concern the relationship of man to his neighbour”, being “given to man for the benefit
Passover or Pesach, as the festival is called in Hebrew, historically commemorates the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, and recalls
There are three main customs connected with Pesach. One of these is eating matzah. The second is that we are not allowed to eat or
WHAT IS PESACH AND WHEN DO WE CELEBRATE IT? Passover or Pesach פסח, as it is called in Hebrew, is the festival that reminds us
How Pesach is Observed There are three central observances connected with Pesach. These are the eating of matzah, the prohibition against eating or even owning
HALLEL On the first 2 days of Pesach we say the full Hallel during morning services at the synagogue. ‘Hallel’ means ‘praise’ and is the
Judasim has a strong tradition of charity and Jewish communities are well known for their philanthropic organisations. The biblical laws of leket, shikhchah and peah
Pidyon Haben is translated into English as the ‘Redemption of the Firstborn’. In the Book of Numbers 18:15-16 we read: “The first issue of the
Pirkei Avot can be translated literally as ‘Chapters of the Fathers’, but it is often referred to in English as ‘The Ethics of the Fathers’.
Pirkei Avot (known in English as ‘Ethics of the Fathers’) is widely known and regarded as a book in its own right, but in fact