12th April 2019 • Harry Freedman • Among the many inspirational passages in the Bible there are some, quite a few in fact, that seem to be exceedingly dull. Chapter 14 of Leviticus appears to be about as uninspiring as any. It deals with the ... Continue Reading ➨
Thoughts & Readers Contributions
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Dr Harry Freedman, who helped start Friends in 2006 and who has subsequently been advising and helping our growth will be a major contributor so it is fitting that we start this project with his contribution dealing with this week's parasha.
5th April 2019 • Harry Freedman • The skin condition which is poorly translated as leprosy in English versions of the Bible is no ordinary disease. Sufferers from the disease are not only quarantined, as we might expect; they are also declared ... Continue Reading ➨
29th March 2019 • Harry Freedman • One of the most difficult incidents to understand in the whole Bible is the death of Aaron’s two eldest sons, at the ceremony of dedication for the Tabernacle. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion. The portable ... Continue Reading ➨
22nd March 2019 • Harry Freedman • The Book of Leviticus discussing sacrifices far more widely than any other section of the Bible. Most of us do not find the idea of sacrifices stimulating, indeed many people are repelled by the thought of them. ... Continue Reading ➨
15th March 2019 • Simon Eder • There is much to be said for the argument that the overarching theme of the Tanach is God’s relationship with Israel. So many books of the Hebrew Bible address their covenant. This begins of course in Exodus when God ... Continue Reading ➨
14th March 2019 • Dr Harry Freedman • “And should a person offend when he hears a voice in adjuration, he being a witness, or has seen or known, if he does not tell, he shall bear his punishment” (Leviticus 5,1, Robert Alter translation). This is a ... Continue Reading ➨
13th February 2019 • Dr Harry Freedman • How Language Helps Us Make Connections We Might Otherwise Miss The High Priest in the Israelite Tabernacle, and later in the Jerusalem Temple, was told to wear an object, identified as a tzitz, on his ... Continue Reading ➨
1st February 2019 • Dr Harry Freedman • Chapter 18 of the book of Exodus feels a little like an anti-climax. The previous chapters have been high drama: the ten plagues, departure from Egypt, splitting of the Red Sea, the miraculous descent of the ... Continue Reading ➨
I remember vividly the late Rabbi Jacobs once paraphrasing GK Chesterton - "the good thing about being in hot water is that you stay clean". It was certainly in this spirit that "the Quest" - the initiative of The Friends of Louis Jacobs, was begun ... Continue Reading ➨