What is a Jew?

Depends on who you ask. It is not just a religion, but without the religion of Judaism it would not exist. One thing that Jews aren’t, is a race. You can’t convert to a race. Mind you, no one can give me a consistent answer as to what is the definition of a ‘race’, whichContinue reading “What is a Jew?”

Hanukkah 5782

It seems everyone this year is getting into Hanukkah in a big way, all the local synagogues are throwing huge parties. I would suspect that they are super keen to get everyone back to shul after all the lockdowns. I don’t blame them, there are likely to be many people who have drifted away asContinue reading “Hanukkah 5782”

Holidays in the Southern Hemisphere

Although not quite as ridiculous as pine trees covered in snow in 40°C weather, Jewish Holidays are not in sync with their intended seasons. Pesach, that joyful celebration of the arrival of spring and the freedom of the Hebrews from Egypt, is in autumn. Late the same season is Shavuot, which of course is partlyContinue reading “Holidays in the Southern Hemisphere”

Going back to shul

So many converts will have spent the majority of the last 1.5 years cut off from their chosen community. Reading through material without any other converts around to ask seemingly silly questions. Contemplating how on earth they could ever possibly understand all the intricacies of kashrut let alone follow the majority of them. It mustContinue reading “Going back to shul”

Rejection of the Ugandan Jews

The Israeli Interior Ministry has determined that the small Ugandan community of Jews called Abayudaya are not Jewish enough to be eligible to immigrate to Israel. They converted to Judaism in early the 1900s, doing so with no contact with established communities in the Diaspora, which I think is pretty amazing. https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/a-history-of-the-abuyudaya-jews-of-uganda I suppose thisContinue reading “Rejection of the Ugandan Jews”