The ark of the covenant and the third temple

There is a movement afoot among orthodox Jews to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and to this end they have been looking for a red heifer without blemish to dedicate the temple.  Although there have been discredited claims in recent decades, yet there are rumours that a suitable red heifer has been found and that …

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Redefining racism and antisemitism

The current antisemitism furore in the Labour Party is about redefining antisemitism and what people misappropriately call racism. We live in an era that is redefining the most basic terms, redefining marriage and gender by self-declaration, supported by the Prime Minister Theresa May. It is a feature of current society that words are defined and …

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We do not like you but we love your money

The USA, UK and Israel are in competition for the 'most disliked country' in the world. Forget North Korea, Syria, Iran and the host of other countries who regularly condemn Israel at the United Nations (UN).  The current pariahs are the UK for leaving the European Union (EU), and the USA for moving its embassy …

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The liberation of Jerusalem 1917 and 1967

One hundred years ago today, Jerusalem was liberated during the first World War by the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) led by British forces.  It was a significant event in the long journey towards recognizing and re-establishing the state of Israel in the native homeland of the Jews. On 11th December 1917 British General Sir Edmund …

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70 years of recognition

Today is the 70th anniversary of the international recognition of the right of the state of Israel to exist. This continues to be challenged by many Palestinians. On 29/11/1947 the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 181 (also known as the Partition Resolution) that gave international legitimacy to divide Great Britain’s former Palestinian mandate into …

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Your Christian identity

Are you a Jewish Christian or a Christian Jew or both? Are you a Friend of Israel, a Conservative Friend of Israel or a Christian Friend of Israel? The International Development Secretary Priti Patel was formally reprimanded by Prime Minister Theresa May for a series of meetings with Israeli officials while there on holiday. These …

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Two liberating anniversaries today

Liberty is the theme for Reformation Day 2017. There are two liberating anniversaries today - 500 and 100 years ago respectively - and the message from each of them is being forgotten. 500 years ago today Martin Luther sparked the European Protestant Reformation and 100 years ago today the Balfour Declaration was finalised by the …

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