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The Difficulty of Tikkun Olam

By Louise Baker. ‘Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor, v’lo atah ben chorin l’hivatel mimena’ ‘You are not expected to complete the task, but neither are you free to avoid it’ (Rabbi Tarfon, Pirkei Avot 2:21) This is probably my favourite piece of jewish text. For me it really sums up Tikkun olam in terms of how it affects us in our …

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Constant testing is ruining teenagers’ lives – give us a break

By Emma Jacobs, find the full article here. Gone are the days of having a carefree childhood. Teenagers like me face an endless succession of exams with pressure to succeed at every stage. So Labour’s announcement that it will stop schools being “exam factories” is very welcome. Spring is the start of a period of intense pressure for 16-year-olds taking GCSEs. …

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Reflections on March of The Living

By Gabriel Pogrund Having been divorced for years, I thought I was done with marriage, but then this handsome chap walked into the room and I thought “oooo!” …and I suppose the rest is history.’ Those are the exuberant words of Jean, recounting meeting her future husband for the first time at a dancehall in Leeds. Her permed blonde hair …

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Are we still trapped in Egypt?

by Amie Goldstein, madricha. My question is ‘what is freedom’. We read about freedom, dream about freedom, rejoice in the notion of freedom, teach, advocate, and hope for freedom, but what do we actually mean by freedom? In order to tackle this difficult question, I thought I would start by looking at the roots of the word. Freedom is literally …

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OPINION: A conversation is needed about killing in God’s name

By Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism and Gabriel Pogrund, Editor, The London Tab. Student at UCL.For The Jewish News. Full article here. It would be too easy to ring fence the cause and effect of extremism to any one religious group. Muslim communities are not alone in being affected by the toxicity of radicalisation. Following the fifty day war between …

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The grim state of sexual harassment on campus

by Laura Katan for The Tab London. It’s so bad 150 societies have signed a pledge against sexual harassment at UCL Groping in clubs, spiked drinks, unwanted sexual advances, even a woman being bullied into publicly stimulating oral sex on a cucumber. Sexual harassment remains rife at UCL. Women are experiencing it all too often, but they are afraid to speak out. When …

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Sun, sights & sirens: Why this year’s Israel Tour was different

By Sophie Lipton, Leader on RSY Netzer Tour 1 5774. For The Jewish News, full article here About two weeks before I began Israel tour, on which I was planning to be a madricha (leader) for one of the six RSY Netzer tour groups, Operation Protective Edge exploded across headlines. Israel was at the apex of British news and it …