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Tftd: transcripts ended

the bbc appears to have stopped producing transcripts for thought for the day, as from 22nd october 2019

Tftd: Wittenberg 5/11/2019

this morning (tuesday 5th), 7.46-7.49am, on bbc radio 4

thought for the day, by rabbi jonathan wittenberg

“In a healthy society, there will always be differences of opinion, but such a society knows how to argue them, attacking the issues, not their proponents.”

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Tftd: Wittenberg 29/10/2019

this morning (tuesday 29th), 7.47-7.50am, on bbc radio 4

thought for the day, by rabbi jonathan wittenberg

“Humanity has nothing more urgent on the agenda than the climate crisis.“

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Tftd: Fraser 15/10/2019

this morning (tuesday 15th), 7.46-7.49am, on bbc radio 4

thought for the day, by rev dr giles fraser 

As a child of a priest, he hangs around church enough to pick up quite a lot of the grammar of Christianity. But he’s also Jewish, and so here in Israel where we’ve been living with my wife’s family over the last few months, Louis has been exposed to all the recent religious festival, Rosh Hashahah Yom Kppuur and now Succot. Over the weekend he was helping his mum decorate our newly-erected succah, and learning how these distinctive shelters remind Jews of the story of when they were living in temporary accommodation whilst wandering the desert after the Exodus.”

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Tftd: Mirvis 8/10/2019

this morning (tuesday 8th), 7.48-7.51am, on bbc radio 4

thought for the day, by chief rabbi ephraim mirvis

Yom Kippur: ‘The lesson of Yom Kippur is that we should favour not public fury but personal responsibility’.”

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Tftd: Mirvis 27/9/2019

this morning (friday 27th), 7.47-7.50am, on bbc radio 4

thought for the day, by chief rabbi ephraim mirvis

“I believe that now, more than ever before, our challenged world needs to understand and internalise what it means to be a mensch. A mensch passionately fights for what they believe is right, without ever compromising on courtesy.  A mensch debates the substance of an issue, without seeking to destroy their opposition. A mensch is slow to anger and quick to learn from others, including those with whom they may profoundly disagree. And a mensch puts humility and responsibility before their own reputation.”

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Tftd: Sacks on Humphrys

On John Humphrys’ last day presenting Today, Rabbi Lord Sacks appears to have been chosen specially to say goodbye to him …

this morning (thursday 19th), 7.46-7.49am, on bbc radio 4

thought for the day, by former chief rabbi lord sacks

We don’t have prophets nowadays, but if we did, one place you’d probably find them would be the Today programme, because today’s tough interviewers are recognisably in that tradition of holding power accountable to truth, and among them for me, and for many others, John Humphrys has been one of the best for our time …

He’s taught me that honest doubt can be more powerful than dishonest faith.” 

(if you missed it, available from 1:46:20 to 1:49:30 at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0008jd0, or soon with transcript at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00szxv6)

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