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Posts tagged ‘Heart and soul’

H&S: Miriam Camerini

this morning (friday 8th), 9.33-9.41am (repeated 4.33pm, 2.33pm saturday, and 11.33am and 10.33pm sunday), on bbc world service radio  

heart and soul (presented by john mccarthy) includes …

Miriam Camerini is an Italian trainee Rabbi who is stranded in Canada, unable to travel home. She is heartbroken to hear of sick friends, but comforted by new online connections with Jerusalem.”

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H&S: Paris helpline

this morning (friday 17th), 9.43-9.47pm (repeated 4.43pm, and 11.43am and 10.43pm sunday), on bbc world service radio 

faith in lockdown france (in the heart and soul series) (presented by john laurenson) includes…

“A helpline has been set up by Parisian rabbi Elie Lemell.”


H&S: The tattooist of Jerusalem

this morning (sunday 12th), 11.32-11.59am (repeated 10.30pm, and repeated from 9.32am and 4.32pm friday and 2.32pm saturday), on bbc world service radio 

For more than 500 years, Wassim Razzouk’s family have been tattooing the pilgrims to Jerusalem.

including contributions from …

• ‘the jerusalem tattooist’ wassim razzouk 

frank staples, 80

• pastor george milliman, 57, from sturgis, michigan, and his daughter • dana milliman 

madeline foley, studying history and politics, notre dame, new orleans

• historian dr mordechai levy

• father anton razzouk and • son (also) anton razzouk

• pastor carrie ballenger, lutheran church of the redeemer, jerusalem


H&S: Religion tech

this afternoon (friday 27th), 1.32-2.00pm (repeated 9.32am and 11.32pm sunday), on bbc world service radio 

religion in the digital age: discussion (in the heart and soul series) (presented by sophia smith galer) includes…

Sophia Smith Galer has been exploring how digital technology is changing the ways we worship and her guests will give their thoughts on … the future of faith and technology.”

including contributions from …

daniel sugarman, public affairs officer, board of deputies


H&S: VR survivors

this afternoon (friday 20th), 1.51-1.58pm (repeated 9.51am and 11.51pm sunday), on bbc world service radio

vr technology (in the heart and soul series) (presented by sophia smith galer) includes…

VR technology is also teaching future generations about religious tolerance. It is the 27th of January and Jews and Holocaust survivors from across the world are on a pilgrimage to Poland for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Among them are • Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser, 91, and • Karen Jungblut, director of global initiatives at the Shoah Foundation Institute, based at the University of Southern California.

The institute’s mission is to preserve the first-person accounts of 50,000 Holocaust survivors and other witnesses began with videotape. Now it uses 360 filming to capture those testimonies in the landscape where it happened. How does giving his testimony at Auschwitz-Birkenau affect 91-year-old Ben?


H&S: A Jewish scribe

this afternoon (friday 24th), 1.32-2.00pm, on bbc world service radio 

adventures of a jewish scribe (in the heart and soul series) (presented by dina newman)

including contributions from …

• scribe marc michaels (mordechai pinchas)

jeffrey ohrenstein, memorial scrolls trust 

• scribe avielah michaels  

mother xavier, tyburn convent, london

“We meet Marc Michaels who has a rare skill. He’s keeping Jewish tradition alive. He is a Sofer, a scribe. It’s a dexterous skill that has been passed down for thousands of years. Scrolls are always hand written, otherwise they are not Kosher.


H&S: Large families

this afternoon (friday 2nd), 1.32-2.00pm (repeated 11.32pm sunday), on bbc world service radio 

my faith and my large family (presented by colin brazier) (in the heart and soul series) includes …

“Colin meets a Jewish family who have chosen to have a large family and a Christian who has decided that she would have just one child for the sake of the environment.”

including interview with …

• rabbi yoni birnbaum and family


H&S: Female trainee rabbi

this afternoon (friday 31st), 1.32-2.00pm (repeated 11.32pm sunday), on bbc world service radio 

a female rabbi in training (interviewed by geoff bird) (in the heart and soul series)

Miriam Camerini is in training. It’s a three year course, and at the end of it, if she is successful, she will become one of the world’s first female Orthodox Jewish rabbis.


H&S: Tree of Life

this afternoon (friday 8th), 1.32-2.00pm (repeated 9.23am and 11.32pm on sunday), on bbc world service radio
american judaism after the tree of life (presented by david mcguire) (in the heart and soul series)
including contributions from …
• rabbi jeffrey myers, tree of life synagogue
emily pressman, friendship circle of pittsburgh
tammy hepps, bend the arc
matthew brooks, republican jewish coalition
• rabbi jonathan perlman, survivor, new light congregaion

“It was the response of Jewish organisations that was possibly most telling the day after last year’s Tree of Life shooting. President Trump wasn’t welcome in Pittsburgh unless, that is, he denounced the language of white nationalism.

H&S: Marriage in Israel

this afternoon (sunday 13th), 12.06-12.59pm, on bbc world service radio (repeated from 7.06pm saturday)
marriage in israel (3rd of 4 episodes in the heart and soul gathering series) (discussion programme, chaired by tim franks)
with panel …
• rabbi yitzchok elefant, chief rabbi of dimona
• dr susan weiss founder of centre for women’s justice
• dr elana heideman, executive director of israel forever foundation
• rabbi chuck davidson
and contributions from …
kylie eisman-lifschitz of agunah organisation mavoi satum
• agunah ella ben-emanuel
stephanie kramer, convert at age 3

Should the Rabbinate should be stripped of its monopoly, or do the current rules protect the identity and values of the Jewish faith?
Many young Jewish people living in Israel feel religion has too big an influence over their private lives. Numerous aspects of life are governed by a council made up of orthodox rabbis called the Rabbinate. They decide who is and isn’t Jewish and by extension who can and can’t marry.
Supporters of the organisation say this helps preserve Jewish identity.
Critics say it means thousands of people who are not deemed ‘Jewish enough’ can’t marry each other, forcing couples to leave the country to have a ceremony that will be recognised by the authorities when they return home.
The religious monopoly on marriage also means Jews cannot marry non-Jews and as the council of orthodox rabbis rule on divorce for every married couple in Israel, many say this disadvantages women.”

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