The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective, there’s a Big Jewish Festival coming up. Happy nearly Weep For The Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem Day everybody! And in even more news, Napoleon Bonaparte heard about it.

From this we learn that we must eliminate racism in football. It’s a good job that Weep For The Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem Day was so close to that football match, otherwise we might never have realised that we must eliminate racism in football.

2 thoughts on “The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

  1. According to Wikipedia, Tisha B’Av has become a sort of all-purpose Jewish day of lamentation, not just for the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem but for all the dreadful things that have been inflicted on Jews throughout history, especially over the past 500 years or so. It is so specifically and uniquely Jewish that it’s a bit of a stretch to bring other injustices, such as football racism, under its umbrella.

    Apparently one of the consequences of the destruction of the Temple was the institution of Rabbinical Judaism, allowing Jews to worship properly in other places and even countries. So if the Temple hadn’t been destroyed there might not have been any Rabbis, or even Chief Rabbis; and no opportunity for Chief Rabbis to talk about Big Jewish Festivals on TftD. Think about that!


  2. Very well stated, StephenJP. Since the temple worshipping Jews were dispersed after 70 CE, and spread throughout the major settled countries of Europe and beyond, it seems a very fatuous exercise to keep referring to that 1st century people as ‘us’ or ‘we.’ Modern Egyptians have closer DNA links with the ancient Egyptians than modern Jews with the ancient Hebrews, but I don’t believe they refer to Pharaoic times in terms of ‘us’ or ‘we.’ There has to be a respectful archaeological distancing. Despite the maintenance of an ancient religion by peoples of diverse ethnic origin, it seems somehow false and disingenuous for modern Jews to claim any close hereditary link to the ancient Israelites, and a share in their vicissitudes.

    I suppose if modern Italians felt like claiming a direct link down the centuries from the ancient Romans, then they would be perfectly justified in celebrating their conquest of Jerusalem in 70 CE and the destruction of the Temple. Fortunately they have the sense and good taste to see how absurd the notion would be.


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