The Italian Rabbi Who Tried to Talk Henry VIII Out of His First Divorce

An exhibit on historical Jewish manuscripts opened yesterday at the British Museum, and is also accessible online. Among the many treasures on display are what is thought to be the earliest dated copy of Moses Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed and a 17th-century Torah scroll from the Chinese city of Kaifeng. Reviewing the exhibit, Robert Philpot describe what might be its most interesting item, found in the archives of King Henry VIII:

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More about: Henry VIII, Italian Jewry, Levirate marriage, Manuscripts, Moses Maimonides

The UK’s Ban on Hamas Is a Belated Step in the Right Direction

Nov. 29 2021

Twenty years after Britain outlawed Hamas’s military wing, the home secretary, Priti Patel, has decided to proscribe the entire organization. Stephen Daisley applauds this decision, but observes that London does not yet seem to recognize the dangers of what Hamas represents:

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More about: Hamas, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian terror, United Kingdom