Lecture – Heinz Dilemma: His money or her life?

Living by ethical priniciples in an imperfect world tests a person’s character. How do we resolve tensions when moral principles conflict? Lawrence Kohlberg presented the following dilemma: 1.In Europe, a woman was near death from a specialkind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form ofContinue reading “Lecture – Heinz Dilemma: His money or her life?”

Never just a number

Stories, rather than numbers, are where we can find rich meaning in life. The UK’s death toll has reached over 10,000 – in a little over 5 weeks. The sheer enormity of these numbers overwhelms each personal tragedy. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, the youngestContinue reading “Never just a number”

The silver lining of Covid

What Positives from the Coronavirus? A couple of weeks ago, travelling on the underground, I stared in disbelief at the spectacle of a couple of Chinese commuters with masks over their faces, in London, I thought? Absurd!? Fast forward a few weeks, and commuters, whether in London, New York or Paris are filled with growingContinue reading “The silver lining of Covid”

The Viral Virus

My insights on COVID so far… A couple of weeks ago, travelling on the underground, I stared in disbelief at the spectacle of a couple of Chinese commuters with masks over their faces, in London, I thought? Absurd!? Fast forward a few weeks, and commuters, whether in London, New York or Paris are filled withContinue reading “The Viral Virus”

Shopping and finding the perfect gift

For many in this country it’s an exciting time of year and  I am told only 10 shopping days to go for the non jewish world to prepare themselves and make sure they have done all the shopping Yet many feel tremendous pressure to ensure that they succeed in buying something for everyone in theContinue reading “Shopping and finding the perfect gift”

Freedom of expression as a basic right in society

This week we witnessed the horrendous abuse directed towards Anna Soubry MP during the course of a live TV interview. Shouts of Nazi drowned out her interview and she was subsequently harassed and her path blocked as she attempted to walk into Parliament in full gaze of the Police who chose not to intervene. ThereContinue reading “Freedom of expression as a basic right in society”

The Music of Human Dignity

The Pianist & The Music of Human Dignity  The Pianist is the remarkable true story of the pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman. Half crazed and half starved, having lived through the unspeakable horrors of the Nazi occupation, in 1944 Szpilman was facing the ominous prospect of being sent to a concentration camp to be killed like theContinue reading “The Music of Human Dignity”