Naftali Brawer
Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer served as the spiritual leader in congregations in both the United States and the United Kingdom. In his last communal post he served as Senior Rabbi to the Borehamwood & Elstree United Synagogue, one of the largest Orthodox Synagogues in the UK. He is a seasoned broadcaster on BBC Radio, a columnist in both the Jewish and national British press and a published author. He served on the Chief Rabbi’s cabinet and continues to serve on a number of various advisory boards including the international Jewish Human Rights organization; Rene Cassin. Rabbi Brawer has been very involved in interfaith work both in the UK and in internationally. In 2008 The Jewish Chronicle listed Rabbi Brawer amongst the 100 most influential people shaping the Jewish community in Britain. In September 2011 he took up his current position as CEO of Spiritual Capital Foundation; a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a new language of higher purpose and deeper meaning in the workplace. Rabbi Brawer is a sought after public speaker and educator.

Entries by Naftali Brawer

The Challenges and Opportunities of Change: A Sukot Meditation

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 12:53 PM

It was the coldest day of the year. I was in Leeds waiting for the train back to London. Despite several layers of warm clothing I was shivering uncontrollably. A friend who I was travelling with stood next to me wearing nothing but an open-neck shirt, a pair of jeans...

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Feasting and Fasting: Insights Into Ramadan and Tisha B'Av

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 4:51 PM

Today many observant Jews as well as Muslims are hungry. Muslims find themselves just over a week into the month long fast of Ramadan while Jews find themselves observing the 24 hour fast of Tisha B'Av commemorating the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE.

While fasting has always been...

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A Heavenly Concert in the Gates of Hell

(10) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 12:38 PM

On Sunday I attended a concert at Auschwitz. The former Nazi extermination camp was host to over 10,000 people, including dozens of bishops, rabbis and politicians all assembled to listen to the orchestra and choir of the Neocatechumenal Way perform a symphonic-catechetical in memory of and in solidarity with the...

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A Presidential Inauguration, Beyonce, and the Climate of Risk-Aversion

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 3:42 PM

Last week, the Times reported that Beyonce lip-synched her way through a stirring rendition of the national anthem at Barack Obama's second presidential inauguration. Social media sites pulsed with activity as fans of the singer debated the significance of the fact that the diva might well have hit...

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It's Not the End of the World (Yet!)

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 5:30 AM

This grey cold Friday morning, my grating alarm clock went off at precisely 6:30. Instead of eliciting the usual resentment, this morning its shrill bleeping brought a smile to my face. Its 21st of December 2012 and the world is still here. So much for the ancient Mayan doomsday prediction....

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Light Darkness and Shadow: Art and the Meaning of Life

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 5:39 AM

I recently saw a fascinating exhibit at Blain Southern by the East London artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster entitled Nihilistic Optimistic. The artwork consists of piles of junk ingeniously constructed and placed in front of beams of light so as to project realistic self-portrait shadows of the artists against...

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