I come from a faith which holds study as one of its highest values. For over two thousand years, Jews across the world have been studying Judaism’s holiest texts: the Tenach (Hebrew Bible), the Mishna, the Talmud and thousands of other texts. As the Jews have moved and been moved around the world, in their dogged commitment to study and scholarship they have surely lived up to their title as the “people of the book.” Study is considered an act of divine service, and the finest minds have always ascended to positions of authority and communal reverence.
Like many British Jews, when I…
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