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While doing research for my essay on my Occupational Therapy course, I found a fascinating section in a textbook on the influence of Marx, with just the gentlest inference that a good occupational therapist should be smashing capitalism. I thought it worth sharing.

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Next on my reading list: “Providing meaningful occupation through full communism”.

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A few weeks ago, Channel 4 asked me to participate in their 4Thought programme on being LGBT and Jewish (I’d previously sourced them a friend for a different theme) to coincide with London Pride. I agreed, filmed it, and thought nothing more of it other than “ZOMG, I’m going to be on telly! And no-one watches telly anymore, so I don’t have to tell anyone if they make me look bad”. As it turned out, they took three hours of insightful, thought-out analysis on Pride, LGBT, Judaism, and our society, and produced a minute and a half of TV that barely mentioned Judaism at all and said not much more about anything else. Maybe I wasn’t soundbiteable enough.

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We’re All Just Pawns to the Tories

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Originally published at Lesbilicious at the time of the Second Reading on the same sex marriage bill in the House of Commons. For the most part, there has never been a better time in history to be LGBT on this earth. But every so often, in my Western middle class world, the march towards full […]

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On Evidence for God, by Rabbi Louis Jacobs

April 12, 2013

This is an extract laboriously typed up from “We Have Reason to Believe” by Rabbi Louis Jacobs. I have always found it to articulate the evidence for the existence of God far better than anything I have written. “In the nature of the case, the evidence of the senses cannot demonstrate the existence of that […]

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The Audacity of Hope

March 10, 2013

I was very struck, when I read Barack Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope by the total inaccuracy at criticisms levelled by the American and global left that he has been a disappointment as a President because he sold out on his ideals. Actually, if you read his pre-Presidency book, he outlined all of the […]

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The Pope’s resigned! What does that mean for LGBT people?

February 17, 2013

Yesterday, 11 February 2013, Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican enforcer, “God’s Rottweiler” and paradoxically, the “teaching Pope” and author of a pastoral letter to the world’s Catholics praising sexual love, has today announced that he is resigning from his position due to “advanced age”. Pope Benedict is the first pope to resign since Clement V […]

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Order the Confetti! But is Homophobia a Vote-Winner Anymore?

February 8, 2013

SO! Same sex marriage! Second Reading! 400 votes to 175! Today is a truly great day for LGBT people in Britain. The last form of de jure discrimination is falling. It’s been less of a great day for David Cameron, who saw more Tory MPs vote against the bill than vote for it. And that […]

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HIV/AIDS in Iran

December 4, 2012

I am on the mailing list for the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees, a organisation that supports LGBT Iranians to seek asylum around the world and smuggles those whose lives are at risk to safe houses in Canada. I received this email to mark World AIDS Day and found it so powerful I got permission […]

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Happy 2012! – What is Success?

January 2, 2012

(My thanks to Fame) Success is waking up in the morning, so excited about what you have to do that you literally fly out the door. It’s getting to work with people you love. Success is connecting with the world and making people feel. It’s finding a way to bind together people who have nothing […]

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Being Grateful for what Everyone Else Does for You

June 20, 2011

“A friend of mine, Rabbi Leibel Benjaminson, described a self-improvement (“mussar”) group in which he participated. In order to improve their sense of gratitude, everyone in the group was to select one thing that they do frequently – and then think for 10 minutes about its ramifications. My friend drank one cup of coffee every […]

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