Voice of the Jewish News: A simcha to savour and lessons for tomorrow
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Voice of the Jewish News: A simcha to savour and lessons for tomorrow

This week's editorial reflects on a royal wedding and an interfaith hackathon

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 

Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

A simcha to savour

As the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, news of a royal wedding is the perfect tonic to bring the feel-good factor back to Britain. Monday’s announcement of Prince Harry’s marriage to the future Princess Meghan was a moment to warm the nation’s heart on a winter’s day.

Next May, towns and cities across the land will hang up red, white and blue bunting and toast the couple’s happy union at Windsor Castle.

Our community loves nothing more than a good old simcha. As with the marriage of his brother six years ago, anglo-Jewry will mark Harry’s nuptials with heartfelt tributes and traditional gifts. In the land of milk and honey-moon, meanwhile, President Reuven Rivlin wasted no time in inviting the couple to holiday as newlyweds in Israel.

We look forward to next spring’s happy and glorious wedding day when Britain will again become the focus of the world’s attention and admiration.

Mazeltov Harry and Meghan!

Lessons for tomorrow

How many Jewish youngsters does it take to change an education system for the better? No, not a ‘light bulb’ joke but a challenge set by Jewish charities to tech-minded would-be entrepreneurs for the community’s very first hackathon this weekend. This newspaper is pleased to media sponsor the 14-hour marathon at Work Avenue, which tasks those still learning to design ways to help tomorrow’s learners. There’s something poetic about it, yet it’s a very practical exercise, giving the tech leaders of the future mentoring by today’s industry experts, including senior execs at Google.

Good luck to all the participants, and may the best solution win.

 

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