It’s around now that the big summer trip starts beckoning. The UK sunshine has faltered after much promise, the end of term is fast approaching and the rest of the office is starting to point out that they won’t be in next month’s meeting. It’s time for a holiday. There’s only one issue – the cash. So what do you do? While here in the UK rail bosses have reluctantly admitted that there are cheaper ways to travel (by splitting your journey into different tickets, as we already knew), we thought it was high time to go the whole hog and explore the options for totally free holidays that can do a little better than a damp trip to Birmingham New Street. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now Be a leader The standard advice for those after a free holiday is to get involved in a working one. There are certainly plenty … [Read more...] about How to travel the world for free
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Megillat Esther, which we read on the evening and then on the morning of Purim, tells the story of a miracle that occurred about 2,300 years ago when the Jewish nation was saved from a satanic plot. We find a surprising reference to this story in the Babylonian Talmud. In Tractate Shabbat, page 88, there is an in-depth discussion about the revelation on Mount Sinai, and there appears a reference to the story of the Megillah as being parallel to that revelation – the foundational event at which the Jewish nation received the Torah.Furthermore, it is also claimed there that in the revelation on Mount Sinai, the Jewish nation did not receive the Torah with free will; there was an element of coercion, when the Divine did not leave room for refusal. However, in the story of the Megillah, the Jews received the Torah with complete and total free will and without any coercion. Therefore, conclude the sages of the Talmud, accepting the Torah during the days of Achashverosh was preferable … [Read more...] about A folk celebration and free will – Purim 5779
In a Globe op-ed and at MBTA fare increase hearings, Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu suggested a solution to many of the woes plaguing the T: Make the system free.Is she crazy?In a word, no. Transit efficiency isn’t measured just by costs — whether borne by riders, benefactors, or taxpayers — but by how well the system works. In Boston, it doesn’t. The reasons are obvious: broken subway cars, missed bus trips, ridership lost to Uber and Lyft, and even fewer riders if a proposed fare increase is approved. Get Today in Opinion in your inbox: Globe Opinion's must-reads, delivered to you every Sunday-Friday. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here But instead of raising fares, some transit agencies have eliminated them altogether. Others, like Miami and Baltimore, waive fares for specific routes or times. So does the MBTA, every year on First Night.“The primary reason we open up the gates is for safety,” says T spokesman Joe … [Read more...] about If T’s goal is efficiency, make fares free
In a chic, minimalist restaurant with an Italian name and an innovative menu, near the centre of Rio de Janeiro, Valdicir dos Santos tucks into his dinner. It consists of banana skin and vegetables served with tangerine sauce, beans, rice and farinha – the flour, ground from dried bread instead of the usual manioc, that Brazilians sprinkle on everything. The food at Refettorio Gastromotiva is excellent – and Dos Santos is one of 90 people eating here for free. “I’m a regular,” says Dos Santos, a homeless man, who has a salad to start and banana ice cream, strawberries and granola for dessert. “It’s a real find, because the food is well selected.” Refettorio Gastromotiva, which opened in August 2016, just before the Olympic Games, is a unique project in a city blighted by poverty and rising homelessness. Those who eat here – abandoned by a country where inequality runs deep and the economy is still crawling out of a crippling … [Read more...] about More than a meal: the swanky Rio restaurant for homeless people
“Perhaps the most striking trend in American religion in recent years has been the growing percentage of adults who do not identify with a religious group,” says a report published by Pew Research Center. Some may lose faith because they disagree with religious teachings on current issues, or because the doctrine lacks strong evidence, doesn't make sense ot them anymore, or because it simply does not add up. Others may become disillusioned following personal trauma; unanswered prayers; the existence of natural disasters, diseases and evil; the conflicts caused by religions; or the questionable morality of religious leaders and religious people. Others say they dislike organized religion and want to make their own decisions rather than listening to somebody else. Still others become distracted by materialism, or find that they're too busy to participate. People who walk away from religion usually say, “I shall be just fine. Please do not … [Read more...] about Faith Forum by Rajan Zed: Why do people lose their faith?