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  • PR perfection

    Jenni Frazer
    Aug 5, 2009

    "Dear Jewish Chronicle,

    Please find below brief details of a forthcoming title that we think may be of interest to your readers:

    The Christian Prayer Deck (£12.99 Card Pack - September 2009) Christian prayers extend far beyond traditional Biblical wisdom. From a range of sources around the world from antiquity to recent times, they provide wisdom and guidance for our daily lives. The cards in this deck focus on love, forgiveness, courage, grace and thanksgiving."

  • El Al's pants deal

    Candice Krieger
    Aug 5, 2009

    Now I know that business is business, but I find this El Al deal slightly strange.

    According to Israeli reports, the airline has signed an agreement to sell Victoria's Secret beauty products on flights from September. Nothing out of the ordinary about that. It is the plan to introduce a lingerie line, which seems a little misplaced. While I am definitely not one to turn down shopping opportunities, lingerie is something that is probably best tried on - bit tricky on a plane, where there is just about enough room to sit down (with your bag placed firmly under the seat infront of you). It will be interesting to see how it goes down with the more Orthodox passengers.

     

  • Don't look now...

    Geoffrey Paul
    Aug 4, 2009

    New neighbours are moving in. Their goods and chattels have arrived aboard a huge pantechnicon. It has travelled all the way from the Czech Republic. The name of the moving company, written in large letters, is GOLEM. The company can be reached at a website in the Czech Republic which begins “www.Golem...” Should we be worried?

  • Obama 'birthers'

    Stephen Pollard
    Aug 4, 2009

    A new litmus test has emerged in the US, which helps weed out the nut-jobs with admirable clarity. It's the charge that President Obama was not, in fact, born in the US but in Kenya. (See this, this and, hilariously, this as examples.)

    The evidence for this claim is entirely non-existent. There's more evidence that little green men from another planet have visited us (I am being sarcastic, btw; I was taught a long time ago that sarcasm doesn't work in print).

    But despite the fact that the claim is away with the fairies, there are a number of supposedly serious Republicans who make it.

  • How clever?

    Geoffrey Paul
    Aug 3, 2009

    I have read and tried to work my way through the history and legal argument about the properties in East Jerusalem from which, this week, Arab families have been forcibly evicted and into which Jewish settlers have been allowed to move. I must confess that I still do not know who was right. What I do know is that, in terms of public relations, Israel has shot herself in the leg again by sending in the police to enforce its rights. How many points does it win her in the court of public opinion to be seen ousting people who - apparently, and I have no proof - have lived under the same roof for 50 years? What does it say about Israel's ability to live in peace not just with her neighbours but with her own Arab citizens? Sometimes, I must confess, I just shake my head in disbelief at the miscalculations of successive Israeli governments. Who was it ever said anything about “clever Jews”?

  • Still the Middle East's beacon of tolerance?

    Jessica Elgot
    Aug 3, 2009

    The attack on the gay youth advice centre in Tel Aviv was a tragic set back for the country which has set the standard for gay rights in the Middle East.

    But as blogger Chas Newky-Burden points out:
    "In many of the countries surrounding Israel, the government and police would not be condemning and hunting somone who murdered gay people - they would be committing the murders themselves as part of their barbaric legal systems."

    The worst thing that could happen as a result of these heartbreaking murders now is that Israel is categorised, along with its neighbours, as a hotbed for violence and intolerance against the gay community, when the country has in fact led a shining example.

  • The Barmitzvah That Never Was

    Simon Rocker
    Aug 3, 2009

    A rather sad tale of everyday intermarried life from this weekend’s Guardian.

    In a first-person piece, Annabel Wright, a self-confessed “non-practising Jew” married to a “lapsed Church of England” husband, recounts how her 12-year-son Marcus became interested in Judaism and wanted to have a barmitzvah.

    A friendly Progressive rabbi suggested that she and Marcus join classes at the synagogue but, alas, Annabel eventually found she couldn’t go along with the religious ride. “As time wore on, I realised that if Marcus was to follow the faith, I just couldn’t do it with him,” she said.