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Getting out of a problem

By David Aaronovitch, March 12, 2015

Until last week's JC, I had never heard of the case of the "Prodfather". If you missed it, too, I should explain this refers to the elderly Brooklyn rabbi, Mendel Epstein, who is being tried in the US for forcing divorces out of Orthodox men who don't want them.

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Is this a fit legacy for the Board?

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 12, 2015

In my experience, all holders of high public office like to leave a "legacy" - something (preferably positive) by which they may be fondly remembered.

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Danes who are not so great

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 5, 2015

Last week, the USA-based Pew Research Center released the findings of its annual study of global restrictions on religion. Looking back to 2013, the Pew study concludes that there is good news and bad news. The good news is that social hostilities involving religion declined "somewhat" in 2013, from a six-year high the previous year.

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When wrongs make rights

By Daniel Finkelstein, February 26, 2015

'A covenant with death and agreement with hell". These were the words used by the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to describe the American constitution, agreed in Philadelphia in 1787. And it is hard to disagree with his words. As the negotiations between the states proceeded, a terrible obstacle had loomed. What should the constitution say about slavery?

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Mirvis must tackle this disgrace

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 26, 2015

Ephraim Mirvis is not merely chief rabbi of the UK's United Synagogue.

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Leaders should calm fears

By Jonathan Freedland, February 19, 2015

So now we understand how terrorism works. The clue is in the name. Its purpose is to spread terror - and the grim truth is, it's working.

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Show some respect, Israel

By Miriam Shaviv, February 5, 2015

The distorted view Israelis seem to have of European Jewry, and diaspora life, has become alarming. While Hamas rockets fly over their heads, Israelis seem almost obsessed by the idea that European Jews are facing annihilation.

This came to the fore last month following the Paris terror attacks.

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HMD's shameful untold story

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 5, 2015

My views on the subject of Holocaust Memorial Day are well known. We Jews do not need HMD to remind us just how close the Nazis came to wiping out the Jewish people. HMD has also (as I once predicted) been skilfully if spitefully manipulated by multifarious enemies of the Jewish people for their own anti-Jewish ends.

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Sorry, you called me what?

By David Aaronovitch, January 29, 2015

This happened to me yesterday. A young person interested in journalism asked me for advice about becoming a columnist. We sat down to talk things through. How did one pitch a subject to a commissioning editor? What process did I go through to think of a topic to write about? Who else other than The Times did I write for? The Jewish Chronicle, I told him.

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Synagogues behaving badly

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 29, 2015

I am about to take delivery of an additional filing cabinet for my already cramped study. Into it will go at least two drawers-full of correspondence, papers and ephemera related to the conduct of synagogal life in this country within the past half-decade or so.

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