Columnists

Exposing the enemy within

By Melanie Phillips, January 14, 2016

I 've been reading with particular interest about the row over Tuvia Tenenbom's exclusion from a Limmud panel. I myself have spoken at Limmud, although I haven't attended for several years. I have met Tenenbom and admire his work.

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Fear is still holding us back

By Miriam Shaviv, January 8, 2016

It is easy to dismiss Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. The self-styled “Rabbi of America” has a reputation as a publicity hound, and his credibility took a serious blow with his relationship with Michael Jackson.

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Stain a soap failed to remove

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 7, 2016

Soap operas - so-called because the earliest were sponsored by American detergent manufacturers - have become part of the staple television diet. Since the advent of "reality television", the soaps appear to have lost something of their lustre.

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Stuck in a cycle of hatred

By David Aaronovitch, January 4, 2016

A novelist friend wrote an article recently confessing she was becoming scared of cyclists. She told a story of crossing a slow-moving four lanes of traffic near her house, with the cars slowing to allow her to pass, only to be nearly taken out by a figure "hunched over his handlebars" who steamed up between semi-static cars and bore down on her at speed. She tripped and fell.

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Good but misguided intentions

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 4, 2016

When, last year, it emerged that, in the wake of the "Trojan Horse" scandal, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan was minded to compel teenagers taking GCSE Religious Studies to study at least one religious faith other than their own, there was a sharp difference of opinion within Anglo-Jewish clergy.

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Corbyn really is no Fischer

By Oliver Kamm, December 23, 2015

Should the Board of Deputies meet Jeremy Corbyn? Of course the answer, as Daniel Finkelstein argued in the JC last week, is yes. Jonathan Arkush should not have to justify his decision. It's his role to represent and voice the concerns of British Jewry, and Mr Corbyn is leader of the Opposition.

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A Bixenspanner in the works

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 23, 2015

'Subject to contract," Shloime Yitzchok Bixenspanner will next year succeed Pinchas Roberts as rabbi of the Hendon Adass Yisroel synagogue. Unlike the very English sounding "Roberts," "Bixenspanner" does not trip easily off the tongue. But that should be the least of Bixenspanner's worries.

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Reasons to meet Mr Corbyn

By Daniel Finkelstein, December 17, 2015

Is Jonathan Arkush right? Should the Board of Deputies meet Jeremy Corbyn? Or are the critics right to argue that there is nothing to discuss and nothing to be gained?

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Stop moaning and start doing

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 17, 2015

Isi Leibler, the much-respected Australian-Israeli communal elder statesman, is well known for his plain-spoken but closely reasoned analyses of the situations in which Jews find themselves. A veteran worker on behalf of Soviet Jewry, a decade ago he turned his attention to suspected financial irregularities in the World Jewish Congress (in which he had occupied a number of senior roles).

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We can't get past the past

By Jonathan Freedland, December 13, 2015

The second Donald Trump opened his mouth, you knew what would happen. No sooner had the billionaire blowhard and Republican front-runner proposed his ban on Muslims entering the US, than headline writers and cartoonists were reaching for the obvious comparison.

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