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An assassin's bitter legacy

By Jonathan Freedland, October 29, 2015

In among the retrospectives and tributes timed for next week's 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, there's a rather remarkable hour-long edition of the much-admired This American Life podcast.

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Orthodoxy grows complacent

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 29, 2015

This month, the Institute for Jewish Policy Research published the findings of its inquiries into the demography of Britain's Charedi communities.

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A lecturer’s unqualified bias

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 26, 2015

Gresham College was the brainchild of Sir Thomas Gresham, a 16th-century merchant and financier who left a fund to be jointly administered by the Corporation of London and the Mercers' Company for the purpose of instituting a programme of free public lectures by Gresham "professors". The College was established in 1597 and has been fulfilling this promise ever since.

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What size was Hitler’s jacket?

By Peter Rosengard, October 22, 2015

Do you know any 14-16- year-olds who have after-school jobs these days? When I was a teenager in the 1960s everybody had one.

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The Chief’s damaging lack of judgment

By Miriam Shaviv, October 22, 2015

This month should be a triumph for Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.His flagship event, Shabbat UK, is now established in our calendar and, this weekend, the community will unite in celebration.

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History lessons needed

By Melanie Phillips, October 22, 2015

Years ago, I asked the editor of an Israeli newspaper why Israel never acknowledged that the wellspring of the Arab onslaught against it lay in Islamic extremism.

"We can't allow ourselves to see it that way," came his shocked reply. "We are surrounded by billions of Muslims. Such a thought would be too terrifying." It was far more comfortable, in his case, to blame Israel's policies instead.

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Khan: a friend and boycotter

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 16, 2015

Seasoned addicts of this column will, I hope, agree that I've never used it to advocate voting for a particular political party or a political person. I myself have never belonged to any political party, and I regard myself as a detached academic observer, grown ever more cynical as one birthday has followed another.

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Give us back a second day

By Miriam Shaviv, October 15, 2015

When night falls and Shabbat goes out, I feel a tinge of sadness. My 25-hour rest is over, and it's back to the grindstone.

Last week, as we made havdalah, my heart soared. Finally! We were entering a five-day work week. Since mid-August, what with the summer holidays, Bank Holiday and the High Holy Days, I've only had one full week of work.

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Not-so-fabulous wealth

By David Aaronovitch, October 8, 2015

When I was a boy walking on Hampstead Heath I'd catch, as the old ladies went by, an accent you never hear now. I asked a parent what it was. The ladies were Viennese, I was told, and very refined. And there we left it.

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Corbyn and the racist mob

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 8, 2015

At the end of July I devoted this column to the candidature of Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the Labour Party. I concluded thus: "Corbyn… has a problem with Jews… This fear - of imagined Jewish power - has haunted the Labour Party from the moment of its foundation. A Corbyn victory would at last bring this apparition into the open, where it desperately needs to be."

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