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Why I support gay marriage

By Daniel Finkelstein, June 14, 2012

We Jews like to pray. We spend hours at it. And we've been doing it for thousands of years. Granted, it's in Hebrew so most of us are a bit hazy on the detail. And we aren't big on decorum, or even sometimes on appropriate behaviour.

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Don’t push our dutiful daughters

By Miriam Shaviv, June 6, 2012

It feels silly, on the Jubilee weekend, to be discussing women's roles in Orthodox Judaism. This country and its church have been headed by a woman for 60 years, and the public seems perfectly pleased. Yet here we are, still debating whether a woman can be president of her shul. It's ridiculous.

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It’s the GCSE answers that matter

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 6, 2012

"Explain why some people are prejudiced against Jews."

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Finkelstein’s very valid interview

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 24, 2012

Earlier this month the BBC's Hardtalk TV programme featured an interview with the American-Jewish political scientist Norman Finkelstein. As a result the BBC has brought upon itself a great deal of communal opprobrium, on two counts.

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Isaac, Jacob, Moses — and Ed

By Jonathan Freedland, May 24, 2012

Journalism is a competitive business but sometimes the competition comes from a wholly unexpected source. I'd planned a while ago to write in this slot about the Jewishness of Ed Miliband. Little did I know that the latest edition of the New Statesman, a special on British Jewish life published on Thursday, would carry a column on the same topic - written by Ed Miliband.

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Oh, those loony Jewish lobby fantasies

By David Aaronovitch, May 17, 2012

Somehow I missed it. Three days after 9/11, the former Private Eye editor, Richard Ingram, wrote in the Observer condemning coverage for missing what he considered to be a crucial point.

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A good hour's scandalous end?

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 17, 2012

Within the next few weeks the BBC, which is funded by British taxpayers through revenues derived from the television licence fee, will take a decision directly affecting the lives of, if not all British Jews, then certainly those living in the North-West.

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Can't pay, won't pay: the next generation of synagogue-goers

May 10, 2012

So severe is the crisis in Greece that donations to the Jewish community and payments towards synagogue fees have reportedly fallen by a half. No one imagines that things could get quite so bad in Britain, no matter how bleak the economic weather.

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Anglo-Jewry’s leaders must act

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 10, 2012

Last month the Times of Israel carried an essay by one Shimon Cohen attacking the distinguished former leader of Australian Jewry, Isi Leibler, who is now based in Israel. In March Leibler - a onetime senior vice-president of the World Jewish Congress - had launched a blistering critique of the current leadership of British Jewry.

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A French-Greek wake-up call

By Melanie Phillips, May 10, 2012

The recent elections here and in Europe have left Jews and all who care about freedom and democracy with many reasons for unease.

In Greece, around two thirds of those who voted did so for extremist parties of left and right. Chillingly, the neo-Nazi "Golden Dawn"party won no fewer than 21 seats.

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