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Writer's historic Jewish words

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 18, 2011

Last month, in the district court of Tel Aviv, a blow was struck for common sense.

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How I became a Jewish convert

By Daniel Finkelstein, October 18, 2011

Towards the end of his career, the late, great Jack Rosenthal wrote a television play called Eskimo Day, about the feelings of dislocation and emptiness that come when you see your children off to university, letting them go out into the big world without you. Quite a lot of people reading this column have, I suspect, experienced Eskimo Day in the past month.

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Turkey should look to history

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 10, 2011

I've been reading the provocative history of the Crimean War published last year by Professor Orlando Figes. Subtitled The Last Crusade, the book retells a story in which fact and legend merged with astonishing rapidity, certainly in this country.

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A foul smell at Britain's unions

By Nick Cohen, October 10, 2011

In a manner that ought to warm every leftish heart, Israeli trade unions emphasise that the class interests of Israeli workers transcend religious differences. The unions are supporting the great wave of protest in Israel against the larcenous increases in the costs of housing, transport, childcare, food and fuel the Likudniks have presided over.

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The wrong LPO punishment

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 28, 2011

On September 1 a performance at the BBC Promenade Concerts was deliberately interrupted by persons who had bought tickets for that performance but whose real intention was not musical appreciation but musical disruption.

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Meet my daughter, Jonathan

By Miriam Shaviv, September 28, 2011

With 10 weeks - perhaps less – to go before I have a new baby, it's hard to say I've done much to prepare.

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Spying: a job for a Jewish boy?

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 23, 2011

As an Oxford undergraduate, required to be in residence for just three eight-week terms a year, I was reasonably well off. But as a research student I had to finance all my travel and other expenses, plus my year-round board and lodging, out of a modest quarterly subvention of £125 (around £600 per month at present values). My bank balance was never very healthy.

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Our Jewish Communist past

By David Aaronovitch, September 23, 2011

While I was in a coma recently, one of the emails that tumbled into my untended inbox was from a Polish friend with whom I'd had a mild falling out a couple of years ago.

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Say (cottage) cheese and smile

By Jonathan Freedland, September 16, 2011

Call it the cottage cheese revolution. The protest movement that has convulsed Israel these past few months began with a Facebook campaign to lower the price of the white stuff. Furious at being overcharged, Israelis stopped buying this staple of the national diet - forcing the dairy companies to slash the price.

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An elected Chief Rabbi? If only

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 9, 2011

If I thought there was a cat in hell's chance of our being able to elect the next Chief Rabbi of "the United Hebrew Congregations", believe me I would hurry to don my second-best streimel and dance with a Sefer through the streets of St John's Wood, declaring as I went that not only do we all want Moshiach Now but that I would wager what, if anything, remains of my reputation that the Moshiach ha

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