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Mrs Cohen's Diary: Don't worry Ukraine - I'm on my way

By Mrs Cohen, March 6, 2014

* It’s been such a terrifying, confusing week for the poor people of Ukraine that I thought I must go and be with them, despite the fact that their ancestors pillaged my ancestors. Plus, even at this time of great distress, there are some great resorts on the Black Sea, the weather is great and hotels are surprisingly empty.

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Beware - the RSPCA is being disingenuous over shechitah

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 6, 2014

At the end of January, the government’s Transparency of Lobbying bill received the Royal Assent.

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Sneers from rabbis won't stop women

By Miriam Shaviv, March 6, 2014

In an Anglo-Jewish community known for its internal rifts and often harsh rhetoric, the discussion surrounding Partnership Minyanim – Orthodox prayer groups at which women lead some parts of the service — has been a breath of fresh air. Although it is a highly charged subject, commentators on both sides, from Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis downwards, have behaved with respect and sensitivity.

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Mrs Cohen's diary: Harry Styles and me? My lips are sealed

By Mrs Cohen, February 28, 2014

* I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when young Ben Winston picked up a Brit award for directing the One Direction video. I have known young Ben since he was a glint in the eye of fertility specialist Lord Winston, or Bobbie Baby as I like to call him. So, as I stood at the back of the auditorium with the ageing rockers, there was a happy tear in my eye when his name was announced.

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Floods, leaks and phone hell

By Peter Rosengard, February 28, 2014

H ow long could I hold out before the banks of the Regents Park Canal burst and reached my third floor flat? If just one drop of water got into my BlackBerry, my life would be over. I glanced down— its red light was still flashing. Then the alarm clock went off and I woke up.

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Why I support the Green Liners

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 28, 2014

Do you support the Sign on the Green Line campaign? I do. Indeed, Jewish students who are sponsoring this initiative need to be aware that I’ve been engaged on a very similar project for a great many decades, probably from before these delightful young people were born.

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Beware the whiff of casual prejudice

By David Aaronovitch, February 27, 2014

My last column here was rather an angry one. It made no attempt at analysing anything, but in the wake of the Dieudonné business and my encounters with nervous Jews, it was simply what is unpleasantly called “venting” about antisemitism.

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Peers, fears, and shechita

By Daniel Finkelstein, February 21, 2014

The other day, the House of Lords turned its attention to shechita. If I hadn’t been a member of the House I’m sure I would have missed it. It was a shock to realise that something that matters a huge amount in people’s lives could come and go without much attention.

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You never forget how to put on tefillin

By David Robson, February 14, 2014

When it comes to religious practice I can’t make any great claims for myself, but a couple of weeks ago I actually did some religious practice – I practised putting on tefillin. It was around midnight, I was in my pyjamas and about to get into bed when I suddenly felt this was something I absolutely must do.

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Orthodox Gateshead is embracing modernity

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 14, 2014

Last week, my wife and I attended a family wedding in Gateshead. The chupah was outdoors. The service could not have taken more than 20 minutes. The bride was led to the chupah by her mother and future mother-in-law, both of whom accompanied her as she circled the bridegroom seven times.

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