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Left is struggling for trust

By Oliver Kamm, February 4, 2016

The Irish are 'in' for the moment, and the Jews 'out', as recipients of the sympathy of the international left," wrote Conor Cruise O'Brien caustically in his book The Siege: The Saga of Israel and Zionism (1986).

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Violating our freedom to think

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 28, 2016

Last November, the government launched a consultation on a series of measures designed to regulate “out-of-school education settings”. This phrase was defined as encompassing “any institution providing tuition, training or instruction to children aged under 19 in England that is not a school, college, 16-19 academy or registered childcare provider.”

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The language of power

By Daniel Finkelstein, January 28, 2016

When I was growing up, it was quite usual to hear friends and family speak in a foreign language. My parents used German to discuss birthday presents when we were in the room. And my grandmother spoke Polish to her friends on the phone.

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Just the latest big US bigot

By Jonathan Freedland, January 21, 2016

To the long list of communities and groups Donald Trump has insulted - Mexicans, Muslims, women, the disabled - we can now add Jews. Addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition last month, Trump quipped that "I'm a negotiator, like you folks." Later, in case anyone hadn't quite got his drift, he went on: "Some of us renegotiate deals… is there anybody that doesn't renegotiate deals in this room?

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Unequal definitions of equality

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 21, 2016

The practice of Orthodox Judaism in this country is under attack. From time to time, I have drawn attention to signs and portents that this was the case; I have warned that laws made for other purposes were bound to be exploited by the enemies of the religion I profess.

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Counting out my account

By Peter Rosengard, January 15, 2016

Willie Sutton, the famous American bank robber in the 1930s who kept robbing banks, going to jail, coming out, robbing more banks, was once greeted by the usual pack of reporters and cameramen when he left prison again. "Willie!" a reporter shouted. "Why do you keep robbing banks?"

"Cos that's where the money is," he famously replied.

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A sinister new imperialism

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 14, 2016

How should liberal democracies defend themselves when faced with existential threats? Is it in order for them to adopt apparently autocratic and arguably suppressive policies, the implementation of which flies in the face of their claim to be liberal democracies?

During the Second World War UK citizens were subject to arrest and even imprisonment without trial. There was no press freedom.

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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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