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Don’t make martyrs of deniers

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2008

It's a waste of money prosecuting Shoah-deniers -just confront their views in public


Any limit on freedom of speech is wrong and almost always achieves the opposite to that which it is aiming for. But in the case of Holocaust-deniers, sticking them in prison is an especially bad idea.

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I’ve found my inner builder

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 10, 2008

Succot reminds us that life isn't all about brain work - there's divinity in manual labour

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Jew-hatred we don’t care about

By Jonathan Freedland, October 3, 2008

The Baltic states are erasing the memory of the Holocaust - and even prosecuting survivors. Where is our outrage?


With Yom Kippur coming up, I know we are meant to be atoning for our own sins rather than making
accusations against others. But some crimes are too big to ignore.

The crime in question is the Holocaust - or, more precisely, the way we remember it. As the remnant of survivors shrinks, and as that event passes from living memory into history, there is a battle underway for how the Shoah will be recorded for posterity.

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The extremists are taking over

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 3, 2008

Charedi activists are trying to ban ‘non-kosher' music and force women to dress more modestly in Israel

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Money-making is not all evil

By Miriam Shaviv, October 3, 2008

In the Chief Rabbi's pre-Rosh Hashanah programme on BBC1 on Monday, Rabbi Sacks complained that too much emphasis is put on making money, and not enough on bringing up children. As the JC's TV reviewer Simon Round says opposite, no one can argue with that. And yet, Rabbi Sacks misses a crucial point.]

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Don’t be so hard on evangelicals

By Daniel Finkelstein, September 26, 2008

We are too dismissive of Sarah Palin's religious convictions


The President leaned back in his swivel chair and stared at the ceiling. He stared so long that the silence became embarrassing for his speechwriters. Then, finally, he leaned forward and, using his trademark phrase for dictating to his secretary, he said: "Dorothy, take a law."

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A Reform chief rabbinate soon?

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 26, 2008

The real threat of the latest call for unity is that signatories will set up their own United Reformed Synagogue


So much has already been written about the Statement of Community Collaboration jointly authored by the Reform, Liberal and Masorti movements that I hesitate to add to the discussion. I do so only because I don't think that the significance of the Statement can be properly understood without taking a long-term view of its origins and meaning. Blame the historian in me if you like.

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Progressives launch a war

By Miriam Shaviv, September 19, 2008

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Unity? How totally unrealistic

By David Aaronovitch, September 19, 2008

The community will never be as one as long as the Orthodox believe they are better Jews than the rest.

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Playing politics at the mikveh

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 19, 2008

A proposal for a ritual bath in Cambridge is being obstructed, for no good reason



Being an Oxford man, I do not travel to Cambridge very frequently. But there are some remarkable similarities surrounding the Jewish presence in both these ancient seats of learning.

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