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In danger of conning ourselves

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 12, 2015

The story of fraudster Dan Jacobs is a miserable tale, made worse by the knowledge that his victims included his wife's parents and an elderly grandmother. Appearing at Harrow Crown Court two weeks ago, Jacobs admitted five counts of fraud, totalling £120, 573.

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Foolishness of Kaufman

By Daniel Finkelstein, November 5, 2015

Sir Gerald Kaufman has a poor grasp of statistical theory. This may seem an odd response to his outrageous remarks about fellow Jews but I think apposite. Last week, Sir Gerald made another of his extraordinary interventions on the subject of Israel.

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Netanyahu's burden of blame

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 5, 2015

Last month, eleven Israeli Jews were killed and more than 100 injured in an epidemic of brutal attacks upon Jews throughout Israel. While there is no comfort to be gleaned from these outrages, they do send some clear messages that we ignore at our peril.

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An assassin's bitter legacy

By Jonathan Freedland, October 29, 2015

In among the retrospectives and tributes timed for next week's 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, there's a rather remarkable hour-long edition of the much-admired This American Life podcast.

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Orthodoxy grows complacent

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 29, 2015

This month, the Institute for Jewish Policy Research published the findings of its inquiries into the demography of Britain's Charedi communities.

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A lecturer’s unqualified bias

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 26, 2015

Gresham College was the brainchild of Sir Thomas Gresham, a 16th-century merchant and financier who left a fund to be jointly administered by the Corporation of London and the Mercers' Company for the purpose of instituting a programme of free public lectures by Gresham "professors". The College was established in 1597 and has been fulfilling this promise ever since.

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What size was Hitler’s jacket?

By Peter Rosengard, October 22, 2015

Do you know any 14-16- year-olds who have after-school jobs these days? When I was a teenager in the 1960s everybody had one.

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The Chief’s damaging lack of judgment

By Miriam Shaviv, October 22, 2015

This month should be a triumph for Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.His flagship event, Shabbat UK, is now established in our calendar and, this weekend, the community will unite in celebration.

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History lessons needed

By Melanie Phillips, October 22, 2015

Years ago, I asked the editor of an Israeli newspaper why Israel never acknowledged that the wellspring of the Arab onslaught against it lay in Islamic extremism.

"We can't allow ourselves to see it that way," came his shocked reply. "We are surrounded by billions of Muslims. Such a thought would be too terrifying." It was far more comfortable, in his case, to blame Israel's policies instead.

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Khan: a friend and boycotter

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 16, 2015

Seasoned addicts of this column will, I hope, agree that I've never used it to advocate voting for a particular political party or a political person. I myself have never belonged to any political party, and I regard myself as a detached academic observer, grown ever more cynical as one birthday has followed another.

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