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Helping refugees is our duty

By Gideon Sylvester, January 9, 2014

This summer, I officiated at the wedding of Sahar. She is a beautiful, brilliant and successful doctor, but life had not always been easy.

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Return of the Jewish native

By Stephen Pollard, December 24, 2013

They’re back.

One of the many privileges of editing the JC is that my postbag helps me to sniff out the various “on trend” and “so last season” themes doing the rounds.

For a while it seemed as if there was one group that had almost disappeared from view. But I’ve noticed over the past few weeks that they’re back.

The AsAJew has returned.

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Could Mandela have helped resolve Israel-Palestinian conflict?

By Orlando Radice, December 19, 2013

It is a tempting thought. What if Nelson Mandela had been drafted in to sort out the Israelis and Palestinians, like a wonder striker brought on late in a match to break the stalemate once and for all?

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Celebrating fierce woman, Elisabeth Maxwell

By Gerald Jacobs, December 19, 2013

Last week, I attended a memorial service in Oxford, in honour of a woman who, over the last 20 or so years of her long life, received numerous honours and awards to add to her academically earned MA and D.Phil from Oxford University.

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A little taste of what 'others' feel

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

"I hate A-rabs,” said the young man next to me, in a southern accent. “I’ve just got out of the US Navy, and I can tell you, we Americans hate A-rabs. We still ain’t forgotten September 11. We don’t like Middle Eastern people."

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Let’s rev up that pulpit power

By Shmuley Boteach, December 17, 2013

When Jonathan Arkush, vice-president of the Board of Deputies, challenged me to a public debate, I immediately accepted (we thought it would happen at this year’s Limmud, then logistics got in the way but I look forward to airing this critical dialogue soon).

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Jewishly, David’s ahead of Ed

By Marcus Dysch, December 17, 2013

There’s a joke doing the rounds about the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition: one is a committed Zionist, eager to visit Israel and totally at ease in the company of British Jews; the other is Ed Miliband.

There will be plenty of talk during the next 18 months about the possibility of Britain electing Mr Miliband as our first halachically Jewish Prime Minister since Disraeli.

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Why everyone should visit Auschwitz

By Robert Desmond, December 13, 2013

I first visited Auschwitz a few years ago and vowed that it would not be the last time. Together with my father, cousin and friend we visited this site before heading on to trace my family roots close to Kiev in the Ukraine.

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I've got the festive booze blues

By Abigail Radnor, December 13, 2013

It’s that time of year when I find it easier to lie. Small talk revolves around the question: “so are you all ready for Christmas?” And, each time, I assess whether or not the “I don’t celebrate Christmas” conversational route is worth pursuing (this needs to be delivered carefully so as not to come across all Scrooge-like).

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Detecting a nasty side to Maigret

By Norman Lebrecht, December 1, 2013

Early this summer, at a colleague’s suggestion, I returned to an author I last read in my teens. Georges Simenon churned out some 200 crime novels in 40 years, of which 75 featured his imposing creation, Inspector Jules Maigret.

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