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'I am determined to improve the coroner service'

By Caroline Dinenage, July 9, 2015

I believe that when people are dealing with the most difficult and emotional moments in their lives, they deserve the best support and care possible.

When someone loses a loved one, their friends and family come together to help them and it is a time when the strength of communities really shows itself.

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Cherish debate, we are better for these struggles

By Rabbi Ysoscher Katz, July 7, 2015

These are trying times for British Jews. The community is awash in controversy. The esteemed Rabbi Sacks is being attacked by a former campus rabbi; driving bans against Orthodox women were imposed and then repealed; and the legitimacy of interdenominational Torah study is hotly contested.

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Food labelling study is food for thought - not an ingredient for a ban

By Shimon Cohen, July 6, 2015

As the Greek philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis famously said, "Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality." It is with that approach that the British Veterinary Association (BVA) looked at the recent European Commission study into food labelling.

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Villains, scapegoats and the real bank-breakers

By Alex Brummer, July 2, 2015

Scarcely a week passes without disclosure of fresh scandal for Britain's banks. The image of the lenders has been battered and the reputation of those that ran them tarnished. The current management of Britain's largest bank, HSBC, was seriously damaged by disclosures of tax avoidance and evasion on a grand scale at its Geneva private bank.

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The isolation of art's true freedom fighters

By Lana Melman, July 2, 2015

The cultural boycott against Israel strikes at the heart of freedom of expression. The Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement seeks to rob the world of one of its most valued treasures - freedom of expression - one artist, one performance, one exhibit at a time.

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The queen visiting Belsen was a significant gesture

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, July 2, 2015

For us as proud British Jews, the visit of the Queen and Prince Philip to Bergen-Belsen was deeply significant.

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Ambassador Daniel Taub: a mix of charm and iron

By Dermot Kehoe, June 25, 2015

I first met Ambassador Taub shortly after I joined Bicom – the Israel advocacy group - and he had joined the Israeli embassy in London.

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Do we need a number to remember?

By Angela Epstein, June 22, 2015

Last night, I watched a recording of Manchester's recent communities-wide Yom Hashoah memorial presentation. As a member of the organising committee, I wanted to remind myself of what had been an astonishing event.

There were many reasons for this - not least the speakers who included Holocaust survivors and their families as well as veteran broadcaster, Jonathan Dimbleby.

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The best way to defend is not to attack

By Marc Cohen, June 18, 2015

When will they learn? In PR terms, it is the equivalent of a defender receiving the ball in his own penalty box, having a rush of blood to the head, turning to face his own goalkeeper, slipping, falling on his backside and prodding the ball into his own net.

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Brands must have faith and wake from their daze with atonement

By Robert Phillips, June 18, 2015

I am a Jewish atheist. Nearly four decades after my barmitzvah, I am beginning to understand the relevance of Yom Kippur and the need for formal atonement. Curiously, having spent years listening to rabbis of various institutional flavours, it was an archbishop who opened my mind.

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