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Poignancy that spoke louder than any words

By Hon Vice Admiral Lord Sterling, May 8, 2015

When I was strolling through the gardens of the cemetery at Belsen at the huge Hohne Barracks of the British Forces in Germany, the sun was breaking through the heavy, rain-laden clouds, and one could feel the silence and a remarkable sense of peace.

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How Limmud shines in the Russian dark

By Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, May 8, 2015

How bad is it? It's the question everyone asks when you return from Russia these days. Thirty years on from witnessing thousands of Refuseniks gathered on the steps of Moscow's Choral Synagogue, that question might be all that hasn't changed.

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Congratulations you losers. You're free!

By Jeremy Brier, May 8, 2015

I've heard it said that not many people are sorry to say goodbye to Luton. But the night I drove away, at around 4am five years ago, there was a lump in my throat. I was leaving the count of the 2010 General Election where I had been roundly defeated in my first attempt to be elected to Parliament, following three years of street-pounding, door-knocking and after-dinner-speaking in Luton North.

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The world-beating link between the Talmud and the bishops

By David Edmonds, May 2, 2015

At birth he was given the name Garry. Garry Weinstein. But that's not the name by which you'll know him.

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No joke - you pampered Princes are worse than us

By Sandy Rashty, April 30, 2015

So commonplace are Jewish Princess jokes, I'm willing to wager that this week you would have made, heard or, like me, been the butt of one.

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We're a richer community

By Josh Glancy, April 30, 2015

Flicking through the Sunday Times Rich List last weekend, I found myself pulling the usual trick of looking for Jewish names (only Jews and antisemites do this as far as I am aware).

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The visit that will take the smile off your face

By Peter Rosengard, April 27, 2015

"You're the third Klaureen I've met this week," I said. She looked shocked. "Must be April's hot name," I told her. The first lady with the badge spelling "Klaureen", behind the counter at the Passport Office said: "Sorry, you're smile's too big," as she looked at my passport photos.

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Israel is a red line for those of us who've gone Green

By Andree Frieze, April 26, 2015

Unintentionally, I found religion and politics at the same time. It was August 2012 and I joined the Green Party. The following month our family joined Kingston Liberal Synagogue so our sons could attend cheder to prepare for their barmitzvahs.

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Criminalising boycott backers will backfire

By David Newman, April 26, 2015

The Israeli High Court will not overrule the Knesset's decision that makes it a crime for Israeli citizens or NGOs to support a boycott or any divestment and sanctions-related activities.

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Moment when Catholics and Jews could heal

By Rabbi David Rosen, April 24, 2015

Shortly before his untimely death in 1904, Theodor Herzl was received by Pope Pius X. The former wanted to enlist the Catholic Church's supoport for the re-establishment of the Jewish people's independence in its ancestral homeland. However, Herzl records in his diaries that Pius's response was far from supportive.

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