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All good, at least on the surface

By Michael Freedland, December 28, 2015

Everything seems better than ever in relations between the Catholic Church and world Jewry. A new declaration emphasising that the faithful should abandon all hope of converting the Jews has finally been issued. We are, after all, the elder brothers and sisters of Christianity.

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Tonight, I’ll have the turkey soup

By Joy Sable, December 25, 2015

Christmas, as we all know, puts in an early appearance at around the same time as we are dipping our apples into honey. Yep, September is when you can spot the first mince pies on our supermarket shelves, and, like it or not, by mid-November we've been subjected to the full onslaught of pretentious fragrance commercials on the telly and overpriced gift sets in the shops.

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Just what will be his legacy?

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 23, 2015

Greville Janner was one of the most flamboyant but at the same time one of the most flawed of the communal politicians who walked upon the Anglo-Jewish stage in the second half of the 20th century. Adored - worshipped almost - but reviled by others, there can be no denying that he made a mark and left a legacy.

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A commitment to multiculturalism

By Rony Yedidia, December 22, 2015

The smell of frying doughnuts alongside the sights and sounds of the Christmas markets, Chanucah songs and Christmas carols, lights bearing symbolism for all the religions at this darkest time of the year, Jews, Christians and Muslims celebrating side by side in a joyous medley - this is the sensory mix characteristic of the winter holiday season in Israel.

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In muddy French refugee camp, Torah ethics live

By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, December 22, 2015

"Compulsory tea break". The call goes around the huge warehouse five minutes' drive from the refugee camp universally known as "The Jungle" outside Calais. During the pause, a woman in a beret eyes my kippah: "Are you here over Shabbat?"

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How should we teach Judaism to our children?

By Rabbi Dr Norman Solomon, December 16, 2015

Almost 65 million people live in Britain. How do you get them all to live happily together as one great society working from the common benefit? That is a problem for government. Jews have a different problem: how do you make sure you are safe and secure, and can feel confident in your identity?

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My family's Chanucah lesson

By Zac Goldsmith, December 10, 2015

In these turbulent times, it's more important than ever to remember just how valuable festivals like Chanucah are, with their emphasis on friendship, family, music, food, games, and thoughtfulness.

And just as Christmas is not just for Christians, so Chanucah need not be just for the Jewish community. We can all learn from it.

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What's wrong with you? It's time we left the Temple alone

By Stephen Berkoff, December 10, 2015

What on earth has happened to the Jewish mind? Once so famous for its innate wisdom and ability to register the tremors of the human soul? Something has gone wildly awry.

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Next year, give them tradition

By Lauren Libbert, December 10, 2015

Strolling around the department store, I felt the palpitations begin. There was a tin of Match Attax football cards my boys would love. And look, a Hulk Hogan action figure from the Wrestling Hall of Fame and a Marvin's magic set and mini-Rubik's cube key-ring.

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Can we get away with saying: You aint no Jew, bruv?

By John Nathan, December 10, 2015

London. A man gets up one morning and leaves home with a knife in his pocket and violence in his heart. He walks down to his local Tube station and randomly stabs people in the name of a cause he believes in and a religion he practises. He is not Muslim. He is Jewish.

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