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Belz are not ‘normal’. But what’s normal?

By Barry Frankfurt, June 4, 2015

As a story, it really does have it all. Jews in black hats, women drivers, bad behaviour at the school gates. Add a klezmer soundtrack and you've got a Channel 4 documentary.

And it seems that for many in our own community, it makes uncomfortable viewing.

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It’s not about cars, it’s about schools and our children

By Pen Tivakesh, June 4, 2015

Many schools in Stamford Hill have long-standing bans on mothers driving, so the fact that the Belz's attempt to play catch-up has become such big news has left people in the area bemused.

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I still hope to catch a glimpse of Mother

By Lana Citron, May 28, 2015

I find myself walking up and down St John's Wood High Street expecting to see her exit one of the shops - cricking along on her hobbled foot, in truth more bunion than foot, long gone those days of high tottering heels.

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Why aren't women viewed as 'proper' rabbis?

By Sylvia Rothschild, May 28, 2015

In the Bible, the number 40 is code for "a very long time". Years marked in tranches of 40 are also times of trial or probation. Forty years ago Jackie Tabick was ordained as the first woman rabbi in the UK. Forty years before that, in 1935, Regina Jonas was ordained privately in Germany.

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Why our experience of assimilation should be a beacon for today's split communities

By John Ware, May 28, 2015

The former chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks once likened this country's infatuation with multiculturalism to permanently living in a hotel.

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We've become socially inept

By Barry Frankfurt, May 25, 2015

In the aftermath of the general election, many of the losers were easy to identify. Miliband and Clegg were gone by lunchtime. The pollsters, initially embarrassed, somehow managed to justify their incompetencies in a way that only those armed with reams of data could.

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Who am I really supporting?

By Fiona Leckerman, May 25, 2015

If one more person asks me to make a donation to their Just Giving page, I think I might scream; at them, at the page and at the chutzpah. Is there suddenly an epidemic that is infecting everyone, transforming them into marathon runners, bike riders, moon walkers and triathlon competitors?

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It’s time to shake hands with Israel, your Majesty

By Sandy Rashty, May 21, 2015

The royal family is one of the most important institutions that Britain has at its diplomatic disposal. At the request of the government, the Queen — or a member of her family — may be sent on a state visit to a foreign realm as a sign of solidarity and good relations, or a commitment to building better relations despite countries being alienated by political differences.

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It's now time for Israel to grow up and join up

By Geraldine Var Bueren, May 19, 2015

This is the barmitzvah year of the International Criminal Court. Now the court has reached maturity, it is appropriate for Israel to reconsider joining the majority of the world's states and becoming a member. It has been assumed that joining the ICC would open the door to litigation against Israel, but this can happen without Israel being a member.

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We fail our children when we choose to isolate them

By Lianne Kolirin, May 14, 2015

There is set to be a sea-change in my son's life come September. Like most 11-year-olds across the country, he is anticipating the autumn with a mixture of nerves and excitement as he prepares to go from being the big fish in a little pool, to the tiny plankton in the great big ocean.

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