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When we did not do enough

By Michael Freedland, June 21, 2013

One of the most interesting things about the coverage of Margaret Thatcher's death was the revelation that her father, Alderman Roberts of Grantham, took in a Jewish refugee girl and gave her a new life. The story was similar to that of the Attenboroughs - the parents of Richard and David - who provided a home for two German Jewish girls who arrived here on the Kindertransport.

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What if I told you that I was gay?

By Abigail Radnor, June 21, 2013

Dear Mum and Dad,

What if I was gay?

Would you think any differently of me? Do you think you would be happy for me? Would you be disappointed in me? Do you think you would care?

Would you think I was any less Jewish? Would you consult the Talmud to see how acceptable my lifestyle is? Do you consult the Talmud to see how acceptable your lifestyle is?

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Lazy hazy freezy days of summer

By Cari Rosen, June 17, 2013

And so - finally - the sun came out after (approximately) 337 consecutive days of cold and rain. And, following a spring of snow and near constant drizzle, frankly it has been hard not to get over-excited by the sight of a clear blue sky.

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Open day should open doors

By Neil Taylor, June 16, 2013

Next Friday, people are being asked to pay a visit to their local care home, to take a look at what goes on, to meet the staff and residents, and generally to find out about more about these local resources. Some will be taking part because they are nosy neighbours curious about what they might see, while others may be motivated by altruism, curiosity or even suspicion.

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Zionist history's murder mystery

By Colin Shindler, June 16, 2013

Eighty years ago this coming Sunday, Haim Arlosoroff was gunned down during a Friday-night walk with his wife on the Tel Aviv beach. He was 34 and a rising star in the Zionist firmament. He was a respected political thinker - in the words of his biographer, Shlomo Avineri: "the critical student of Marx, Kropotkin and Nietzsche, a product of Russian populism and German Romanticism".

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Want us to get closer to Israel? Try something new

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2013

The Wembley Conference Centre was a concrete monstrosity, sensibly knocked down seven years ago. But it lives on in my memory thanks solely to the events of April 26 1998.

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UK needs the start-up nation

By Liam Byrne, June 14, 2013

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in the first ever Google "Hangout" - a live link between tech experts in London and Tel Aviv, bringing home an exciting discussion that began last year on an eye-opening visit with Labour Friends of Israel to the self-styled start-up nation.

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No need to move the goalposts

By Rabbi Daniel Rowe, June 11, 2013

Cecil Roth ended his History of the Jews with a challenge: "Throughout our history, there have been weaker elements who have shirked the sacrifices which Judaism entailed.

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Burning the bush at both ends

By Simon Round, June 10, 2013

There have been many health hazards associated with being an observant Jew over the centuries. Of these, my perception is that lighting Shabbat candles comes relatively low down. Aberystwyth University thinks differently. It has ruled that it is too risky to have Orthodox Jews stay in accommodation on campus unless they agree not to light candles there.

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Britain’s quietest immigration story

By Andrew Caplan, June 9, 2013

We have been talking about the politics of immigration since the 1960s, sometimes with a barely hidden xenophobic subtext. At first, the focus was on migrants "of colour"; of late it has become a proxy for anti-Europeanism and concern about the "clash of civilisations".

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