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Nu? York? Yes, that's where I'm moving to

By Ben Rich, August 16, 2013

When I tell people we’re relocating to York they tend to tip their heads to one side sympathetically and sceptically wonder whether there are many Jews there.

Actually, when I first moved to York – as a student in 1985 - I shared the assumption behind this question. But I was on a mission to escape the ghetto.

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Am I OK? Don't ask

By Jenni Frazer, August 16, 2013

Dear Person Whom I Have Never Met Before and Whom I Don’t Know From A Hole In The Wall: I hope you’re well.

Actually, in the event that I am writing this email on a Friday, I hope you have a lovely weekend. If I’m writing this on a Monday, well, I also hope you had a lovely weekend.

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Why being a care worker is a suitably Jewish career

By Neil Taylor, August 16, 2013

While, in the main, I am not one for stereotypes, that age-old stereotype of “pushy” Jewish parents who want the best for their children is probably closer to the truth than many of us would like to admit.

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Thousands of Israelis flock to Germany in reverse exodus

By Monica Porter, August 12, 2013

Daniel Barenboim, celebrated musical genius and Israeli citizen, has admitted that he feels more at ease in Germany than in Israel. He has been running the Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra since 1992, and lives in a villa near the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, where the Nazis devised their Final Solution.

What, you might ask, is this Jewish treasure playing at?

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Rock and other hard places

By Derek Taylor, August 11, 2013

There is a fascinating connection between two current stories in the news.

The first is the Spanish continuing harassment of the Gibraltarians in their efforts to regain the colony for Spain. The second is the pressure on Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders. Jews were involved from the beginning in both cases.

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Loneliness of defending Israel

By Toby Young, August 11, 2013

A few years ago, I appeared on an ITV news and current affairs programme to discuss, among other things, anti-Israel bias in the British media. I was one of four panellists and, needless to say, the other three pooh-poohed the idea that the coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the mainstream media was less than fair and impartial. If anything, they argued, the bias was the other way.

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I’m a huge fan. I even got to the end of his novel, and it’s officially unreadable

By Martin Bright, August 8, 2013

Bob Dylan provided the soundtrack to my adolescence.

Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed — the great triumvirate of misery brought angst-ridden enlightenment to that bedroom in a cul-de-sac on a new-build housing estate in a West Country dormitory town.

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Why the I-word has closed down debate on extremism

By John Ware, July 26, 2013

David Aaronovitch is a gifted commentator, and fearless in speaking his mind. How his tireless defence of the Iraq invasion has gone down in his native Hampstead, I can only imagine, for Aaronovitch is not a man to trim.

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Remember, it’s not enough just to teach our children

By Olivia Marks-Woldman, July 14, 2013

I was on a Jewish youth group residential trip and must have been about 13 or 14. The caretaker of the hostel took me to one side, where no one would overhear. “I heard what your group was discussing this morning,” he said quietly, “I think you should see this.” And he showed me the tattoo on his arm.

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Out of the flames comes hope

By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, July 14, 2013

Fires — and Tishah Be’Av.

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