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The season of love and rejoicing

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, January 17, 2014

So every woman and her dog are going to be writing about Christmas and the like this week.

I promised myself that I would not fall into this trap. I'd offer up something ribald and mirthful on a completely different topic. Such as house plants. Or the halachic meaning of forgetting to complete one's tax return.

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Israel needs to find a proper solution for the Bedouin

By Sylvia Rothschild, January 17, 2014

The Hebrew Bible speaks many times of the importance of how we treat others, speaking of equality under a shared law, of the humanity of all peoples. Leviticus tells us "If a stranger sojourn with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. They shall be to you as the home-born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

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Rekindling the Jewish flame

By Naftali Schiff, January 17, 2014

I often marvel at the extent to which the simplest objects can mean so much - a gift from a loved one, a personal letter, etc. The best, almost universal example is a candle. For millennia, the small flame of a candle has held enormous significance for countless cultures and civilisations – none more so than the Jews.

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Hungary and France, maybe, but why do Brits feel so hated?

By Josh Glancy, January 17, 2014

So, antisemitism is on the march again. Or so it seems according to a recent survey conducted for the EU by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. A fifth of respondents to their survey, which was carried out in nine EU countries, said they had experienced an antisemitic incident in the past year.

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Not just an olive branch:a tree

By Simon Rocker, January 17, 2014

The Board of Deputies has been battling against the latest boycott threat to emerge from the churches.

Last month, the Methodists launched an online consultation to gauge public opinion on sanctions against Israel, ahead of a policy debate next summer.

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UK aiding Israel to aid the world

By Ariel Dloomy, January 17, 2014

In the 1950s the fledgling state of Israel could barely provide for its own citizens. Surrounded by enemies, trying to cope with a flood of largely impoverished refugees and with scarce natural resources, Israel was the definition of a developing country.

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Do not argue with me on this one

By Sandy Rashty, January 17, 2014

Listen up, you young unmarried girls. If you’re looking to get hitched fast, there are some very simple steps to follow.

Please don’t argue with a man. He’ll think you’re too smart, informed, or that you’re looking to emasculate him. It’s a no-no.

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Take a lawyer's advice - visit the occupied territories

By David Middleburgh, January 16, 2014

I have just returned from a three-day tour of the West Bank and east Jerusalem, organised by the pro-Israel, pro-peace organisation, Yachad. The participants were all passionate Zionists and, were it not for some grey hairs and wrinkles, we could have been a youth group. In fact, we were all senior lawyers or individuals with a particular interest in the rule of law.

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Will Self, Neil Gaiman and the return of Uncle

By Jenni Frazer, January 13, 2014

If I wanted to be cute, I could call this piece The Elephant and the Jewish Problem, except that while there is indeed an elephant, there is as yet no discernible Jewish problem. And, I have to confess, neither is the Jewish presence exactly Jumbo sized.

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Natan Sharansky — competitive, defiant and nobody’s pawn

By David Edmonds, January 12, 2014

‘Don’t disturb me, I’m playing chess”.

Natan Sharansky’s jailers took that as powerful evidence that he was going — or had already become — quite mad. After all, in his punishment cell there was no bed, chair or table, let alone a chess board and pieces. In fact, it was chess that kept him sane.

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