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Come on Manchester, embrace this eruv

By Angela Epstein, January 12, 2014

At my nephew’s wedding in Israel a few years ago, the proud groom introduced me to the head of the Jerusalem yeshiva where he had once been a student.

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Give girls a real batmitzvah experience

By Sarah Ebner, January 11, 2014

In two weeks’ time, on her batmitzvah, my daughter will read from the Torah. Jessica will be taking part in her first public act as an adult Jew, a week after her 12th birthday.

I am genuinely happy my daughter has this chance to leyn in front of our community. It’s all very different from my own experience.

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Profile: Nathan Filer, Costa first-novel award winner

By Daniel Easterman, January 10, 2014

Nathan Filer is fast emerging as one of the rising stars of British literature. His first novel, The Shock of the Fall, has just won the Costa Prize for best debut novel and he is now in the running to win the competition’s grand £30,000 prize.

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The dark side of Disney

By Jenni Frazer, January 10, 2014

Anyone who has been to the cinema in the last week or so may have been intrigued by a trailer for the forthcoming film, Saving Mr Banks. The film stars the oh-so-wholesome Tom Hanks and his almost equally fragrant counterpart, Emma Thompson, but the subject matter is somewhat dark.

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Helping refugees is our duty

By Gideon Sylvester, January 9, 2014

This summer, I officiated at the wedding of Sahar. She is a beautiful, brilliant and successful doctor, but life had not always been easy.

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Return of the Jewish native

By Stephen Pollard, December 24, 2013

They’re back.

One of the many privileges of editing the JC is that my postbag helps me to sniff out the various “on trend” and “so last season” themes doing the rounds.

For a while it seemed as if there was one group that had almost disappeared from view. But I’ve noticed over the past few weeks that they’re back.

The AsAJew has returned.

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Could Mandela have helped resolve Israel-Palestinian conflict?

By Orlando Radice, December 19, 2013

It is a tempting thought. What if Nelson Mandela had been drafted in to sort out the Israelis and Palestinians, like a wonder striker brought on late in a match to break the stalemate once and for all?

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Celebrating fierce woman, Elisabeth Maxwell

By Gerald Jacobs, December 19, 2013

Last week, I attended a memorial service in Oxford, in honour of a woman who, over the last 20 or so years of her long life, received numerous honours and awards to add to her academically earned MA and D.Phil from Oxford University.

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A little taste of what 'others' feel

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

"I hate A-rabs,” said the young man next to me, in a southern accent. “I’ve just got out of the US Navy, and I can tell you, we Americans hate A-rabs. We still ain’t forgotten September 11. We don’t like Middle Eastern people."

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Let’s rev up that pulpit power

By Shmuley Boteach, December 17, 2013

When Jonathan Arkush, vice-president of the Board of Deputies, challenged me to a public debate, I immediately accepted (we thought it would happen at this year’s Limmud, then logistics got in the way but I look forward to airing this critical dialogue soon).

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