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Wilson, true friend of Israel

By Robert Philpot, October 7, 2014

Harold Wilson was a mid-table prime minister, the Stoke or Southampton of the political world. Nonetheless, Wilson is the only occupant of Downing Street to have won four general elections – albeit three by the skin of his teeth. Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the first of those victories.

Although of the television age, Wilson was the last monochrome prime minister.

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Dates - and other ingredients

By Monica Porter, October 7, 2014

Do Jewish men make the best lovers? Ha! I knew that would get your attention.

But seriously, this is a question that we gentile women occasionally consider while having a chinwag about the male of the species. Jewish men do have a reputation for being highly adept in the bedroom, but is it deserved? Or is it a myth propagated by those very same chaps, perhaps in order to woo non-Jewish ladies?

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It's not only conflict between faiths that must be faced

By Jonathan Romain, October 7, 2014

David Baddiel's musical - The Infidel - is based on his film of the same name and tells of a Muslim who discovers he is a Jew. That initial shock about his own identity is then compounded by confusion when realising that Jews are transformed from being "the enemy" to being machetonim.

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For many, today is not just Succot

By Julia Renton, October 7, 2014

Three descriptions of living with schizophrenia:

Steven: "For five years, every time I left the house I heard voices, threats, telling me I was 'stupid; 'a loser'; 'an idiot' and other terrible things. I thought everyone was looking at me. I got into fights because of it, it was paralysing - the whole world was against me. I felt watched and judged. I wanted to quit college, and life.

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We must learn the lessons of Paris

By Luciana Berger, September 23, 2014

I had read many articles about the antisemitism in France and I watched a number of the YouTube videos of the recent attacks. But it wasn't until I joined a cross-party delegation of MPs to Paris with the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism (APPG) that I understood how grave the situation is.

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It's not an entirely new year

By Simon Round, September 18, 2014

You've probably stocked up on apples and honey but have you given any thought to what new year we are entering? If not, I can tell you that, as of next week, we will be in 5775. And, for the second time in my life we have hit the mid-70s.

The world is totally different to the one 39 years ago, in which I was attending my first year of secondary school.

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We should not be afraid to talk

By Sally Becker, September 18, 2014

The ceasefire was still holding when I accompanied Yuval Roth to pick up three Palestinian children in need of medical treatment not available in Gaza.

Road to Recovery (Derech Hachlama) is a non-profit organisation that provides transport for hundreds of Palestinian children suffering from cancer, leukaemia, kidney disease and other life-threatening illnesses.

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My secular Rosh Hashanah

By Felix Posen, September 18, 2014

It is a question I am asked at least once a year. Why do I, a secular Jew, attend a Rosh Hashanah service? At a Conservative shul, no less.

Having been brought up in an Orthodox German community as a young refugee from Germany in New York City I, of course, attended shul every Shabbat and on all yomtovim.

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Join the grassroots revolution

By Gideon Falter, September 18, 2014

Ours is the world's fourth-largest diaspora Jewish community. Our leaders have been instrumental in the great Jewish achievements of the last century, from eliciting the Balfour Declaration to winning the release of Soviet Jewry. But, over the years, something changed. Our communal voice lost its potency while new enemies arose, becoming stronger and louder.

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Gove's timely wake-up call

By Robert Philpot, September 18, 2014

I'm neither a fan of Michael Gove nor a supporter of his party. However, the speech he delivered last week to the Holocaust Education Trust, an edited version of which appeared in the JC, was - of the hundreds he has delivered since becoming a cabinet minister - probably the most important.

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