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We must not be indifferent to others suffering

By Ronnie Landau, May 3, 2014

Several years ago, I received a disturbing telephone call concerning my 14 year-old step-daughter. At the time she was spending several months in a children’s village in northern Israel. The caller, who was Israeli-born, informed me that his son was a participant in the same scheme.

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Why I can't give up roast chicken

By Gloria Tessler, May 2, 2014

Many people experience an epiphany at least once. For me, it was a sermon by Hendon Reform’s Rabbi Steven Katz, on shechita. I thought I was about to endure yet another justification for religious slaughter, but then realised he was not going down that road at all.

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When being Jewish becomes too expensive

By Simon Rocker, April 27, 2014

Not for nothing is matzah called the bread of poverty: because when you tot up your Pesach bills afterwards, they are likely to have made a deep hole in your pocket. The ritual outcry against Passover prices came this year with disturbing reports of a growing numbers of people having had to rely on charity to help them celebrate it.

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Make Israel's Independence Day a true Jewish festival

By Robbie Gringras, April 27, 2014

It is one of those things, isn’t it? We know that Israel means a great deal to us. We know that our bonds to Israel are complex, knotted, and strong. Many of us could not even imagine our Jewish lives without Israel, and yet we also know that the Yom Atzmaut party just isn’t going to cut it.

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Mitzvah Day keeps going and growing

By Laura Marks, April 25, 2014

Who would have imagined that just eight years ago Mitzvah Day would be the worldwide movement it has become with more than 35,000 people making a meaningful difference to a range of causes, issues and charities?

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Yom Hashoah's vital message

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, April 24, 2014

A number of years ago, I led a group on a most memorable trip to Poland. As we were making our way to Auschwitz-Birkenau, following a moving Shacharit service in the restored Oswiecim synagogue, we were appalled to see a Polish bystander make a Nazi salute as we passed by.

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Our debt to Britain over Belsen

By Karen Pollock, April 11, 2014

Almost 69 years ago today, Norman Turgel, a soldier in the British Army, met the woman whom he immediately knew he would marry. Just days later, they were engaged.

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Repressive aspect of occupation must stop

By Fred Barschak, April 10, 2014

In the week in which the Israeli-Palestinian talks appear to be collapsing, it is worth re-examining some of the factors that have led to a breakdown in the peace process time and again.

In 1977, Yigael Yadin, the second chief of staff of the IDF, expressed the dilemma that has faced every Israeli administration in two brilliant sentences.

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What women need to stay Orthodox

By Dina Brawer, April 4, 2014

On Sunday morning the Chief Rabbi was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 by Ed Stourton. During the interview Ed put my following question to Rabbi Mirvis, which I had submitted.

"What would you say to convince a Jewish woman who feels unwelcome and irrelevant in her Orthodox Jewish community that she should stick with Orthodoxy?"

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The importance of remembering

By Vernon Bogdanor, March 27, 2014

The Prime Minister has established a Holocaust Commission to make recommendations for a memorial. This should encourage us to reflect on how the Holocaust should be remembered in a country that was not involved in it either as a perpetrator or a collaborator.

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