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Biased article that sent my Oy-ometer off the scale

By Robert Liebman, May 9, 2014

Alongside notifications of jumble sales and concerts, an article in the newsletter of my local church propelled the needle on my Oy-ometer off the scale.

Israel, this article proclaimed, was cruelly and arbitrarily mistreating the residents of a Palestinian Christian village. The writer supported her contentions with evidence that was weak (where it was comprehensible) and blatantly biased.

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My year as a synagogue chair

By Anne Gordon, May 9, 2014

In January 2013 the United Synagogue voted to allow women to become chairs of their synagogues. When the news was announced I knew that, after 25 years of communal involvement, I would stand.

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Time to condemn fascist fashion

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

Like so many Jewish women, I’ve fallen for fashion.

I’ve stocked my side-table with glossy advert-infused magazines, filled my wardrobe with their seasonal “must-haves” and admired the artistry behind a thousand-pound couture gown.

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Why I want Scottish independence

By Frank Angell, May 3, 2014

In his column on March 14, Geoffrey Alderman said that, as a Jew, he knew how he would cast his vote if he had one in Scotland’s independence referendum — with the clear implication that he would be a No.

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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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