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This odd obsession which distorts how Israel is viewed

By Yiftah Curiel, March 12, 2015

In his book Science of Logic, the German philosopher Friedrich Hegel examines the transition from quantity to quality - that is to say, the moment when a gradual quantitative process brings about a significant qualitative change.

The terms "quantity" and "quality" are central to understanding the effect that media coverage of Israel is having on how the country is perceived.

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I'm bringing Orthodox feminism to college

By Rebecca Filer, March 12, 2015

My batmitzvah was unconventional. Instead of just reading a dvar torah in shul, or having a big party, I leyned in a women's teffilah service on Rosh Chodesh Kislev. From a chumash.

I was extremely lucky to have been able to do so in my own community, making me, apparently, the first girl to leyn in a United Synagogue building.

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Listen to the real experts on Islamism

By Martin Bright, March 5, 2015

Philosophers call it a category error: when we mistakenly believe that a phenomenon should adhere to certain rules. The textbook example is the foreign tourist at Oxford who is shown the great colleges and the Bodleian library and then asks: "But where is the famous university?" In this case, the mistake is not a serious one.

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I hate Pesach but this year's plague of matzos will be different for me

By Fiona Leckerman, March 5, 2015

In a foolishly absentminded moment, I took a bite of my daughter's chocolate muffin. Had I not been lured by her leftovers, I would not have had an anaphylactic reaction in the midst of her birthday party.

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So why are we such crashingly bad drivers?

By Angela Epstein, March 5, 2015

It was, by any standards, a spectacular manoeuvre. Despite the fact that the road was choked by double parking and school-run traffic, the female driver of an ageing Previa seemed unconcerned about the obstacles around her gatepost.

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Behind Ukip's smiling face

By Oliver Kamm, March 5, 2015

'I don't care what you call us," declared Nigel Farage at a Ukip rally last year, "but from this moment on, please, do not ever call us a racist party. We are not a racist party."

What sort of party needs to declare that it's not racist? The answer is unmysterious: one that reliably attracts the support of racists.

That's what Ukip does.

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A challenging place for Jewish students but they are better for it

By Colin Shindler, March 5, 2015

The Qatari-owned website Al Araby proudly proclaimed that "SOAS becomes the first UK university to boycott Israel".

This was patently untrue. It was not "SOAS" the institution that voted - not the governing body, not the administration, not even formally the lecturers' union, but an invented "SOAS community".

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How Israel's finest are inspiring our girls to be the scientific geniuses of the future

By Natalie Lancer, February 26, 2015

For the past five years, I have been providing university advice to students and their parents as they navigate their way to and through university, having been head of science at a secondary school.

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I will always be indebted to Martin Gilbert's fight for our freedom

By Natan Sharansky, February 26, 2015

The world recently lost one of its best scholars, someone I had the privilege to know well and whom I very much admired. Martin Gilbert was not only an outstanding historian, he was also an active participant in the fate of the Jewish people, shared in its suffering and devoted his considerable talents to its benefit.

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Obama's empty legacy

By Alex Brummer, February 26, 2015

Some years ago, as Washington correspondent of the Guardian, I found myself covering a bitterly fought Congressional race in South Dakota. It is a vast state of prairies, cornfields and grain silos. It is a state with a modest population of less than 900,000 of which 10 per cent are Native Americans.

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