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How to be an alien on Earth

By Devorah Blachor, June 26, 2014

In my early 20s, I fantasised about getting paid to write fiction. I imagined I'd get a job that involved little work but required me to sit in front of a computer all day. I'd write my first novel while taking home a paycheck.

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Mud made me stay in Israel

By Matt Rees, June 20, 2014

I cancelled my plans to quit Israel last week. Not for the first time. I came here intending to stay three months. This week I'll mark my 19th year in Jerusalem.

My wife and I had planned to take the kids off to her native New York this month, to live in a leafy suburb by the Hudson River with all the predictability and convenience of American life.

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Six degrees of separation...

By Michael Freedland, June 20, 2014

Strange things happen on cruise ships. You go to interesting places – and some that are not so interesting. You meet interesting people – and some whose company you would willingly swap for a plate of gefilte fish or a good shluf.

I have been there and done that. Jewish places and Jewish people are not immune from any of it.

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A better way to beat prejudice

By Paul Charney, June 19, 2014

As the leading grassroots Israel advocacy organisation in the UK, the Zionist Federation is no stranger to partnering with groups which share our aim of celebrating Israel and challenging its enemies.

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Something worth fighting for

By Peter Rosengard, June 19, 2014

Last week I flew to Toronto for the world's largest life insurance sales convention. The good citizens of the city had plenty of advance warning and had already fled en masse south to the American border before the 9,000 crack salesmen and women, from over 150 countries, had even cleared Customs.

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Cynics, sceptics, and the reality

By Barry Frankfurt, June 19, 2014

A cynic, wrote Oscar Wilde, is someone "who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

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Norwood director on learning disabilities in the Jewish community

By Angela Duce, June 19, 2014

There are over five-and-a-half thousand people with a learning disability in the Jewish community. During National Learning Disability Week Angela Duce, director of operations at Norwood, explains why voluntary sector organisations are turning to their donors during this time of austerity.

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At Unesco, a glimmer of hope

By Shimon Samuels, June 19, 2014

The acknowledgment of Palestine as a member state of Unesco (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation), in November 2011, turned the status of heritage upon its head. Historical monuments and wonders of nature have been converted into instruments of war by other means.

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My misguided, misfiring joke

By Toby Young, June 19, 2014

At the age of 17, after failing all my O-levels, my father suggested I spend some time on a kibbutz. One of the reasons I had done so badly was because I'd spent the previous three years in a permanent haze of marijuana smoke and I think my father was canny enough to realise that, in Israel, with its heavily guarded borders, illegal drugs would be harder to come by.

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Mask of the populist right

By Oliver Kamm, June 19, 2014

Europe's populist Right has had a makeover. It typically now disclaims antisemitism and expresses sympathies with Israel. It seeks the support of Jewish voters on the strength of its opposition to militant Islamism.

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