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Invest the green way

By Leon Pein, May 27, 2010

There is a sizeable cost to global warming. It is one reason scientists cite for Britain experiencing more flooding. Jews are often at the forefront of campaigns to help reduce global warming, or right other wrongs, and here is what you can do.

If you own shares, on any stock market, it is almost certain that they are in companies whose activities may be against your personal and ethical beliefs. For instance, you may disapprove of smoking yet be invested in a tobacco company. The companies' practices may also break, or go against the spirit of, Jewish law.

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I don't do kitchens. I do restaurants

By Peter Rosengard, May 21, 2010

I've eaten out in restaurants every night for the past 10 years. Looking back in my diary I see I embarked on my epic dining out career on the night I got divorced.

I can't cook.

I think there might be a connection.

I don't like menus - too much choice. So I always say: " Surprise me."

Last Monday the waiter came back after five minutes.

"How do you like your steak, sir?"

"I asked you to surprise me!"

"Just in case," he said.

Guess what I got? A fillet steak.

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Israel's volcano that is waiting to erupt

By Dan Kosky, May 21, 2010

Last week, Israelis marked Jerusalem Day, re-affirming the centrality of Jerusalem to the state and to the Jewish people. As usual, the annual celebration was accompanied by platitudes lauding the "unity" of the city.

Unfortunately, this is now no more than an empty slogan. Scratch beneath the surface and you will find a city sharply divided between Arabs, strictly Orthodox Jews and the remaining citizens.

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Now let's have a Jewish coalition

By Gerald Jacobs, May 21, 2010

Belatedly, I have caught election fever. Before the vote and its consequences, I was completely immune, resisting the blandishments of smug and evasive politicians and wishing plagues on all their houses. The televised debates that so excited the nation only confirmed my conviction that modern life is a form of reality TV and that we are all extras in a latter-day Truman Show. (The word "reality" is of course a misnomer.

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It's true - America does like Israel

By Barry Kosmin, May 13, 2010

American support for Israel is a glowing example of what Stateside politicians and historians proudly refer to as "American exceptionalism". Just drive down a random main street across the 50 states and you will see synagogues displaying banners declaring: "We stand with Israel", banners untouched by vandals. Churches, too, are adorned with messages like: "Psalm 122:16. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem".

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Help! Being Jewish makes me wild

By Venetia Thompson, May 13, 2010

"Venetia, we came to this party to try to meet eligible Jewish men - you know that you're currently canoodling with the only Muslim here? And take off that fake moustache. It isn't funny. You look more Hitler than Dali."

Shortly afterwards I managed to fall over on the dance floor, landing in a tangled mess with said drunken Muslim, probably flashing slightly as I'd not been wearing any knickers underneath my tights (women reading will understand - tight dresses often don't allow for underwear. There is nothing worse than VPL. Other than flashing, of course).

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Though one guy is stupid, two guys are wise

By John Nathan, May 13, 2010

On the same basis that it is far more acceptable to be disparaging towards Jews if the disparager is Jewish, as a member of the great British public I should be able to say without fear of causing offence (or being accused of bigotry) that it - the great British public (or GBP) - is a bunch of bone-headed ignoramuses.

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Shavuot leaves me feeling sour

By Simon Round, May 6, 2010

It's rare that I write a column about anything to do with religion. Sure, I've got an O Level in religious studies and went to Hebrew classes about twice a month (the other two Sundays I would bunk off to the park with my brother), but there are people better qualified than I am to talk intelligently about Judaism.

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So, then, who is a Jewish voter?

By Martin Bright, May 6, 2010

The three main political parties pursued Jewish voters with something approaching religious fervour during the election. The pages of this newspaper provide a clear testimony to this. Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg all gave thoughtful answers to a series of questions posed by the JC, while a series of senior politicians gave interviews and wrote pieces aimed at reassuring the community that their parties had Jewish interests at heart.

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Separation not co-operation is peace aim now

By Nathan Jeffay, May 6, 2010

An Israeli television crew got a shock recently on a visit to the Palestinian city of Ramallah. For it seems that the "moderate" Palestinian Authority, upon which the world has pinned hopes for peace, has paid tribute to a terrorist. A brand new road-sign informed the TV crew that they were standing on Yahya Ayyash Street, named in honour of one of Hamas's most notorious bomb-makers. Ayyash, who was assassinated by Israel in 1996, also helped to direct suicide attacks that killed dozens of Israelis.

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