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Jews, queues and a point of law

By Gary Conway, April 11, 2012

I was using the Sainsbury's cash point near to Highbury Corner Magistrates Court when the person in the queue behind me, who was clearly a lawyer, threw a huge tantrum.

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Conspiracy politics

April 11, 2012

The significance of Raed Salah's victory in overturning the Home Office's attempt to have him deported lies not in its impact on Salah but in its wider implications. The most obvious is that a high court judge has decided that preaching the blood libel is no bar to entry into the UK. We will all draw our own conclusions about the mindset which can reach such a decision.

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Bodies in flux

April 11, 2012

With the leadership of the UJIA, the JCC and BICOM all now up for grabs, it is not just a plethora of acronyms in flux. These are three of the most important bodies within our community. All face significant challenges, some welcome and some unsought. Within a few months there will be fresh faces at the helm of each.

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Life as the only 'Jew' in school

By Chas Newkey-Burden, April 6, 2012

I never told you the one about how a Christian/Hindu cult helped me love Israel and Judaism, did I? As a non-Jew who proudly supports Zionism and is fascinated by Judaism, particularly the mystical and Chasidic traditions, I am often asked how I came to feel this way.

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In Israel, it's not the political fight that makes a difference

By Jenni Frazer, April 6, 2012

Tzipi Livni's dramatic rise and fall has been pored over by the commentariat. From being the golden girl of Israeli politics on the international stage - cool and gorgeous with a "mysterious" Mossad background - one-time Foreign Minister Livni managed effectively to throw away the leadership of Kadima, after being dealt a knock-out blow by Shaul Mofaz.

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My Exodus from the Kingdom

By David Robson, April 6, 2012

Engineering the Israelites' exodus from Egypt was a doddle compared with negotiating a shopping trolley down the aisles of Kosher Kingdom in Golders Green last Sunday lunchtime. Camels through eyes of needles don't even come close. The trolleys are big (they need to be); the aisles are narrow (they also need to be).

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Cultures that should not clash

By James Inverne, April 6, 2012

An open letter to Cassandra Wilson

Dear Cassandra,

At the Sundance Film Festival, there was a fascinating exhibit which consisted of television screens, on each of which an African-American man answered questions about the black experience.

It was quite powerful, but I'd like to have had you there, because I still don't understand what it means to be black.

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My Exodus from the Kingdom

By David Robson, April 6, 2012

Engineering the Israelites' exodus from Egypt was a doddle compared with negotiating a shopping trolley down the aisles of Kosher Kingdom in Golders Green last Sunday lunchtime. Camels through eyes of needles don't even come close. The trolleys are big (they need to be); the aisles are narrow (they also need to be).

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Obama's inside track on Israel

By Joel Braunold, March 29, 2012

In Peter Beinart's new book, The Crisis of Zionism, Beinart tracks, the relationship between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama, whom he terms the first "Jewish President". It's not a reference to Obama being a crypto-Jew, but rather that the intellectual and moral milieu within which Obama made his meteoric rise was entirely Jewish.

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Who will be the chief behind the Chief?

March 29, 2012

It's not usual for a columnist of my stature to debase himself by commenting on actual "news", but I feel I must throw my two shekels worth at the vexed question of the appointment of the next Chief Rebbetzin. Besides, it's hardly news any more.

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