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Earlier and later

June 23, 2016

A sensible and imaginative move from Wolfson Hillel Primary School, which is to start its day half an hour earlier at 8.20.

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Staggering sums

June 23, 2016

We tend to take for granted the sums raised at communal dinners. A million here, two million there. Or, as at this week's Jewish Care dinner, £5.1 million in one night.

But a moment's reflection should tell us how extraordinary this tradition of giving really is.

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Maybe or maybe not

By Leader, June 16, 2016

The JC is sometimes said to claim all sorts of actors, sports stars and entertainers as Jewish. That is, of course, a calumny. The boot is usually on the other foot — an apt metaphor, perhaps, for David Beckham, whose Jewish roots are well known.

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All-purpose hate

By Leader, June 16, 2016

The unspeakable horror of last week’s mass murder in Orlando has raised many unsettling issues, some of which we reflect on our front page. But one of the most bizarre — along with the idea that the perpetrator’s Islamism was irrelevant — has been the inability of some observers to recognise that it was both a homophobic attack and an Islamist attack.

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Diversity by-pass

June 9, 2016

Mary Hassell, the inner north London coroner, complains that she is "bullied" by Jews.

Leave aside her choice of language, rightly condemned by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office. It is certainly true that many Jews - and Muslims - have been exasperated by Ms Hassell's behaviour as coroner.

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Middle-Eastern pragmatism

June 9, 2016

Our cover story this week records the first official Israeli confirmation of its talks with its Arab neighbours.

Not that such talks are in any way surprising; for all the remaining rhetoric and verbal hostility towards Israel, many Arab states realise that they and Israel have similar security issues. Shiite Iran poses an existential threat across the region.

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Labour’s pains

By Leader, June 2, 2016

Whatever the result of the Chakrabarti inquiry, we now know that the Labour Party has decided that it is acceptable for members to assert that wealthy Jews have enslaved people. By lifting the suspension of Jackie Walker, who wrote that Jews were the "chief financiers" of the slave trade, the party at least removed the pretence that, under Jeremy Corbyn, it cares about antisemitism.

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Back to front

By Leader, June 2, 2016

From this week, our leaders — the voice of the paper — will be appearing on the back page. We are unaware of any other newspaper that has done this. But then, most are not Jewish newspapers.

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Listen to parents

By Leader, May 26, 2016

Every year parents scramble to get their children into JFS, one of the biggest Jewish schools in Europe and an institution which is over 250 years old.

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Bad but no disaster

By Leader, May 26, 2016

This newspaper has never hidden its distaste for Avigdor Lieberman. He has a penchant for offensive statements and his attitudes often seem more designed to inflame Israel's critics than to achieve anything positive.

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