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Ridiculous driving

May 28, 2015

The image of the Charedi community is that it is archaic, stuck in a long-gone past and entirely unsuitable for the modern world. That image is woefully misguided; the branches of Charedi Judaism are many and varied, and contain some of the most go-ahead, thought provoking and thoroughly modern men and women in Anglo-Jewry. But sometimes they do not help themselves.

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The Israeli buffer

May 28, 2015

When Islamic State overran Palmyra last week, amid Western horror over the beadings and probable destruction of the city's Roman remains, another - perhaps still more significant - event was missed. In Idlib, a coalition of rebels had defeated government troops, cutting the Syrian regime's forces off from the north.

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Inspirational Peres

May 21, 2015

Ninety one years old (or, in his case, young) he may be, but Shimon Peres is now Israel's de facto Foreign Minister - or at least its global ambassador. With the post of foreign minister left vacant by Benjamin Netanyahu, the nation's former President and Prime Minister remains its most eloquent globe-trotter.

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Dealing with reality

May 21, 2015

On one level, the conviction of Todros Grynhaus is no more and no less than the bringing to justice of a paedophile. But in reality it is a lot more than that. It is inconceivable that Grynhaus is a lone example. What we do not know, simply because the evidence has not been brought to light, is the scale of the problem.

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JFS mayhem

May 14, 2015

Muck-Up Day is an annual tradition at many schools. But this year’s revels at JFS did not merely get out of hand; at times they edged towards criminality. Some have criticised the school for over-reacting in calling the police and sending the entire year home. What world do they live in? Those responsible are lucky that they are not now facing criminal charges.

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Israel and Britain: A firm friendship

May 14, 2015

During last summer’s Gaza war, David Cameron stood firm in his support of Israel’s right to defend itself from terror. And that was despite being in coalition with the LibDems, whose then leader, Nick Clegg, and Vince Cable both raced to join the anti-Israel bandwagon. Now, of course, Mr Cameron is governing on his own.

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No more stigma

May 7, 2015

This week, we start a series on mental illness. Irrational as it may be, a stigma still attaches to the condition in some places - even though one in four of us suffers from mental illness in any given year. Organisations like JAMI do good work not just in removing the stigma but in offering practical help to those who are suffering.

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Survivor squalor

May 7, 2015

Whatever our politics, whatever our religious outlook, whatever our income, there is surely one thing on which we can all agree: it cannot be right for Holocaust survivors to live in poverty. Many will be shocked to discover that, according to the Six Point Foundation, there are at least one hundred survivors living below the breadline in squalor. That is a figure that shames our community.

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Vote, vote, vote, for...

April 30, 2015

It is traditional for newspapers to declare their support for one party as polling day approaches. But for the JC, with a varied and thoughtful readership with widely differing views about the subjects that are important to the Jewish community, such an endorsement would be impertinent.

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As long as you vote...

April 30, 2015

It is traditional for newspapers to declare their support for one party as polling day approaches. But for the JC, with a varied and thoughtful readership with widely differing views about the subjects that are important to the Jewish community, such an endorsement would be impertinent. Our readers are more than capable of making up their own minds!

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