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Competition at last

May 9, 2013

The opening of a new kosher butcher in Golders Green might seem of parochial interest only. But it is far more than that. It offers the possibility of a revolution in kosher shopping. For too long, the meat trade has been able to use the cost of kosher supervision as an excuse for ripping off shoppers. Plainly, kosher meat is going to be more expensive than treif.

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Togetherness

May 2, 2013

If there is one point on which Jews everywhere agree, it is that we rarely agree. Occasionally, however, we put our inherent fractiousness aside and uncover a deep solidarity that reminds us we are part of something bigger.

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Representing rabbi

April 18, 2013

Last January, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner became the Movement for Reform Judaism's first Movement Rabbi. The post is representative, described by the organisation as being its "rabbinic face in the national arena". In that capacity she was invited to the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

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What Israel is about

April 18, 2013

The name Stav Shaffir will not be familiar to that many readers outside Israel, although our interview with her this week will help change that. But in her own way, the newly elected Labour MK represents just what the 65 year old Jewish state stands for.

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Please, not again...

April 11, 2013

Here we go again. The news that ITN is planning a reality show based on Jewish mothers "who have a desire to help people sort out their problems" makes the heart sink. Last year's Channel 4 series, Jewish Mum of the Year, was a tawdry affair which - to be charitable - did no credit to anyone involved. It was too much to hope that we had seen the back of schlock TV caricatures of Jews.

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A golden, lucky age

April 11, 2013

The passing of Baroness Thatcher reminds us of the most important single fact about Anglo-Israeli relations in the past five decades: just how lucky we have been.

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Happiness will out

April 4, 2013

If one judged Israel by the tone and content of most media coverage, it would be understandable if everyone there wanted to leave. But this week’s OECD table provides a more accurate reflection of Israeli life, showing that Israelis are the eighth happiest people in the world. No wonder.

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Fascist, racist, fool

April 4, 2013

Whatever others may say about him, Paulo Di Canio is clear: "I am a fascist, not a racist." Mr Di Cano is as deft a political thinker as one would expect a football manager to be. Because while, in theory, it may be possible to separate fascism from racism, Mr Di Canio's form of fascism seems to do nothing of the sort.

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Chomsky, sophistry champion

By Oliver Kamm, March 28, 2013

Among Jewish contributors to modern intellectual life, few carry as much name-recognition as Noam Chomsky. Visiting London last week, he drew enthusiastic crowds to a lecture given in honour of Edward Said, the Palestinian literary critic, and an interview at the British Library with Jonathan Freedland, the Guardian columnist and my fellow JC contributor.

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Some perspective

March 28, 2013

On the other hand… As we near the end of Pesach, and the story of a forced exodus, we ought to reflect how lucky we are to live in Britain in 2013. What threats there are to shechita and brit milah are made democratically, are subject to rational argument, and give us the chance to stand up for our religion.

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