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Rabbinic gift horse

September 20, 2012

Last week, a few days before Rosh Hashanah, BBC1 transmitted what is now an annual film by the Chief Rabbi. One might have thought that a community as numerically small as ours would feel honoured to be accorded such privileged access to the nation's main TV channel.

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A fateful year ahead

September 13, 2012

This time last year, we wondered whether this would be the year in which Israel acted against Iran, whether alone or in concert with the US. A year on and the same question remains foremost in our minds. But it somehow feels that the next few months will be fateful, whatever happens.

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Limited utility

September 6, 2012

So much for the hope that this week's conference of rabbis and imams would provide a platform for Muslim leaders to speak out on the fact that the thread that connects the attack on Israelis in Bulgaria, the shootings in Toulouse, and the plot to blow up Jews in Manchester - not to mention much of the everyday abuse on the streets of Europe's cities - is that the perpetrators have all been Muslim.

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Co-op boycott push

September 6, 2012

On the face of it, the fringe meeting at this week's Co-operative Party conference, on "international development and fair-trade", is laudable. Until one looks at the complexion of the panel, who seem to have only one thing in common: a commitment to boycotting Israel.

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Drugsline must be rescued, the JC says

September 6, 2012

The sudden collapse of Drugsline is a disaster which simply has to be rectified. The charity has not only saved the lives of many of those already ravaged by drug abuse; the preventative work it does in schools and colleges is essential. Without it, we risk making an already bad situation far worse.

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Some transparency

August 30, 2012

Were we Catholics, we would know what to expect. In choosing their spiritual leader, the cardinals rely on a puff of smoke which rises above the Vatican, enabling the masses, eventually, to rejoice and say "Habemus Papam". No such methodology exists for the choosing of a chief rabbi, although the twists and turns in the process suggest that smoke, if not mirrors, is certainly at work.

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Why not Israel?

August 24, 2012

It's an international event with a global audience. The national airport is awash with incoming delegates, visitors and a huge press entourage.

There are flags, buoyantly happy spectators and admiring media coverage. Extraordinary as it is to believe, that was the joyful Israel and the1968 Paralympic Games - just a year after the Six Day War.

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An explicit attack

August 24, 2012

Be in no doubt what is happening in Germany. The decision to file charges against Rabbi David Goldberg is an explicit, unambiguous and frightening attack not merely on circumcision but on the very practice of Judaism.

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Preparing for war

August 16, 2012

As the world speculates over an Israeli strike at Iran's nuclear facilities, those who live in the shadow of events have gone unnoticed.

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Perspective needed

August 16, 2012

Almost every week we record what might be termed "Disgusted of Golders Green" stories. These range from the truly offensive - the nasty little "Zionist Games" from "Swansea Telly", awarding medals for shooting Gaza fishermen - to the, frankly, near ludicrous, such as the "Adolf Hitler" crazy golf in Blackpool.

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