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Chief Rabbi’s error

July 5, 2012

Opinions on gay marriage vary. In that, the Jewish community is no different from the rest of society. As the Chief Rabbi of the United Synagogue, it is hardly a surprise that Lord Sacks opposes the idea. Plainly, he believes that gay marriage is contrary to the Torah. And he has as much right oppose to gay marriage as anyone else.

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Leading the world

June 29, 2012

It is a sign of the astonishing pre-eminence and success of Israeli hi-tech that no one will be the least surprised by the comments of Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google, that Israel is shaping the 21st century. Nor will there be any surprise at the breadth and stature of the participants at this week's superb Innovate Israel conference. Israel faces many problems.

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Prejudice returns

June 29, 2012

The idea that any court, anywhere in the world, might take it upon itself to criminalise male circumcision is troubling enough. The fact that it was a German district court that did so this week is deeply disturbing.

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Irish arts bigots

June 14, 2012

The (Irish) cat appears well and truly out of the bag this week, if the testimony of Nicky Larkin is to be believed. Mr Larkin, an avowed Palestinian sympathiser, received nearly £30,000 from the Irish Arts Council to make a film about the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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Resist this dogma

June 14, 2012

Just as no one objects to the labelling of meat slaughtered by shechitah - it is the singling out of kosher (and halal) meat which is so iniquitous - so no one can object to a genuinely independent inquiry into kosher methods of slaughter. We have nothing to fear from an objective investigation.

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Proud and British

June 7, 2012

As the photos in our Community section reflect, the Jubilee was celebrated with relish. Young and old, religious and secular, we revelled in kosher street parties, celebrations in schools and special events in synagogues bedecked in red, white and blue.

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Olympic politics

June 7, 2012

Few people will understand how an Israeli International Olympics Committee member, of all people, could lead the opposition to a minute's silence at this year's games to commemorate the 11 Israeli athletes murdered in Munich in 1972.

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Failing the test

May 24, 2012

You are a pupil who has been studying hard for your GCSE examinations. Today you face the Religious Studies exam.

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That's democracy

May 24, 2012

It is difficult to admire Avigdor Lieberman. He holds views which many British Jews find, to say the least, difficult. He appears certain to be indicted for corruption. He behaves as if his political mission is to create enemies rather than allies for Israel.

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Come on, you Ms

May 17, 2012

For Spurs fans dreading tomorrow's Hobson's choice - supporting a German team winning the Champions League in order to ensure the Lillywhites qualify for next season's competition - there is unexpected relief.

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