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Rosie Choueka: Inspiring courage

June 18, 2015

The former editor of the British Medical Journal recently argued that cancer is the best way to die because it gives the terminally ill the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones and find suitable endings to the narratives of their lives.

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Shabbat for us all

June 11, 2015

Last year’s Shabbat UK was one of the Chief Rabbi’s most noteworthy early successes. But, for all the numbers involved, there was a feeling that this was an event primarily for United Synagogue members. It is encouraging that in his piece for us this week Chief Rabbi Mirvis appears to recognise this, emphasising that “Shabbat UK” is for everyone.

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Subtle response

June 11, 2015

The dilemma over next month’s planned antisemitic rally in Golders Green is whether an organised response elevates a group of fringe extremists beyond their real importance and thus plays into their hands — or whether ignoring them provides them with a platform to spread their hate.

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Worthwhile idea

June 4, 2015

Instead of dealing with the silly political games of a few student activists, how much more elevating to consider something genuinely worthwhile on campus. To wit, the Jewish chaplaincies across the country which provide not just spiritual guidance but something even more essential for students - a good Friday night dinner.

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Flattery of the fools

June 4, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu is of course entirely right that it is a grotesque form of hypocrisy for the National Union of Students to vote to boycott Israel but to reject condemning ISIS. The hard-core student activists behind the vote are clearly so devoid of basic intelligence that they cannot even see the difference between Israel and ISIS. But so what?

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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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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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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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