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LSE students get it

January 19, 2012

Deplorable as the incident in which a Jewish LSE student was assaulted is, one positive aspect can at least be taken from it.

In similar circumstances, university authorities all too often react half-heartedly or even not at all.

There will certainly be those wondering why the students involved have not simply been thrown out.

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Straws in the wind

January 19, 2012

Occasionally - albeit not that often - there are straws in the wind which offer hope. Two such instances are recorded this week.

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Confidence needed

January 12, 2012

The dramatic spike in domestic violence reported to Jewish Women's Aid should make our community stop and think.

First, renewed kudos to the charity itself, which has patiently plugged away at its core mission: telling women that no matter how old they are or how long they have been in a marriage or relationship, domestic violence is never acceptable.

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Intergalactic rabbi

January 12, 2012

Conservative MP Louise Mensch reckons our next chief rabbi should be motor-mouthed Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

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A good initiative

January 5, 2012

Last year we exposed the terrible story of babies being buried in unmarked graves, without parents being informed.

So it is heartening to be able to report this week that the United Synagogue is behind an entirely admirable burial scheme, through which people can be buried in Israel.

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"I apologise...if" not acceptable

January 5, 2012

Another year, another apology. This time it is the turn of Phil Parkinson, a Brit living in the United Arab Emirates, whose advertisement for his gym in Dubai featured a picture of the entrance to Auschwitz and the caption "Kiss your calories goodbye."

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Shame on them

December 29, 2011

If anything positive can be drawn from the disgraceful events in Bet Shemesh in recent weeks, it is that the increasingly appalling behaviour of the city's strictly Orthodox residents has rallied almost all of Israel in opposition.

From President Peres down, Israelis have made clear their anger.

Israel is indeed a light unto the nations, and it remains one of the main tasks of the diaspora i

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Limmud's wonder

December 29, 2011

As it is not the British way to boast, we tend to hide our light under a bushel. Indeed, sometimes we behave as all is doom and gloom. But if ever there was something to smile - and, yes, boast - about it is Limmud, which this week saw another astonishing five days of learning, conversation, activity and sheer fun.
Limmud is like nothing else. And it is a thoroughly British invention.

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Islamism's allies

December 22, 2011

Last week we published an analysis by our political editor of the ongoing problems with London Citizens and the East London Mosque, and criticising those who lend these two organisations their support. We have received many outraged letters from those who think such support is not merely acceptable but vital.

They are profoundly mistaken.

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Fight for freedom

December 22, 2011

The air is full this week of freedom from oppression. Unfortunately it is not the result of newly won freedoms - quite the opposite, as the continuing brutality in Syria, the ever greater threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon and our analysis of Egypt all show.

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