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Unturned stones

December 9, 2011

The United Synagogue has, as it said it would, investigated the circumstances underlying the scandal of parents being lied to about the burial of their babies, unearthed earlier this year by the JC. It has made that report public. It has apologised. And it has promised that nothing of the sort will ever happen again. That is all good.

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Desert isle naches

December 8, 2011

An appearance on Desert Island Discs is as sure a sign of arrival into the realm of the great and the good as any MBE or OBE.

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Chilling words

December 5, 2011

There is no more classic antisemitic trope than the idea of the Jew as agent of a foreign power, lacking loyalty to his 'host' country.

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Chilling words

December 1, 2011

There is no more classic antisemitic trope than the idea of the Jew as agent of a foreign power, lacking loyalty to his 'host' country. Add to that the idea of a Jewish conspiracy and you have a double whammy.

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The kosher pork

November 28, 2011

Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger's initiative to bring kosher-killed Spanish goose meat to Israel, precisely because he has been assured by three non-Jewish chefs that it tastes just like pork, is a startling step for any rabbi to take.

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A Big Tent for all

November 28, 2011

Despite what might best be described as an unpropitious beginning, this Sunday's Big Tent for Israel conference in Manchester will be going ahead with full communal support.

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Wide consultation

November 17, 2011

The JC has been leading the campaign for the next Chief Rabbi to be elected. The United Synagogue has now decided on a different path.

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A moral vacuum

November 17, 2011

In recent weeks we have had fine words from both the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister on the evils of antisemitism.

This week the chair of the Conservative Party and the leader of the Labour Party have made speeches focused on their commitment to fighting antisemitism. And yet, for all the shared sentiment, their words clearly count for nothing in some quarters.

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Apologise, now

November 10, 2011

There has long been a tension between those who favour direct confrontation with our enemies and those who take a different approach.

It was present within the 35s campaign for Soviet Jewry and it is present today in the campaign against Israel's delegitimisers. Tensions can rise as either side finds the other's tactics frustrating.

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Understand Iran

November 10, 2011

It is difficult for the modern, secular West to comprehend the mindset of the Iranian mullahs. We think - or so we like to assume - rationally.

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