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Speaking together

November 3, 2011

There are times when it seems as if there is only doom and gloom around. So it is important to note the positives. This week three key ministers have nothing but positive messages to impart.

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Time to speak out

October 28, 2011

The controversy over the donations to Adam Werritty, the friend of the former defence secretary, Liam Fox, rumbles on. But three of the key figures, Mick Davis, Michael Lewis and Poju Zabludowicz have yet to speak.

And with their silence, the nonsensical narrative developed in the Guardian, that there is some sinister Jewish cabal at work, takes ever greater hold.

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Western disgrace

October 28, 2011

When we revealed last month that parents of stillborn babies had been misled by the United Synagogue over their burials, it was encouraging that the organisation's current officers responded with openness, an unreserved apology to the affected parents, and an inquiry to get to the bottom of the scandal.

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Western disgrace

October 28, 2011

When we revealed last month that parents of stillborn babies had been misled by the United Synagogue over their burials, it was encouraging that the organisation's current officers responded with openness, an unreserved apology to the affected parents, and an inquiry to get to the bottom of the scandal.

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A human story

October 19, 2011

In the end, it was all about a human story: a father's hug, a mother's tears.

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Israel's enemies

October 11, 2011

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the settlements, it is wrong to portray those who live in them in a political monochrome. Some settler collectives are at the forefront of reconciliation efforts.

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Magnificent Dame

October 11, 2011

It is probably now the least propitious time for a generation to raise £50 milllion for a building project, let alone for a community centre.

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Heartbreaking

October 10, 2011

Few will be able to read Allen and Susan Bergson's story and retain their composure. It is difficult to imagine the depth of their grief - compounded by the discovery after nearly four decades that the information they had been given about their son's burial was, to quote another victim of the misinformation, 'a pack of lies'.

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No real change yet

September 27, 2011

A week after the UN General Assembly, the frenetic manoeuvrings around the Palestinian Authority's bid for statehood, and the near-panic in some quarters, what has changed? Next to nothing.

Yes, Mahmoud Abbas ignored the strenuous urgings of the United States and, to scenes of wild rejoicing in Ramallah, presented his application to the Security Council.

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Shanah Tovah

September 27, 2011

It is something of a nation-wide communal sport to moan about the Rosh Hashanah sermon - each and every sermon, that is, delivered by each and every rabbi.

But this year, spare a thought for those rabbis who have to find something meaty enough to be remembered, original enough to be worth saying, and uncontroversial enough not to annoy. It is not a task to be envied.

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