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Come clean on Aidan Burley

December 24, 2013

Two years ago Conservative MP Aidan Burley apologised for his participation in a Nazi-themed stag night. But many questions remain about both the incident and Mr Burley’s account of it — not least because the party has refused to make public the results of its own investigation.

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Limmud is for us all

December 24, 2013

It is almost impossible to overstate the successof Limmud. In terms of sheer practicalities, it is an enormous undertaking: over 1000 events across 5 days in front of 2,500 people eating 30,000 meals.

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United Synagogue's welcome reform

December 13, 2013

The cogs of reform turn slowly in our community. Frustratingly and annoyingly slowly. But when they do move, it is important that those behind the changes are acknowledged and supported because they are often the subject of attack. So credit is due to the United Synagogue for its decision to allow women trustees. It is easy to say that such a change ought to have happened many years ago.

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Shimon Peres: force of nature

December 6, 2013

Only Shimon Peres could announce his retirement from the Israeli presidency at the age of 90 in order to return to politics. And only Shimon Peres could make such an announcement and be taken totally seriously.

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The hypocrisy of Nick Clegg

December 5, 2013

There is only one word for Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister: hypocrite.

It is one thing for the LibDem leader to refuse to comment on the latest tweet from his LibDem colleague, David Ward. Much as the media would like politicians to answer every question put to them, in the real world they constantly duck difficult issues.

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Disraeli - time to let go?

November 29, 2013

Disraeli might have left us in 1881 but the passing of a 132 years has done nothing to dilute the intensity of the feelings aroused by the former Prime Minister.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis's reforming zeal

November 29, 2013

So much for the Chief Rabbi as merely a figurehead! He has not even been in office for three months but already Rabbi Mirvis has made his mark with reforming zeal.

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Mitzvah Day shines

November 22, 2013

There is no finer institution in British Jewry than Mitzvah Day. An astonishing 30,000 people donated 90,000 hours of their time this year, showing that it’s not how much but just how you give that really makes a difference.

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LibDem's inaction over David Ward is contemptible

November 22, 2013

It will come as the biggest non-surprise of the year that David Ward, the LibDem MP with a thing about “the Jews”, has been at it again. This time he has said that it is “a shame there isn’t a powerful, well-funded Board of Deputies for Roma”.

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Craven and defeated

November 13, 2013

So now we know. Far from being misguided hyperbole, the idea that President Obama would “throw Israel under a bus” — a phrase that did the rounds a couple of years ago — was an accurate prediction of his administration’s Iran policy. Since taking office, President Obama has repeatedly stressed that no options were off the table when it came to Iran.

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