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Stop the stoppers

May 23, 2013

Under its previous chairman, Dame Suzi Leather, the Charity Commission often behaved as if it was in thrall to whatever was the latest fashionable cause.

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LibDems and Jews

May 17, 2013

There will be few in the Labour Party sorry to see the back of Lord Ahmed, whose shaming of his party was long-standing and unpleasant.

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Opening the skies

May 17, 2013

Last week, we highlighted the benefits to consumers that will flow from the injection of competition into the kosher meat market. This week's news is, if anything, even better. Flights to Israel have always been falsely high.

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Hawking’s shame

May 16, 2013

Looked at overall, the BDS campaign is miserably unsuccessful. Trade between the UK and Israel is at record levels and growing ever higher. But, on an individual level, there are still those who are willing to single out the Jewish state for boycott.

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Competition at last

May 9, 2013

The opening of a new kosher butcher in Golders Green might seem of parochial interest only. But it is far more than that. It offers the possibility of a revolution in kosher shopping. For too long, the meat trade has been able to use the cost of kosher supervision as an excuse for ripping off shoppers. Plainly, kosher meat is going to be more expensive than treif.

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Togetherness

May 2, 2013

If there is one point on which Jews everywhere agree, it is that we rarely agree. Occasionally, however, we put our inherent fractiousness aside and uncover a deep solidarity that reminds us we are part of something bigger.

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Representing rabbi

April 18, 2013

Last January, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner became the Movement for Reform Judaism's first Movement Rabbi. The post is representative, described by the organisation as being its "rabbinic face in the national arena". In that capacity she was invited to the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

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What Israel is about

April 18, 2013

The name Stav Shaffir will not be familiar to that many readers outside Israel, although our interview with her this week will help change that. But in her own way, the newly elected Labour MK represents just what the 65 year old Jewish state stands for.

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Please, not again...

April 11, 2013

Here we go again. The news that ITN is planning a reality show based on Jewish mothers "who have a desire to help people sort out their problems" makes the heart sink. Last year's Channel 4 series, Jewish Mum of the Year, was a tawdry affair which - to be charitable - did no credit to anyone involved. It was too much to hope that we had seen the back of schlock TV caricatures of Jews.

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A golden, lucky age

April 11, 2013

The passing of Baroness Thatcher reminds us of the most important single fact about Anglo-Israeli relations in the past five decades: just how lucky we have been.

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