Lifestyle features

Interview: Ron Prosor

By Jenni Frazer, May 26, 2011

It is probably safe to say that no Israeli diplomat has ever used a farewell interview to sing of his regrets at leaving the country where he has served.

But it is equally safe to say that Ron Prosor, Israel's outgoing ambassador to the UK, is no ordinary diplomat. A career high-flyer with Israel's Foreign Ministry, Prosor may well be the best-known foreign envoy in Britain.

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When Iraq had its Kristallnacht

By Sarah Ehrlich, May 26, 2011

For a dwindling number of Iraqi Jews, the holiday of Shavuot brings back each year the traumatic memory of one of the worst racial attacks in modern history. Over two days in 1941 around 800 Jews were murdered in their homes in Baghdad by a huge mob of Muslim rioters as the British army, forbidden from entering the city, looked on from the outskirts.

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Why South Koreans are in love with Judaism

By Tim Alper, May 12, 2011

The South Korean ambassador to Israel, Ma Young-sam, raised eyebrows recently when he told reporters the Talmud was mandatory reading for Korean schoolchildren.

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Rachel Beer: Fleet Street's first woman editor

By Simon Round, May 5, 2011

Until very recently if you Googled the name Rachel Beer you would not come up with anything very much, certainly nothing to suggest that she did what no woman has done before or since - edit both the Observer and the Sunday Times. Indeed, for eight years she was in editorial control of both papers.

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Interview: Mark Regev

By Jeremy Josephs, May 5, 2011

For a man who has spent over two decades working within the world of diplomacy and mastering the art of providing carefully crafted, nuanced responses on behalf of the government of Israel, Mark Regev could hardly be more blunt.

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Holiday county that was a haven for Jews

April 28, 2011

Thousands of tourists will have descended on Cornwall during the holiday season, a fair few Jews among them. But what the visitors may not know is that the county which is famous for its pasties, beaches and clotted-cream teas, is also home to a fascinating Jewish heritage.

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You want a happy marriage? Listen to us

By Robyn Rosen, April 28, 2011

Rabbi Michael Laitner runs the United Synagogue's Newlyweds Programme which helps couples learn practical Jewish approaches to married life. He has some advice which he thinks might be useful to a certain young couple who are tying the knot today: "An old Midrashic adage states that a groom is compared to a king as long, add the rabbis, as he treats his bride like a queen."

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How not to work out at the gym

By Jacqui Kohen, April 14, 2011

Has the onset of spring made you hot-foot it into your local health club in a desperate attempt to acquire a physique to rival Jennifer Aniston's?

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Footballers whose goal is peace in Israel

By Anne Joseph, April 14, 2011

A group of men and women in tracksuits and coloured bibs are dribbling footballs through cones, whooping and exchanging high-fives as they complete a circuit. It is a common enough sight on pitches up and down the country, but this training session, taking place at Brighton University's Chelsea School of Sport in Eastbourne, is different.

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The Germans setting Shoah memories in stone

By Winston Pickett, April 7, 2011

Last month, on a sunny pavement in the Wilhelmsdorf-Charlottenberg section of Berlin, some 40 people solemnly gathered outside a block of tidy, well-scrubbed residential flats on Gieselerstrasse 12. They came to commemorate the memory of seven Jews who were rounded up by the Nazis and sent to their deaths in Auschwitz between 1942 and 1944.

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