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The slave who found freedom

By Nathan Jeffay, July 1, 2011

Six years ago, Avi Be'eri- or Ibrahim as he was known then - was a broken, lonely street child, sleeping in a market in his native Guinea, West Africa. He had been orphaned, and had left the home of his uncle, where he was meant to be living, because of abuse.

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Interview: Maurice Glasman

By Michael Freedland, June 30, 2011

Maurice Glasman is a happy man. Here he is, the boy who used to live over a London shop, ordering tea on the terrace of the House of Lords, smoking his roll-ups and revelling in the fact that the waitress knows who he is and has shown him to his regular spot by the low wall overlooking the Thames.

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Act your age? This woman says you don't have to

By John Nathan, June 24, 2011

We do not grow older the way we used to. Written here, this simple observation seems no more interesting than all the other things that we do not do the way we used to - travel, shop, book restaurants, read, or even give birth…

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Interview: Benny Morris

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

Peace between Israelis and Palestinians has proved stubbornly elusive since the false dawn of the Oslo Accords of 1993. But there remains a broad consensus on what should be the basis of any deal - a two-state solution.

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Meet London's strictly Orthodox crime busters

By Robyn Rosen, June 17, 2011

Shomrim is notoriously private. The strictly Orthodox security organisation does not have a website or a phone number listed online and it does not advertise in local newspapers. It is only when there is a crime committed that you may notice a group of bearded men appear within minutes, wearing identical dark jackets and speaking into walkie-talkies.

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By 'eck, I've had five fiancés

By Angela Epstein, June 16, 2011

Debby Carr has the kind of beauty that makes grown men walk into oncoming traffic. Not only because they are bewitched by her striking looks, but also because there is something familiar about those feline eyes and that sultry smile.

Want a clue? Anyone who sees her might think: "By 'eck, she's gorgeous".

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Proud to be gay and Orthodox

By Jeremy Josephs, June 10, 2011

Talya lev speaks with the conviction and energy of a seasoned campaigner who scents that victory is in the Jerusalem air. The 27-year-old American-born Israeli gay activist feels that when it comes to the issue of religious Jewish lesbians, things are changing.

"We are in the middle of a revolution right now," she says.

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A family reunited after 90 years

By Anthea Gerrie, June 3, 2011

She had no Jewish upbringing, yet the sound of klezmer tore at her heart. It would take most of a lifetime for Kristina Taylor to discover why.

"An invisible rope would tighten around my chest; I had such an emotional response to the music," she recalls. "Now I know it's because a part of me belongs to that old Jewish culture and tradition."

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Interview: Matthew Gould

By Jenni Frazer, June 2, 2011

Britain's ambassador to Israel strolls, unnoticed and unaccompanied, through Whitehall, a backpack slung casually over his shoulder.

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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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