The Diary

Limmud prays for pants

December 4, 2014

If you're going to the Limmud conference at Warwick University this month, make sure you bring an extra set of new underwear. That is to donate to local charity, Grub 'n' Gab, which provides underwear and other essentials to young homeless people. A Limmud source said, "Our pants will be the answer to their prayers."

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Schneider's hairy secret

By Simon Rocker, December 4, 2014

David Schneider was one of the celebrities who joined Prince Harry's "feel no shame" campaign in support of Worlds Aid Day by recording a video revealing a secret. So what did the comedian bring out of his closet: the single hair that grows out of the top of his nose - "the rhinoceros hair", as he dubbed it.

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Strictly Come Palestine

December 4, 2014

Has Strictly Come Dancing pre-empted the United Nations? Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas no doubt would have done a one-man dabke if he had seen last week's "Around the World" episode where his country's flag was displayed. It upset at least one of our readers but the flag of Israel was visible, too.

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Moses back on the big screen

December 4, 2014

In less than a month we will know the answer: will Christian Bale make a better Moses than Charlton Heston?

The Batman star plays the biblical hero in Ridley Scott's epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, due to be released here on Boxing Day.

Bale has already courted controversy by suggesting that Moses was "most likey schizophrenic and was one of the most barbarous individuals that I ever read about

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Festive cheer with beer

December 4, 2014

What better way to celebrate the penultimate night of Chanucah than pop down to the King's Head theatre pub in London where a quartet of Jewish comics are putting on "Rabbi Santa's Comedy Night"? It's been organised by Bennett Arron, who will be joined on December 22 by Mark Maier, Sol Bernstein and Joe Bor.

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They're from the YMCA

November 27, 2014

With precious little good news coming out of Jerusalem, there ought to be a special welcome here for the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus.

Israeli and Palestinian singers from the West and East of the city will take part in a music celebration for peace at the Aldwych Theatre in London on Sunday week, in aid of the Jerusalem Foundation.

Also performing will be AfterParty A Capella, the New London

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Missing cricket and custard

November 27, 2014

British oleh Daniel Rothenberg recently launched a Facebook conversation about what his fellow-immigrants missed most about their old home.

Here are a few responses: cricket, "watching Spurs being humiliated", long cucumbers, smoked haddock, rhubarb crumble and custard, mint sauce, frosty autumn mornings, conkers, robins, squirrels, double-decker buses, "driving with people who use mirrors and

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Nigella the chicken lover

November 27, 2014

Nigella Lawson's larder would leave many a rabbi spluttering. But here's proof that the TV cook is a heimishe girl at heart. According to the Evening Standard, she said that "roast chicken is the fundamental unit of cooking".

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Vanessa the radio legend

November 27, 2014

BBC presenter Vanessa Feltz will be recognised for her contribution to broadcasting next Thursday when she is inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame at the Savoy Hotel. "You could knock me down with a feather," she said.

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Apprentice not for crossing

November 27, 2014

We have had one or two anxious inquiries about the ritual performed by the Apprentice's Daniel Lassman before his boardroom ordeals. Surely the great Jewish hope could not be crossing himself?

No, he is not, you will be relieved to know.

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