The Diary

A simchah worth singing about

March 12, 2015

He may never strut the West End stage but Steve Brodie's musical tribute to his wife, Rachel, has been picked up by the national media.

A video celebrating the couple's marriage 15 months ago, which he recently posted on Facebook, had the Mirror asking: "Is this the greatest wedding speech ever?" It features clips from their London simchah along with the serenading groom's rendition of Bruno Ma

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Ukip's champ-in-waiting

March 12, 2015

Ukip's electoral prospects may be uncertain but its treasurer, Andrew Reid, is confident of at least one winner – his racehorse, Exit Europe.

Mr Reid bred the three-year-old in Mill Hill from the sister of a former Derby winner. "He is going to do the business this year," he said.

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Laura leaves Board guessing

March 5, 2015

The biggest surprise of the Board of Deputies presidential election so far has been the decision of senior-vice president Laura Marks not to contest it.

The Mitzvah Day founder was expected to try to become only the Board's second female president.

But now rumour has been going round that Ms Marks might bow out altogether and not even seek a second term as vice-president.

When asked about

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Groomed with a view

March 5, 2015

Wondered whether to let your stubble go designer or a goatee grace your chin?

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Whisky waiting in the wood

March 5, 2015

Kiddush clubs, those select groups of whisky-drinkers, are usually a male preserve.

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Mosque meeting of minds

March 5, 2015

In North London, girls from a small Muslim school which doesn't have enough playground space are able to play in the adjacent Jewish school.

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The peyot behind Pompidou

February 26, 2015

Matt Lucas returns to the screen on Sunday, playing an impecunious aristocrat who lives in a caravan in the new BBC Two series, Pompidou.

For his latest comedy venture he is teaming up again with writer Ashley Blaker, possibly the only British Jew in the comedy business who wears peyot.

Mr Blaker was the producer on the original radio version of Little Britain and also worked on the TV serie

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Esther's happy to say oy vey

February 26, 2015

Employment Minister Esther McVey was back among friends at the Wizo UK dinner on Monday, sitting in between talent agent Jonathan Shalit and Conservative Friends of Israel director Stuart Polak.

It was Mr Shalit who had suggested she ought to pursue a political career when they met on the set of GMTV in the 1990s.

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Diva returns to Eurovision

February 26, 2015

How could the BBC leave Israel out of its European Song Contest Greatest Hits concert in London next month? Of course, it couldn't. Dana International, the most famous transgender Jew in history, will be reprising her 1998 winning entry, Diva, in celebration of the contest's 60th anniversary.

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Shakespeare for the shtetl

February 26, 2015

Wolf Hall star Mark Rylance revealed that he has sometimes cut antisemitic lines from Shakespeare but maybe there are other ways to bowdlerise the Bard. What should the witches in Macbeth cast into their cauldron instead of "liver of blaspheming Jew"? "Liver chopped and Sabbath stew"?

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