The Diary

Derby day for chief rabbis

September 3, 2013

The 1pm start for the installation of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in St John’s Wood on Sunday is unusually early.

But could the lunchtime kick-off have been arranged for the sake of football fans, who would like to get to the Arsenal v Spurs derby taking place later that afternoon?

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Nothing fishy about this dish

August 23, 2013

There is not a trace of the sea in this version of gefilte fish. Made from cauliflower and potato, it is a vegan recipe featured on the Jewish Vegetarian Society website.

You never know, it might be more palatabale than the real thing.

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No cheap shot

By Simon Rocker, August 23, 2013

This rifle is one of pair once owned by the late philanthropist Sir Charles Clore. The two guns are up for auction at Gleneagles Hotel next month, when they are expected to fetch more than £55,000.

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Yiddle in the middle?

August 11, 2013

This ad hoarding for Jewson building supplies is clearly sending a subliminal message: Aussies’ cricket skipper Michael Clarke should have been playing at the Maccabiah than battling for the Ashes.

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Kashrus interruptus

August 11, 2013

We recently reported the Rabbinical Council of California’s agreement to kosher certification of a range of sexual lubricants. Well, the rabbis have had a change of heart. In a notice announcing its withdrawal from the deal, the RCC stated: “Certification of non-edible items is common in the kosher industry, but the intended uses of these items as now revealed, was misunderstood.”

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Big brother v Eco antis

August 11, 2013

Last week we revealed how Dana International impersonator Chelsea Fox had brought a touch of glamour to pro-Israel supporters opposing anti-Zionist protests outside the EcoStream shop in Brighton.

This week the indomitable Sussex Friends of Israel member enlisted a new ally, Pete Bennett, the 2006 winner of Big Brother.

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United Synagogue sorry over Gaza gaffe

August 11, 2013

You wouldn’t expect a synagogue’s weekly Torah newssheet to be a source of contention.

But an apology has followed a recent edition of the United Synagogue’s Daf Hashavua distributed to congregants.

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Sage advice for Islamic charity

August 11, 2013

An email from a Muslim charity, inviting me to contribute to its zakat (charity) appeal, was headlined “If not now, then when?”. Sounds familiar? It’s one of the most famous sayings of a famous sage, Hillel.

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When Freddie meets Zubin

August 4, 2013

What links Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra music director Zubin Mehta and the late frontman of Queen, Freddie Mercury? They’re both of Zoroastrian origin. Mr Mehta is a patron of a new exhibition on the ancient Persian religion, at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies later this year.

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It's great to eat Greek

August 4, 2013

If you’re visiting Athens, pop into kosher restaurant Gostijo, purveyors of leek fritters and meat balls with three sauces. It is rated the second best restaurant in the Greek capital by readers of travel review website tripadvisor. “Very fair prices for very yummy dishes,” enthused one happy customer.

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