The Diary

It's a Kardashian cover-up

April 17, 2015

Strictly-Orthodox website Kikar HaShabbat covered Kim Kardashian with a receipt in photos of her and husband Kanye West dining with Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat.

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Switched on for Shabbat

April 17, 2015

First was the Shabbes goy, then the time switch. But say ta-ta to timers because now comes KosherSwitch, a device that enables you to switch on lights without breaking Shabbat. Its American inventor says it has the blessing of leading rabbis and has turned to crowdfunding site Indiegogo to raise the $50,000 needed to go into production.

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Carroll singer at Synagogue

April 17, 2015

Sadly, Hampstead and Kilburn voters will not be able to select independent candidate Ronnie Carroll. The former Eurovision contestant, and political ally of Rainbow George Weiss, died this week at the age of 80.

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Emma spices up Masterchef

April 17, 2015

Exciting news for anyone planning a simchah in the near future: MasterChef contestant Emma Spitzer may soon be available for hire.

The mother of four from East Finchley, whose dishes have included date balls, spiced chickpeas and latkes, said she has enjoyed putting Israeli food on the map and would love to go into catering when she is done with the show.

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Politics of the seder plate

April 8, 2015

Rabbi Jonathan Romain added a little electoral seasoning to the Maidenhead Synagogue Seder by asking guests to suggest which political parties were best symbolised by items around the table.

Bitter herbs: Conservatives - "the bitter effects of austerity".

Salt water: LibDems – "Nick Clegg's poll ratings are lower than the Dead Sea".

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Masterchef's matzah balls

April 8, 2015

BBC TV's Masterchef went almost kosher for Pesach on Monday night, when contestant Fran served the judges chicken soup and kneidlach.

The 36-year-old teacher from Newport told judges Greg Wallace and John Torode that, given the brief to "create a classical dish", she had immediately turned to her grandmother's famous recipe.

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Bread tasting of heaven

April 8, 2015

In the run-up to Easter, BBC Radio 3 invited a number of prominent figures to discuss aspects of the Lord's Prayer. What more apt choice could there have been for Baroness Neuberger than the line, "Give us our daily bread" - a cry that will be echoing around many a Jewish household this week as we count down the days of matzah.

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Veggies are no has-beans

April 8, 2015

Pesach is extra hard on vegetarians who abstain from kitniot (legumes). But no problem for the Jewish Vegetarian Society which fed 65 guests on garlic-infused aubergine, vegetable tagine and chocolate mousse pots at a sell-out vegan and bean-free Seder at JW3. "It was our biggest event to date," said JVS director Lara Smallman.

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The easter soldier from JFS

April 8, 2015

Dan Cade has landed himself a new biblical TV role, but one his JFS education is unlikely to have prepared him for.

He plays Roman centurion Cassius, who has a hand in the crucifixion story in NBC's new series A.D. The Bible Continues.

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The honorary consul's dilemma

April 2, 2015

When Israel met Wales in the European Cup qualifier at the weekend, it was a classic dilemma for Philip Kaye of Cardiff.

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