The Diary

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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King Solomon's apprentice

November 20, 2014

Sun TV columnist Will Payne was excited this week to uncover a link between Apprentice boss Lord Sugar and contestant Daniel Lassman.

Mr Lassman, who has twice escaped the boardroom chop in successive weeks, was a pupil at King Solomon High School, whose life president is Lord Sugar.

The Redbridge school even has a Sugar wing for Jewish studies.

A spokesman for Lord Sugar described the co

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Christmas confusion

November 20, 2014

Blushes at Westminster Business Council, which sent out an invitation headed "Christmas party" for a talk by Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich. Cue a resulting clarification - the survivor speaks next week, while the knees-up is next month.

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First Cohen, now Clyne

November 20, 2014

Well, we may not have a Jewish player in the English football team but at least we can celebrate the most Jewish-sounding player since George Cohen of World Cup legend: Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne, who made his debut against Slovenia on Saturday.

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What the doctor ordered

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

Fame has fallen on Dr Phil Moss, emergency room director of St George's Hospital in Tooting, South London, whose department features in 24 Hours in A&E on Thursday nights.

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Heimishe bard sings the Jews

November 20, 2014

You have got to admire anyone who rhymes "Succos" with "tuches", as does grandmother-of-four Judy Karbritz in her newly published odes to Jewish life, Tower of Bagels.

The collection covers the gamut of Jewish experience from the madness of Pesach preparations to a broiges between two sisters.

Some of her poems are written to be sung to the tune of well-known songs, such as "Waltzing into Gi

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The preying kabbalist

November 13, 2014

An Israeli kabbalist has been ordered to stop practising by a rabbinical court after reportedly telling a female client she should have sex with him in order to heal their souls. According to shteible.net, the kabbalist was rumbled after the woman recorded her treatment.

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Sex that's too hot to read

November 13, 2014

Dutch writer Saskia Goldschmidt's book The Hormone Factory has been nominated for a prize she probably doesn't want to win. It's the Literary Review's annual Bad Sex Award, which pokes fun at erotic descriptions.

The novel is about the questionable methods used by a Jewish pharmaceutical company to survive World War Two.

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