The Diary

Two Eds better than one

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2011

Celebrity lookalike photographer Alison Jackson is planning a new stunt based on David and Ed Miliband.

Famous for her pictures, posed by lookalikes, of the royal family and politicians in unlikely scenarios, she is looking for some suitable stand-ins for the political brothers.

Her studio even placed an ad in the JC for some ersatz-Milibands.

But after a trawl of the highways and by-ways

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The Hgh Hollywood Days

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2011

Some American rabbis keen to pep up their High Holy Day sermons have been seeking inspiration at a workshop run by Hollywood writers, including scriptwriters for Mad Men and The Simpsons. Perhaps our own ministers could take a cue; how about some help from Dan Mock the Week Patterson or Jeremy League of Gentlemen Dyson?

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When the Earth moves

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2011

According to Rabbi Yehuda Levin of New York, this week's earthquake on the east coast of the USA was a divine protest against gay marriage.

In a video (you can see on the vozisneias website) he cites the Jerusalem Talmud which has God saying: "You have shaken your male member in a place where it doesn't belong. I, too, will shake the earth."

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Cowboy comments

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2011

Controversy has surrounded right-wing American commentator Glenn Beck's solidarity rallies in Israel.

But even he was upstaged for over-the-top comment by one of his podium guests, actor Jon Voight, whose warning that Israel faced "a new holocaust" from the Palestinians was criticised by the Anti-Defamation League.

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Meryl's maternal instincts

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2011

Meryl O'Rourke's one-woman show, Bad Mother, at the Edinburgh Fringe, which impressed our web reviewer, draws its edgy comedy from, among on other things, her mother's experiences in Nazi Germany.

Meryl says that the show has connected her more deeply to her Jewish roots.

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Rabbi's advice for rioters

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

A word of advice on how to deal with looters on the Letters page of Monday's Guardian, from the granddaughter of an Orthodox rabbi swept up in the 1960s riots on an estate in Rochester, NY. Martha Jean Baker writes: "Shortly after the riots, several of his neighbours came to him and said...

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Scary plot won't faze star

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

The production comes with a warning that it is not suitable for children, but the plot has not fazed the 11-year-old who is starring in a London adaptation of the Turn of the Screw.

Saul Friend, a pupil at University College School, can be seen at The King's Head Theatre in Islington as Miles in Benjamin Britten's operatic version of Henry James' ghost story.

He made his screen debut when he

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C4 seeking frugal Jews

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

If TV didn't have enough series on Jewish stereotypes for you, a researcher for RAW TV has contacted the JC to find subjects for a documentary about Britain's most frugal people. The researcher writes: "I have no budget for advertising, was wondering if you had a free events section?"

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A kosher twist on bacon

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

Many kosher and Jewish cookbooks land on the desk of the JC's food editor, but none more striking than Kosher Modern by Geila Hocherman and Arthur Boehm, which at first glance appears to have a dish of parma ham and roast figs on the cover. But chef Hocherman is the world expert at turning treif kosher. The parma ham is actually salt-cured duck breast.

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Cleaning up in NW London

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

Spotted in a North-West London window, this advert: "My name is Dominika, I am probably the best cleaner in London. I cleaning Jewish people, but I'm looking for more work…" I have heard of personal trainers and shoppers but this may be taking hands-on help a bit too far.

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