The Diary

Prince hires the sultan of spin

September 10, 2015

Following the scandals of the past year, the race to be the next president of Fifa is likely to be one brimming with dirty tricks and muckraking.

Enter PR chief Shimon Cohen - not as a contender - but working for a leading candidate.

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Shabbat with the stars

By Simon Rocker, September 3, 2015

Let us pray that the sun shines tonight, at least in Islington, where the local Chabad branch is organising an al-fresco Friday night dinner in one of its fashionable squares. Enterprising Rabbi Mendy Korer has even secured a council grant towards its "Shabbat Under the Stars". One past Friday night diner, local MP Jeremy Corbyn, is not expected for cocktails and challah this time.

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You say bagel, I say bygel

By Simon Rocker, September 3, 2015

Stephen Fry touched on some of the quirks of Yinglish this week in his Radio 4 Fry's English Delight, which was about bilingualism. "The Londoners are the only ones who say Shobbes or chollah and motzah," Yiddishist Barry Davis (below) explained.

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West Ham Israelites

By Simon Rocker, September 3, 2015

Chelsea winger Victor Moses has moved to West Ham on a one-year loan, joining a squad that includes defender Aaron Cresswell. They just need one more name to complete a biblical family trio — but I doubt they are going to sign anyone called Miriam.

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The Embassy gets its kicks

By Simon Rocker, September 3, 2015

Israel has celebrated a first soccer victory — in the Inter-Embassy World Cup. The London men’s team, after going down 9-3 to Colombia, revived its hopes with a 3-0 win over Canada. Now only Bolivia stands in the way of progress to the next round.

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Why David Cameron is ‘bovo’d’

By Simon Rocker, September 3, 2015

David Cameron is constantly advised “to bring out his inner semite” by his chum Lord Feldman, according to extracts in the Mail on Sunday from Antony Seldon’s new biography of the Prime Minister.

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Nothing fishy in Clinton email

By Simon Rocker, September 3, 2015

Among the thousands of emails written by American presidential contender Hillary Clinton, which were officially released this week, one attracted particular attention.

It was the one marked "Gefilte fish" with a message from the then Secretary of State asking "Where are we on this?"

Could she have been having some of her Jewish son-in-law's relatives round for Friday night dinner?

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Jeremy Corbyn's magic act

August 27, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn supporters were not disappointed when an entertainer at a fundraiser for the Labour leadership challenger withdrew late in the day last week.

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Cash for honours

August 27, 2015

Mitzvot do not come cheap over the Holy Days at the Hampstead Sephardi community. According to its list of desired donations, to carry a Sefer Torah on Rosh Hashanah will set you back £250, while to open the ark for the closing Neilah service on Yom Kippur, the asking price is £5,000.

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Goal NidreI fears for fans

By Simon Rocker, August 27, 2015

Arsenal and Spurs have been drawn to meet in the next round of the Capital One Cup. But Jewish supporters may have to give the game a miss.

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