The Diary

Fog on the tyne over Iowa

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2012

Tyneside-based Metro Radio reporter Simon Conway has found himself having to fend off tweets all week about the Iowa Caucus. The former Nottingham J-Soc committee member has been confused with another Simon Conway on air, the British-born talk show host of Who Radio in Iowa (who started his career with the Jerusalem Post).

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A giant step for boteachkind?

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2012

The winter skies are thick with kites as various names are thrown up for successors to Lord Sacks as Chief Rabbi.

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An early case of equal pray

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2012

While religious demonstrators in Israel have taken to the streets to demand that women be kept in their place, here is a more enlightened view from the Middle Ages.

The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York has revealed that in its library is a copy of a 500-year-old siddur written by the Italian scribe Rabbi Abraham Ben Mordechai Farissol.

Traditionally, men offer a daily blessing for hav

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Antichrist on kosher offer

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2012

Asda has explained why a search for kosher food on its website prompted the response "antichrist".

A JC reader was shocked to discover the word offered when he searched whether the supermarket stocked products made by the well-known kosher food company Manischewitz.

The company said it was a glitch resulting from the website's use of pronunciation software.

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Summer comes early to Limmud

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2011

Compared to last year's snow and ice, the weather at Limmud was much more clement this year. New arrivals were greeted in the bar by a band of young Limmudniks playing a jazzy version of "Sunshine of Your Love"- the 1967 Cream classic.

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Doughnuts are greek to me

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2011

Chanucah is all about the gallant Jewish revolt against the "wicked Greek kingdom". But Israel Ambassador Daniel Taub hosted a discussion on the interaction between the two cultures with his Greek counterpart, Ambassador Aristidis Sandis. He highlighted one positive influence – doughnuts are based on a Greek recipe.

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Party like Abramovich

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2011

Millions have reportedly been spent on Roman Abramovich's Carribbean knees-up, including 300 guests on the island of St Barts, fireworks on the Chelsea owner's private estate, and a private performance by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

But the Jewish oligarch could have saved his cash and caught the Chillis for the price of a plane to Tel Aviv, where the band are playing next year as part of their

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The Salah calendar

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2011

No, it's not the Palestinian activist Raed Salah in a bikini.

Middle East Monitor is selling a 2012 calendar of hand-drawn images by Mr Salah, penned while he was in prison, awaiting his deportation hearing.

For just £6, it includes wobbly sketches of Jerusalem and square-winged birds.

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Limmud attempts to spin fail

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2011

The miracle of Chanucah did not quite make its way to Coventry. Limmudniks, organised by the Union of Jewish Students, attempted to break the world record for dreidel spinning, trying to get 1,000 tops to twirl together. Our Limmud correspondent joined the fray, even going so far as to practice his spinning in the Limmud canteen pre-world record attempt.

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The chicken soup masterchef

By Simon Rocker, December 22, 2011

Ash Mair, this year's winner of BBC's Professional Masterchef, may not be a Yiddishe boy, but he does work for Jewish-owned caterers.

David Wolanski, who runs The Recipe with his brother Simon, says Ash has cooked at "many high-end private Jewish functions including weddings, barmitzvahs and birthdays".

The company's takes on Jewish food include shots of chicken soup.

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