Jewish identity

Mick Davis

December 27, 2012

To propagate with pride values rooted in our ancient history, and breathe life into them through deeds vested in the system of social justice we brought to this world. To relive but overcome the fears of our traumatised past, learn from the writings of our sages and teach my children the derech (path) of a Jew.

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Lord Weidenfeld

December 27, 2012

For me, the attachment to the Jewish people and the state of Israel reflects the feeling of belonging to a family, a tribal feeling of unerring loyalty. My lifelong Zionist activity and the privilege of having served Israel’s first president underscore my commitment to the Jewish state and its prosperity, security and survival.

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Robert Peston

December 27, 2012

Grandma’s chopped liver, Mum’s kneidlach, ageing relatives smoking and playing kalooki, being humiliated as a teenager by being forced to wear hideous velvet jackets and flares at weddings, a love of books, learning, justice and the Arsenal.

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Evgeny Kissin

December 27, 2012

My answer to this question is clear and simple, although I know that Orthodox Judaism has a different definition: for me being Jewish means considering oneself Jewish, identifying oneself with the Jewish people.

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Lynne Franks

December 27, 2012

Potato Latkes, chopped liver, smoked salmon, bagels, shmaltz herring, pickled cucumbers, grandmother always in the kitchen cooking delicious Jewish banquets, strident voices, big hugs, Friday-night dinners, warm personalities, smart minds, generous hearts, liberalism, great wit, neuroses, strong community, tribal loyalty, family love, klezmer music, outrageous humour, intellectual curiosity, Paul

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Daniel Taub

December 27, 2012

To add two lines to the great Jewish song: one acknowledging the gift of my forebears, looking back at the long journey travelled; and one returning home to Israel after 2000 years, inviting a response from those yet to come.

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Lord Young

December 27, 2012

My conventional upbringing kept me well within the community until I went into public life. Being outside, looking in, made me realise the tremendous contribution the Jewish community has made to the United Kingdom in the arts, science, medicine, business, philanthropy, law and government and that fills me with quiet pride.

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Baroness Neuberger

December 27, 2012

Being part of a community that believes in tikkun olam. Rejoicing in family and community, serving God and humanity, celebrating good things without embarrassment, and comforting the unhappy, for loss is part of life. And pride — in our history, our destiny, our values.

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Ed Miliband

December 27, 2012

My relationship with my Jewishness is complex but the duty I feel to remember, understand and discuss my family history grows over time. Although my wife, Justine, is not Jewish, when we got married, we broke a glass. My parents were not religious, but they brought me up with the sense that the world could be a better, fairer and different place.

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