Jewish life

Ed Koch’s real legacy is a flourishing New York

By Dan Friedman, February 7, 2013

Ed Koch, the larger-than-life, three-term Democratic mayor of New York City passed away early in the morning of Friday, February 1.

Although 88 and long retired from representative politics, he was an active pundit until the last, using his visibility as a platform for television appearances, political endorsements and, latterly, online film reviews at “Mayor at the Movies.”

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How the eruv liberated families on Shabbat

By Simon Rocker, February 7, 2013

Every morning when I walk to the station on the way to work, I pass a tall green pole outside a pub. It is linked from the top to a second pole on the opposite side of the road by a slender, almost invisible wire. It looks like the training apparatus for a lightweight tightrope walker. You probably wouldn’t notice it from the surrounding lampposts if you didn’t know why it was there.

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Manchester cemetery puts case to inquiry

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2013

Manchester City Council has admitted using inaccurate information in rejecting a planning application for a development on Jewish cemetery land which would bring in desperately needed funding.

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Flash-dance for Langdon

By Zoe Winograd, January 29, 2013

Want to join a flashmob to publicise a charity helping young adults with mild-to-moderate learning difficulties?

To launch Love Langdon Week, running from February 10-17, Langdon residents and supporters will be dancing en masse in an indoor London location.

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Etherton heads Chancery division

By Simon Rocker, January 25, 2013

Lord Justice Etherton has been appointed the Chancellor of the High Court, a position which makes him head of its Chancery division.

A High Court judge since 2001, he is a former head of the Law Commission and was made an Appeal Court judge five years ago.

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Barack Obama understands Jack Lew's religious identity

By Dan Friedman, January 24, 2013

When evening draws near on a Friday night, President Barack Obama makes sure that his Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, knows it is time for him to get home for Shabbat.

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Jewish burial for Michael Winner

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2013

Food writer and film director Michael Winner has been buried at a Jewish cemetery.

The 77-year-old, who died on Monday after being diagnosed with liver disease last summer, was buried at Willesden Jewish Cemetery.

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Newcomers who built Britain’s future

By Derek Taylor, January 22, 2013

Not long ago I was talking to a social worker from Manchester. She was complaining that in her city there were families with three generations who were unemployed; grandfather, father and son. I said that wasn’t really a problem; the youngster should go where there was work and when he’d made enough money, send back for his father and grandfather.

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M&S finds new market at site of founder's stall

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 21, 2013

Marks & Spencer is going back to its Jewish roots with a heritage market stall and coffee shop in Leeds, where M&S founder Michael Marks began trading.

These will open in March at Kirkgate Market, where Mr Marks had his penny bazaar stall from 1884. In 1894, he entered into partnership with Tom Spencer and the brand was born.

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A study in family and freedom

By David Robson, January 18, 2013

He died aged 93. A big, handsome, positive-minded man, his last years brought ill health. His memory failed and speaking became difficult. But on Friday night just before his death, there was one thing that animated him — kiddush. He joined in and was word-perfect. Last Pesach, when he hardly had the ability to ask, let alone understand the answer, he still knew Ma nishtana.

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