Geoffrey Alderman

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Geoffrey Alderman
Registered: 1 April 2008

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Face up to an unhealthy truth

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 25, 2015

Later this year, the European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapists (EABCT) will hold its annual conference in Jerusalem - or, as the official conference website put it, "Jerusalem, Israel." There's nothing out of the ordinary about this arrangement.

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Betrayed by a Supreme error

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 18, 2015

Last week the US Supreme Court ruled a law passed by Congress 13 years ago was unconstitutional. This enactment sought to give US parents of children born in Jerusalem the right to obtain for their offspring passports indicating the children had been born in Israel. But on June 8, the Justices of the Supreme Court "struck down" this law.

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Charedi ghetto's flimsy walls

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 11, 2015

On May 19, the Charedi website "Behadrey Haredim" carried a report to the effect that rabbinical and other authorities of the Belz Chasidim in London had the previous day given written instructions, in Hebrew, that - unless exempted by a "special committee" - females of the Belz species were forbidden to drive motor vehicles, and that, if any Belz mother was found after Rosh Chodesh Ell

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Is Cameron really a best friend?

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 4, 2015

Even before the Conservative election victory had been confirmed, Israeli government spokespersons were welcoming the likelihood of David Cameron retaining the keys to 10 Downing Street. Mr Netanyahu had apparently already congratulated Cameron on his "impressive victory".

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Cooking up a religious storm

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 28, 2015

Asher was the eighth son of Jacob and the progenitor of one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Some 22 years ago Colin McArthur and his wife, Karen, in setting up a bakery in Newtownabbey, outside Belfast, decided to name it after this biblical personage.

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Time is not on the Board's side

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 22, 2015

The recent contest for the presidency of the Board of Deputies struck me as one of the most civilised and enlightened in the Board's history. The hustings were well conducted and threw up some fundamental issues that affect the Board itself as well as the wider and pressing concerns of British Jewry. Chief among these was the problem of communal leadership.

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An Orthodox crisis of legitimacy

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 14, 2015

On March 20, I devoted this column to a consideration of shifting allegiances within the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, and the effect these might have on other Orthodox groupings, such as the United Synagogue, the Federation of Synagogues, and the Union itself beyond its Stamford Hill redoubt.

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Finally, our vote's come of age

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 7, 2015

By the time you read this, the General Election will be over, bar the shouting, of which there will be more than usual. While we wait for that to begin, let me draw your attention to one of the most remarkable features of the election - remarkable because the media has taken it for granted: the Jewish Vote has come of age.

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Too cross with making a cross

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 3, 2015

Weary of the current political mud-slinging and descent into personal invective, I have been searching for some light electoral relief - and I may have found it.

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The obscenity of extravagance

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 23, 2015

First, the bad news. I have to tell you that the quote of £55,000 obtained by the JC for a slap-up kosher wedding amounts to a considerable underestimate of the probable true cost.

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It’s no surprise we’re voting Tory

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 18, 2015

No one who has traced, however crudely, the developing political sociology of British Jewry over the past quarter-century should be the least bit surprised at the findings of the Survation poll of Anglo-Jewish voting intentions, commissioned by the JC and published last week.

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My word, is it a turning point?

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 17, 2015

I confess to being a pessimist. Optimists believe that everything is for the best. Often this is far from the case, so optimists are sad people. We pessimists believe that things have a habit of turning out for the worst. Often they don't, which makes us very happy.

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An own goal in Southampton

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 8, 2015

As a research-orientated academic I receive many invitations to present conference papers.

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Racists seeking to destroy Israel

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 2, 2015

Under what circumstances should criticism of the state of Israel be deemed "illegitimate?" The now-cancelled Southampton University conference, "International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism", brought this subject into focus.

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University's lesson in bigotry

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 26, 2015

What are we to make of recent events at the School of Oriental & African Studies, where a ballot of students and staff appears to have resulted in a 73 per cent majority in favour of "a full academic boycott of Israel?" The ballot was organised by the SOAS students' union, with the support of two campus trade-union branches known for their anti-Zionism, the University & College Union and Unison.

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