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Jul 26, 2018, 2:29 PM
This is state interference at its most arrogant
Our Orthodox community is embroiled in a highly unpleasant dispute with the education authorities. The result could monumentally affect the future freedom of Jewish life in Britain. Owing to a newly-formulated interpretation of laws supposedly introduced to promote equalities and community cohesion, schools across the...
May 10, 2018, 2:51 PM
Barnet sent a message the UK needed to hear
The election results in Barnet were remarkable. From a position where the Conservatives had a majority of just one over the Labour opposition – amid predictions we would lose control of the council – we finished with a good majority of 13. Victory was entirely...
Apr 12, 2018, 7:02 PM
Only one direction for Jewish vote in local elections
London and the major counties face local government elections on 3 May. They are a crucial test of public feeling on the way the country is being run, as it is generally acknowledged that in local elections , rightly or wrongly, most people tend to...
Mar 5, 2018, 12:49 PM
Our schools must not teach forbidden relations
A serious campaign is being waged to preserve the integrity and freedom of Orthodox Jewish schools. It relates principally to the subjects of sex and relationships education (SRE) and the “protected characteristics” of same-sex unions (LGBT) and “gender assignment” (GA). Fortunately, the battle is not...
Dec 21, 2017, 12:05 PM
Time to end absurdity threatening our religion
Sometimes it seems our Western world has been turned on its head. Things previously unthinkable are permitted, encouraged and even mandated in today’s society. Same-gender marriage is the most striking example. Many would see this, by very definition, as a contradiction in terms. Leaving aside...
Oct 23, 2017, 1:15 PM
Objectors to the mosque are not hypocrites or hate-mongers
As a Councillor involved in planning, a number of people in our community have asked me what action they should take to oppose the application for an Islamic Centre on the Hippodrome site, Golders Green. Since Golders Green is not the area of Barnet I...
Aug 31, 2017, 11:58 AM
Rabbi Dweck reminds us of importance of repentance
I took detached yet close interest in the recent controversy that rocked the Sephardi community. Detached, since I’m not a member of that community. Close, because a vital issue of orthodoxy was at stake. As the teachings of the S&P’s Sephardi Community senior rabbi gathered coverage...
Jul 20, 2017, 1:22 PM
Why the Jewish state is nothing without Judaism
Israel is often referred to as a Jewish state. If that phrase is to mean anything positive, it must surely be more than a state where the majority of citizens happen to be Jewish. It should mean that the Jewish religion plays a major role...
Jun 12, 2017, 4:07 PM
Pray for the welfare of this government
The recent drama in British politics unfolded like a Purim story. No fiction writer could have devised a more amazing and unlikely set of events. A Prime Minister chose to call a General Election totally unexpectedly, looking as though she would achieve a landslide victory....
May 30, 2017, 5:55 PM
It’s time to field strictly-Orthodox Jewish candidates
I’m surprised by the criticism levelled against Jeremy Newmark and Mike Katz for standing as Labour candidates in Hendon and Finchley and Golders Green. I’m not among those critics. Within the laws of democratic procedure, everyone is entitled to stand for election where he wishes....
Brian Gordon is a Conservative councillor in Barnet