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Review

Can film unteach Hasbara?

A new documentary, screened at the UK Jewish Film Festival this week, considers whether exposure to video footage of the plight of Palestinians can change the hearts and minds of Israel’s fiercest advocates.

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Interview

An audience with Talia Lavin, American Nazi-hunter

Like a schlubby Jewish Virgil, the American journalist leads readers of her new book through the circles of white supremacist hell.

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Opinion

Why I stand with Jeremy Corbyn

The former Labour leader understands far better than his successor, who suspended him this week, that racism is born of a broken world, one we must utterly transform.

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Event

Where next for the Jewish left?

Vashti launched a year ago at a more innocent time. On the eve of her 1st birthday, she asks: where next for the Jewish left?

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Essay

The forgotten women’s rituals of Yom Kippur

Cemetery- and grave-measuring were part of the female clerical role in Ashkenazi Jewish life, and powerful tools of ancestral connection.

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Essay

Happy Yom Kippur!

Revisiting the Yom Kippur Ball.

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Interview

Vashti meets Pink Peacock, the world’s first queer Yiddish cafe

The founders of the Glasgow establishment, due to open later this year, share their vision of luxury for all.

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Report

“I don’t think he would have the boldness to stand up in shul and say that”

In private messages to his former congregants, a leading British rabbi sounds off on race, gender and sexuality.

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Report

Spain’s Jews gave Vox an easy ride. Now they’re regretting it.

Many Jewish organisations sat idly by while the far-right stoked Islamophobia. It was only a matter of time, however, before the party and its supporters came for them, too.

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Essay

How not to tackle antisemitism on the left

Zero tolerance plus zero discretion equals zero results.