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My Judaism was never the obstacle others wanted it to be

Prejudice persists and should be rooted out, but it does not help to ignore the progress that has been made

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I have never been an especially observant Jew. With the aid of some tuition in Hebrew I was barmitzvahed. When based in London, I attended Seder at various family homes in Hampstead. When relocated to Oxford, my attendances lapsed. Burial services at Bushey cemetery (or in my father Max’s case at Brighton) for the senior generation, and barmitzvahs for the junior generation were as close as I came to devotion.

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