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Jews are afraid, but there are reasons to be cheerful

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Over the past few weeks, I have lost count of the number of people who have told me how despondent they feel about their future as Jews in this country.

They feel besieged and frightened by the unprecedented levels of antisemitism reported by the Community Security Trust (CST).

Those fears have undoubtedly been amplified by social media. I have also felt moments of despondency until I found a perspective offered by the late Lord Sacks.

In one chapter of his outstanding book, Judaism’s Life-Changing Ideas, Sacks relays the story of the first spies Moses sent into Canaan. Ten came back with a demoralising report, leading people to wish they had died in Egypt. How could the spies come back from this bountiful land and only focus on the negative?

So terrified were they of the Canaanites they entirely failed to realise it was the Canaanites who were........

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