Jennifer Lipman's blog

Justin Bieber and Anne Frank: Why the fuss?

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2013

Dear Kitty (as Anne Frank never wrote),

"I'm soo sick of being stuck in hiding, because my dad keeps telling me to turn down the volume on my Justin Bieber CD. If only I could get out to go and see him on tour…"


Eighth plague hits Egypt

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2013

Here’s a mad pre-Pesach coincidence for you.

Reports are emerging of a plague of locusts descending on modern Egypt – a catastrophe that, as you most likely know, marked the eighth stage in the ten biblical plagues visited upon Egypt ahead of the Exodus.

Time magazine has the story:


Israel, the Nazis and yet another comparison

By Jennifer Lipman, January 30, 2013

Ah, those charming folk at the Muslim Public Affairs Committee.


150 years of the London Underground

By Jennifer Lipman, January 7, 2013

This week marks the sesquicentenary – or 150th birthday - of the tube.

Yes, even though it sometimes seems like the engineering of the Northern Line predates the battle of Hastings, or that bewildered travellers have been trying to circumnavigate the Circle Line since the time of Columbus, the tube is actually only 15 decades old.


Mazel Tov: a royal baby for Wills and Kate

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2012

The wait is over. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. According to St James's Palace: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby".


New York after the storm

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2012

I filled the My Week slot this week with a piece recalling my trip to Manhattan after the hurricane hit, and during election week. All told, an interesting time to be there.


Claire Danes and the boycotter's dilemma

By Jennifer Lipman, September 25, 2012

I'm 90 per cent of the way through the first series of Homeland, and I'm as hooked as everyone said I would be (nb: do not tell me what happens, I'll get there eventually). Its almighty awards grab at the Emmy awards on Sunday has confirmed it not only as the programme of choice for the masses, but the top pick of the critics too.


You can run but you can't hide

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2012

As I have written before, if there is one area involving women and Judaism that seems stuck in a ghastly status quo it is divorce, and the requirement for a man to grant his former wife a get to free her from the chains of a failed marriage.


Conspiracy theories, Mossad and the tragic Al-Hilli murder

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2012

Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory, right? Aliens in Roswell, the moon landing that never was, Elvis alive and living in the countryside; we all like to stretch our imagination beyond the realms of what is possible or plausible.

Invariably, one notion that tends to figure high on the list for the conspiracy theorists is the "it's the Jews wot dunnit" scenario.


Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world...

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2012

As conspiracy-theorists would have it, "the Jewish media" – the JC included – has eyes and ears everywhere. Apparently even in the Algarve, where, on holiday for a few days of sun, sea and sandcastles, I discovered a little reminder of home.

So there you have it: the JC, now in all good Albufeira bars too.


Did Mossad send a big-nosed bird to spy on Turkey?

By Jennifer Lipman, May 15, 2012

Could a Jewish Mossad agent have been masquerading as a bird to gather intel about Turkey?


Now we're 64: Ambassador Taub's children steal the show

By Jennifer Lipman, April 30, 2012

At the Israeli Embassy's Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration last week, Ambassador Daniel Taub's children wowed guests with their version of "When I'm 64".

The song, performed by Judah, Sophie, Reuven, Asher and Amichai Taub, had the audience clapping and cheering - and for good reason.

When we were younger, when Israel began, not so long ago


What Mel Gibson could learn from Lady Bracknell

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

So, does Mel Gibson really “hate Jews” quite as much as Joe Eszterhas claims he does?


Seth Cohen, still the same after all these Chismukkahs

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2012

If someone (me?) was ever to rank television's greatest Jewish characters, my vote might go Seth Cohen, the geeky, Jew-fro-sporting, wisecrack-making son of Kirsten and Sandy in the pop culture phenomenon that was The OC.


When George Clooney met a rabbi...

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

When we think of Hollywood, we think of bright lights, red carpets, emotional speeches and fast-talking agents. We think of sparkly dresses and glamour, of put-upon-screenwriters and waiters waiting for their big breaks. We don't really tend to think of rabbis.


Chicken fun, all day long

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

This is one for anyone in need of a distraction from work or study.

Rosh Pinah Primary School (incidentally, the institution where I started my academic life) have set up a wonderful site with a live feed to the class pet.

The Rosh Pinah ChickCam offers the chance to monitor these adorable fluffy fellows throughout the day. Enjoy.


Rick Santorum's Chanucah faux pas

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

A new kosher conundrum in the will they / won't they rollercoaster of the Republican presidential hopefuls. Did Rick Santorum really mean to send Jewish voters a card with a quote from the New Testament on?


Ken's kosher campaign?

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2012

Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone has, for whatever reason, decided that the best way to fill his campaign coffers is to give his mission some meat.

No, not substance of the political kind, but of the poultry variety. His site now boasts a "fundraising chicken". Something about Boris Johnson being too chicken to debate him.

How droll. But the real question is, is it kosher?


A Chanucah story - with a little help from Friends

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2011

The festival of lights is upon us and with that in mind, I feel it is time to share my "top Jewish moment of 2011".

I was at a party earlier this year, when the subject of Chanucah traditions came up in conversation with someone for whom, it's safe to assume, December 25 is a pretty awesome day.


The breadmap to Mideast peace?

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2011

For those who say there will never be peace in the Middle East, here's a "hole" lot of proof that coexistence is possible.

Reports the New York Daily News: