The Chief’s damaging lack of judgment

By Miriam Shaviv, October 22, 2015

This month should be a triumph for Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.His flagship event, Shabbat UK, is now established in our calendar and, this weekend, the community will unite in celebration.


History lessons needed

By Melanie Phillips, October 22, 2015

Years ago, I asked the editor of an Israeli newspaper why Israel never acknowledged that the wellspring of the Arab onslaught against it lay in Islamic extremism.

"We can't allow ourselves to see it that way," came his shocked reply. "We are surrounded by billions of Muslims. Such a thought would be too terrifying." It was far more comfortable, in his case, to blame Israel's policies instead.


Khan: a friend and boycotter

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 16, 2015

Seasoned addicts of this column will, I hope, agree that I've never used it to advocate voting for a particular political party or a political person. I myself have never belonged to any political party, and I regard myself as a detached academic observer, grown ever more cynical as one birthday has followed another.


Give us back a second day

By Miriam Shaviv, October 15, 2015

When night falls and Shabbat goes out, I feel a tinge of sadness. My 25-hour rest is over, and it's back to the grindstone.

Last week, as we made havdalah, my heart soared. Finally! We were entering a five-day work week. Since mid-August, what with the summer holidays, Bank Holiday and the High Holy Days, I've only had one full week of work.


Not-so-fabulous wealth

By David Aaronovitch, October 8, 2015

When I was a boy walking on Hampstead Heath I'd catch, as the old ladies went by, an accent you never hear now. I asked a parent what it was. The ladies were Viennese, I was told, and very refined. And there we left it.


Corbyn and the racist mob

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 8, 2015

At the end of July I devoted this column to the candidature of Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the Labour Party. I concluded thus: "Corbyn… has a problem with Jews… This fear - of imagined Jewish power - has haunted the Labour Party from the moment of its foundation. A Corbyn victory would at last bring this apparition into the open, where it desperately needs to be."


A high degree of foolishness

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 1, 2015

Over this coming weekend a conference will take place at the University of Exeter on the theme "Settler Colonialism in Palestine".


My regrets at being exiled

By Oliver Kamm, October 1, 2015

Politics has all changed, and at the same time not changed at all. Over the past few weeks, almost all JC regular columnists, including me, have had something to say about the implausible rise of Jeremy Corbyn to lead Britain's main opposition party.


Let's get behind moderates

By Daniel Finkelstein, September 24, 2015

I go to churches, I go to mosques, I go to synagogues. I find the power of faith very interesting." So said the new leader of the Labour Party. And of course he does. Of course Jeremy Corbyn believes in the power of faith, because, after all, he is a man of faith.


Not lies but damned statistics

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 24, 2015

Here's an anniversary no one appears to be celebrating: 50 years ago, the Board of Deputies established a "Statistical and Demographic Research Unit." You've never heard of it? That's hardly surprising, because it no longer exists.