Eruv or not to eruv: who cares?

By David Aaronovitch, August 12, 2012

The other day, notices appeared in our area informing of a consultation concerning the erection of an eruv. As the notices went up, so too did the balloon. One hundred per cent of those questioned by Aaronopoll in a survey for this column, were not just opposed to the eruv, they were foaming at the mouth.


Prejudice made respectable

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 6, 2012

On the subject of the unassuming hairdresser from Oldham, Mohammed Sajid Khan and his diminutive but charming wife Shasta Khan much more remains to be said.

Mr and Mrs Khan hold the dubious record of being Britain's first married couple to be convicted of terrorist offences. At Manchester Crown Court she was given an eight-year sentence as a reward for having planned to blow up Jews.


What kind of 'support' is this?

By Melanie Phillips, August 5, 2012

Much anguish has been expended over Jews who detest Israel so virulently they are in the forefront of the delegitimisation campaign. Such people were devastatingly satirised by Howard Jacobson as "as a Jew" Jews, who parade their identity solely to demonise Israel.


Great leaders, but what legacy?

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 30, 2012

Apart from the fact that we both shared a Jewish identity I had one thing in common with the late Rabbi Yosef Elyashiv, whose funeral in Israel last week was reportedly attended by 250,000 people. Neither he nor I had ever studied at a yeshivah. In my case, this was more by design than by accident: my career took me into academia at the age of 18 and I have never been inclined to leave.


Islam must let bad ideas perish

By Oliver Kamm, July 23, 2012

In his memoirs, published last year, Ken Livingstone referred to "several commentators and minor intellectuals" who, he said, had become obsessed with Islam. These included Christopher Hitchens, Nick Cohen, Martin Bright and me.


The end of interfaith relations?

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 22, 2012

I told you so.


Self-interest that hurts the state

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 16, 2012

Everything that infuriates me about Israeli politics and society was encapsulated in two decisions taken in Jerusalem last week. The first concerns the status of Ariel University Centre in the West Bank. The second relates to the arrangements by which Israel's so-called "ultra Orthodox" citizens are able to avoid military service.


Stop this teachers’ brain drain

By Miriam Shaviv, July 15, 2012

Has Britain got Jewish educational talent? Yes - but it is slipping away and no one seems to care.

I reached this conclusion after interviewing Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, JCoSS headteacher, who is departing for a community school in Australia next month.


Time to listen to call for Munich silence

By Jonathan Freedland, July 5, 2012

It is hard to remember now, amid all the talk of expensive tickets, congested roads and corporate sponsors, but the Olympic Games was always meant to be about an ideal. Those behind the Olympic revival at the end of the 19th century did not merely want to create a new fixture on the international sporting calendar.


Brit milah and religious health

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 5, 2012

If it wasn't so serious, the decision of the district court in Cologne to brand circumcision a criminal act would be almost humorous.