Still tormented by the past

By Melanie Phillips, June 18, 2015

I recently read two gripping books that had more in common than might at first be thought. Indeed, one might detect an alarming continuum.


Charedi ghetto's flimsy walls

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 11, 2015

On May 19, the Charedi website "Behadrey Haredim" carried a report to the effect that rabbinical and other authorities of the Belz Chasidim in London had the previous day given written instructions, in Hebrew, that - unless exempted by a "special committee" - females of the Belz species were forbidden to drive motor vehicles, and that, if any Belz mother was found after Rosh Chodesh Ell


Who watches the rabbis?

By Miriam Shaviv, June 11, 2015

Is there something particularly twisted about American rabbis? Over the past few months, American Jewry has been left reeling by a string of disgusting scandals involving its best-known modern Orthodox leaders.


Shame of the Judeophobes

By David Aaronovitch, June 4, 2015

What with one thing and another, I followed the spring furore over the "Israel" symposium at Southampton University only rather loosely. It was obvious to me from surveying those invited to speak - including the ridiculous conspiracy theorist, Richard Falk - that this event was not a scholarly attempt to explore "International Law and the State of Israel".


Is Cameron really a best friend?

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 4, 2015

Even before the Conservative election victory had been confirmed, Israeli government spokespersons were welcoming the likelihood of David Cameron retaining the keys to 10 Downing Street. Mr Netanyahu had apparently already congratulated Cameron on his "impressive victory".


Cooking up a religious storm

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 28, 2015

Asher was the eighth son of Jacob and the progenitor of one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Some 22 years ago Colin McArthur and his wife, Karen, in setting up a bakery in Newtownabbey, outside Belfast, decided to name it after this biblical personage.


Genocide at Srebrenica: We must unmask the new deniers

By Oliver Kamm, May 28, 2015

Imagine entering "Auschwitz" into an online search engine and finding on the first page of results a site claiming that the gas chambers were a myth. Imagine the confusion of a schoolchild doing a history project if they were to do the same.


Time is not on the Board's side

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 22, 2015

The recent contest for the presidency of the Board of Deputies struck me as one of the most civilised and enlightened in the Board's history. The hustings were well conducted and threw up some fundamental issues that affect the Board itself as well as the wider and pressing concerns of British Jewry. Chief among these was the problem of communal leadership.


Labour's Israel question

By Daniel Finkelstein, May 21, 2015

Leaving a Minister's office in March, I was taken down in the lift by one of the messengers. We had met many times over the past five years and with the election coming up, I said to him: "Well, this might be the last time you take me downstairs like this. In a month, you may have a new government and a different minister."

He looked at me, shook his head slowly and said: "Naah".


An Orthodox crisis of legitimacy

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 14, 2015

On March 20, I devoted this column to a consideration of shifting allegiances within the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, and the effect these might have on other Orthodox groupings, such as the United Synagogue, the Federation of Synagogues, and the Union itself beyond its Stamford Hill redoubt.