BBC Panorama's recent program on the 1a>Jerusalem light rail starts off on the wrong foot1b>, with the following synopsis: "On the anniversary of last summer's brutal conflict in Gaza, film-maker Adam Wishart visits Jerusalem and rides the city's controversial new train".
Once in a while, I am invited to do a short interview about finance on the BBC4 Today programme or Radio 5. Obligingly, they send round the radio car (actually a large van with a mast) along with an engineer, and on the counter inside sits the Guardian. In fact, the BBC buys more copies of the Guardian than any other national newspaper.
The recent estimates that have seen the 1a>world's Jewish population return to near pre-Holocaust levels 1b> are fascinating. While the past 70 years have seen a remarkable recovery in numbers, the truth is that the real impact of the Holocaust is not just a numbers game. We have to protect faith communities within Europe.
I want to change the conversation we seem to be having about 1a>education in the Jewish community1b>. We need to start by recognising that the structures we have put in place are dysfunctional and generally insufficiently embedded in the home and total community experience.
Picture the scene: a young man stands in the middle of the running track of Berlin's Olympic Stadium. The imposing structure stretches up into the sky, adorned by banners, the crowd roars in unison. The young man's heartbeat quickens.
Four decades ago I read a snippet in a British newspaper which so impressed me that I cut it out and pasted it into my cherished notebook of thought-provoking quotes. It came from a Professor Andre Brousson, whose claim to distinction has unfortunately been obscured by the passage of time.