'Respectable' revisionists

By Oliver Kamm, December 11, 2014

The Holocaust is slipping beyond memory. Antisemites who deny the greatest crime of the age are preparing for when the victims are no longer around to answer them. Holocaust deniers call themselves "historical revisionists", as if their work had anything to do with scholarship. Their cause was notoriously adopted by President Ahmadinejad of Iran.


Women reading from the Torah: a dangerous truth

By Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, December 11, 2014

There has been recent excitement regarding the possibility of women reading from the Torah in Orthodoxy. There are self-defining Orthodox communities in Israel, America and even here walking along new paths. A rabbi of the United Synagogue has been identified as being supportive of the idea.


How an enemy can offer a green light to peace

By Stephen Applebaum, December 11, 2014

Any hope that Israelis and Palestinians will ever be able to live in peace feels precariously close to being snuffed out by the current wave of violence in Jerusalem. But before everyone gives up in despair, a compelling new documentary, The Green Prince, shows that sworn enemies from opposite sides of the conflict can not only become allies, but close friends.


How the JC invented the selfie (well sort of)

By Simon Round, December 11, 2014

There are many reasons why you might be reading the JC today.


The Jewishness of Bloch's genius

By Raphael Wallfisch, December 11, 2014

Whether a composer desires it (like Joseph Achron) or not (like Mendelssohn), once a composer is labelled "a Jewish composer" it tends to stick. And here's the funny thing. The Swiss composer Ernest Bloch- perhaps the most labelled Jewish composer of them all - both fits into that category and he doesn't.

He produced work after work that was linked to his Jewishness.


I love Israel but it is heading for disaster

By Mark Berg, December 11, 2014

The winds of change are a-coming. I can feel them already and I think I'm a pretty good weather-vane. I've grown up steeped in Zionism and a love of Israel. I've studied Zionism as part of an M.Phil at Oxford University, I've worked within the community for the betterment of Israel's public image both at BIPAC and then at BICOM. I don't think anyone would challenge my pro-Israel credentials.


From fighting Nazis to a doomed love affair, there is nothing more evocative than a second-hand story

By Josh Spero, December 11, 2014

The second-hand bookshop in Edgware where I used to spend my weekends was just around the corner from the salt-beef bar.


Is England losing its Jewishness?

By Matthew Engel, December 4, 2014

For a long time, much of my writing involved cricket, and so I was a regular at Edgbaston, the cricket ground in Birmingham. During the lunch interval there, I had a ritual: slipping out of the press box and strolling across the park to indulge a private vice.


Here's the moose perfect Jewish joke

By Rachel Mars, December 4, 2014

This year's inaugural UK Jewish Comedy Festival at JW3 has prompted a lot of people asking 'what is Jewish comedy? As a co-producer of the festival I've tried to work out what would be different about this festival to any other comedy week. Did we operate via the Virgil Thomson model? Thomson, a US composer, remarked: " The way to write American music is simple.


Is The Hunger Games Inadvertently Mocking Israel?

By James Inverne, December 4, 2014

When all about you is doom and gloom, go to the cinema. When you want an escape from the depressing daily fare of anti-Israel propaganda all around, head for the popcorn stand and the blockbuster.