Offensive, yes, but worth it

By John Nathan, May 18, 2011

Another season, another Shylock. This month the Royal Shakespeare Company once again revives Shakespeare's Jew play. Theatre companies tend not to do a great deal of soul searching about the offence that is guaranteed to be caused to Jews by staging The Merchant of Venice.


Ding Dong - it's that time again

By Simon Round, May 18, 2011

Do you know who won the FA Cup and the Eurovision Song Contest last year? Without Googling?

Before you whip out your laptops, let me tell you that the victors were, in no particular order, Lena from Germany with Satellite and Chelsea, who beat Portsmouth 1-0.


I'll keep the volume down

By Jessica Elgot, May 18, 2011

There's an old joke about our friends across the Atlantic that when they sunbathe in the south of France or sightsee in Rome, they don't need to learn the language - just shout a bit louder. If you keep raising your voice, you'll be understood perfectly.

We Brits might smirk when it comes to American tourists, but many of us praise the American way when it comes to Israel.


The one sure way to achieve immortality

By Julia Neuberger, May 12, 2011

Some years ago, a friend was havinga particularly rough time. He experienced bereavement, marriage breakdown, work problems, and a general feeling of pointlessness - more common than you might think. He asked me, in somewhat plaintive tones, whether what he had in life was really all that there was to it.


Enjoying Pesach at 30,000ft

By Venetia Thompson, May 6, 2011

Excuse me, madam? Excuse me?"

I opened my eyes to see a burly BA stewardess standing over me, her wrists buckling under the weight of two giant trays.

"Here are your special meals."


Will Summer follow Spring?

By Jim Murphy, May 6, 2011

Events in North Africa and the Middle East have proved again that real power can lie in the common causes that unite people and that the denial of freedom is unsustainable. Time removes power from dictators. However, in a region with shallow democratic roots and no coherent leadership to the revolution, it is still unclear where events will lead.


Why we should all celebrate

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, May 6, 2011

His name is Professor Id," the nurse said. "His office is at the end of the corridor." My wife and I found ourselves in Hadassa Hospital, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, where our daughter had just undergone surgery. We had some questions to put to the head of the department and asked for his details. "Professor Id" just didn't sound right.


Israel's blinker-wearing, self-righteous detractors

By David Pryce-Jones, May 5, 2011

Palestine is the most popular foreign cause of the moment. The world view is that small, Third-World nations are self-evidently victims of other powers, in this case Israel, the US, Britain, Hitler's Germany, even selfish Arab states.


Why this conference matters

By Lorna Fitzsimons, May 5, 2011

This conference represents a real chance to help our fellow citizens to understand the importance of Israel to Britain. Regardless of where we stand, we must at least agree on this: that the futures of Britain and Israel are inextricably bound together, by common interests, and shared values.


Even Israelis think I'm crazy

By Chas Newkey-Burden, April 29, 2011

The fact that I support Israel despite not being Jewish seems to prompt a certain amount of curiosity and even suspicion. Particularly as I am not a Christian Zionist, nor an Islamophobe. Rather, I love Israel because… I love Israel. It might not be a common position but as far as I am concerned it should be.