'Modesty' is eroding innocence

By Angela Epstein, July 30, 2012

The party was in full swing. In the hot, damp atmosphere steaming from pendulous hips and sweaty gyrations, clammy bodies were heaped on top of each other like a pile of freshly cooked blintzes.

And, all the while, the relentless throb of melodically challenged chart-toppers boomed over the speakers.

Would you be happy to let your child be a part of all this?


Why shun our Becks appeal?

By David Robson, July 29, 2012

This is the day to consider the 2012 Olympics and the Jewish question. And what is the Jewish question? That is: "how many Jews are there in the British Olympic team?" And the answer is "none". Not a single one. And don't imagine I haven't checked. I've been up and down the lists searching with a feather and a candle.


Turn this vile claim on its head

By Chas Newkey-Burden, July 27, 2012

As one who advocates formally and informally for Israel, I have heard the full gamut of misconceptions and slanders that are aired by those opposed to the Jewish state. Over time, my skin has thickened; people can throw whatever baloney they want my way.


A post-war baby’s guide to ignorance and antisemitism

By Maureen Lipman, July 27, 2012

My chap and I were in the car, discussing the Cologne court's ruling on circumcision. Germans were banning Muslim and Jewish religious practice, going back thousands of years. Someone on the radio defended it on the grounds that we ban female circumcision


If the prophets could see Israel now

By Laura Janner-Klausner, July 27, 2012

"Be consoled. Be consoled, my people". Between this Shabbat and the next, we wait for these calming words from Isaiah, which console us after weeks of pre-Tisha B'Av (ninth of Av) mourning and three Shabbats of being chided by our prophets. There is an inexorable process at work here: we have to hear this rebuke, we need to acknowledge pain before we can move to comfort and consolation.


Rules for the Shabbat Olympics

By Neil Abrahams, July 26, 2012

Today, in case you hadn't heard, the London Olympic Games will commence.

To celebrate, and in recognition of the proximity of some of our shuls to some of the events, wouldn't it be fitting if we were to hold an "Olympic Shabbat" this weekend?


My week of tweet nothings

By Cari Rosen, July 24, 2012

I wouldn't like to say that I'm totally addicted to the internet but, thinking back, I really should admit that there have been occasional times when I've been sitting right next to my husband in front of the telly and I've emailed him to ask whether he will be in for dinner the following night.


Fings ain't what they used to be around Olympic Village

By Ivor Davis, July 20, 2012

'Known for its cutting-edge bars, off-beat galleries and ethnic restaurants, East London is by far the city's trendiest area…" so trumpeted the New York Times in April.

Was this chic neighbourhood - now the site of the Olympic village - the one in which I spent the first 21 years of my life?


Mr Yaffe’s little shop of wonders

By Jenni Frazer, July 20, 2012

Jack Yaffe died last week, aged a staggering 103. He made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for being Britain's oldest shopkeeper, the owner of Yaffe's hardware store in Prestwich, north Manchester.


Israel: remove barriers to free debate

By Nicholas Saphir, July 19, 2012

When I look at the way my son and his generation are engaging with Israel, I sense a lot of new energy.

They are finding different ways to express their love of Israel and it is a new energy that excites me and gives me hope.