Why the Y word is my word

By Gerald Jacobs, April 22, 2011

A couple of rows in front of where I am sitting, a large man has leapt to his feet. His entire body is quivering with rage. I expect him to lose his voice at any moment. On the surface, he seems an affable, suburban type, a family man with children whom he has quite possibly reprimanded for outbursts far milder than the poisonous invective currently issuing from his own mouth.


Is Israel ready for UN battle?

By Orlando Radice, April 22, 2011

Much has been written about what a certain UN General Assembly meeting in September this year could mean in the history of Israel. Put simply, the country is facing a diplomatic D-Day.

September is the month in which Palestinian leaders are likely to seek recognition for an independent state with the pre-1967 borders, if no progress is made in the peace process by then.


Even the matzah is different

By David Robson, April 21, 2011

We always had two Seders at home, the second rather shorter than the first. It was my parents, my brothers and me - a small affair.


It is not cycles that drive the Mid-East conflict

By Dan Kosky, April 21, 2011

The latest round of Gaza border violence is seemingly over, but it has given rise to a familiarly inadequate analysis of the situation.


Scared to death by dramatist

By Julia Pascal, April 15, 2011

Does theatre matter? Jewish/Arab director and actor Juliano Mer-Khamis was gunned down by masked gunmen in Jenin last week. He had prophesised on Israeli television that he would die this way. Mer-Khamis was born, as he put it: "One hundred per cent Jewish and one hundred per cent Arab".


Anglo-Jewry's special legacy

By Alison Fisch Katz, April 15, 2011

I recently attended two funerals; one in Jerusalem and the other in Zichron Ya'akov. Both of the deceased were members of my family who had died on the same day, and both were brought on the same El Al flight from Heathrow to Ben Gurion for burial in Israel by their next of kin.


The love that we make

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, April 15, 2011

I have had an almost rabbinical epiphany this week. I started rehearsals on a play by Alan Ayckbourn, aka the modern-day Chekhov. Like Chekhov, Ayckbourn understands the human condition in all its glorious frailty. He sees the flaws and hypocricies and ridiculousness that makes human relationships function or dysfunction.


When did a news report last change your mind?

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

As Shakespeare never wrote, what's in a tweet? Truth, analysis, reasoned argument? Or merely speculation and rushed judgment?


Let's all move to Bristol

By Simon Round, April 8, 2011

I imagine that there are plenty of JC readers out there getting ready to try for children right now. Well, perhaps you should wait until you have read this article before you start.

The general line in the Jewish community is you should go for it – either you will conceive which will be good for our future, or you won't be successful in which case you will still have fun trying.


A bookseller's last chapter?

By Andrew Franklin, April 8, 2011

This time of year, as we prepare for Passover, we think of Jerusalem more than ever. Imagine that you had been born in Jerusalem, lived there throughout your childhood with your family and left to study in America. You stayed on, got married and had a family before deciding to return to the city of your birth.