Brit milah: the phoney debate

By Jennifer Lipman, June 20, 2011

Since I am one of four female siblings, introducing me to Judaism through a ceremony carried out at the age of eight days was not something my parents had to consider.


Memo to San Francisco

By Rabbi Abraham Cooper, June 17, 2011

From Emporer Hadrian to Joseph Stalin, Jewish history is tragically littered with moves to ban circumcision - often part of attempts to crush the Jewish people.


Britain's line on Israel is a cover for its impotence

By Douglas Murray, June 16, 2011

"When you can, you should." That was Tony Blair's opinion on intervention, as boiled down for a journalist a few days before sending British forces into Iraq.

The world has no shortage of dictators and despots. The Blair formula was that when such human-rights violators looked vulnerable, and provided you had the military capability and political will, you should seize the opportunity.


Why David Cameron - and the community - got it so wrong

By Samuel Hayek, June 10, 2011

For the past fortnight, many people have asked why Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned as an honorary patron of JNF, none more so than Stephen Pollard, the editor of the JC, who described the decision in an article in The Times as the "equivalent of sticking two fingers up to the Jewish community of Britain".


Israel advocacy requires a firm grip on reality

By Robin Shepherd, June 10, 2011

There are few clichés about the work of the professional psychologist more widely quoted than this: In order to deal with a problem you first have to acknowledge its existence.

Following the REUT report late last year describing London as a global hub for the deligitimisation of Israel, the debate among the pro-Israel community about whether there really is a fundamental problem for the Jewish


Goofy was on the take so I hit him

By Peter Rosengard, June 6, 2011

Last weekend my friend Charles took his family to Disneyland Paris.

When Lily was four we'd taken her there and stayed in one of the hotels. Just as we'd checked in, Lily said hello to Minnie Mouse who just happened to be strolling by.

The next morning I saw a sign advertising an autograph session.

"Daddy! Please can you get me Goofy's?", Lily asked.


Stop picking on the Chasids

By Chas Newkey-Burden, June 6, 2011

The Chasidim might not be much interested in the mainstream media but that does not stop the mainstream media from being fascinated with the Chasidim. The BBC's Stamford Hill documentary Wonderland: A Hasidic Guide to Love, Marriage and Finding a Bride has ignited new, negative headlines about the community.


Love involves challenges too

By Daniel Reisel, June 6, 2011

I love Israel with all my heart and soul. My family's connection to Israel goes back to my great-grandfather's grandfather Mordechai Zvi, who, together with his wife Rachel, travelled from the depths of the diaspora to Ottoman Palestine. Rachel and Mordechai Zvi were part of the first aliyah of the 1880s and among the founders of Rishon LeZion.


Don't let antisemitism take over our narrative

By Jonathan Wittenberg, June 2, 2011

Every person and every community, whether or not they want to, tells the story of itself. How we tell it both describes and defines our values, exemplifies and determines who we are morally and spiritually.

Judaism has always taken seriously the way we tell our story. That's why, even in this assimilated age, Seder night, the night of the story, remains Judaism's best kept ritual.


Farhud: a slaughter in Iraq

By Lyn Julius, May 31, 2011

There was a frenzied banging on the front door. When my mother answered it, she recognised her aunt's Jewish cook, ashen-faced, pleading to be let in: "I was on a bus, and the Muslims were pulling the Jewish passengers out and killing them. I said I was a Christian." A month earlier, pro-Nazi officers led by Rashid Ali al-Ghailani, had staged a successful coup in Iraq.