I'm gay, but I want a Jewish life

By Gemma Hersh, January 27, 2012

I swore I'd never tell anyone. Least of all my parents. The embarrassment. The awkwardness. The shame. I wondered if people would simply stop talking to me.

Five years on, my world hasn't come crashing down. My parents haven't disowned me. I haven't lost any friends. I'm one of the lucky ones.


Ignorantly disgraceful use of 'apartheid'

By Raymond Wacks, January 26, 2012

I am driving along a well-remembered highway in Randburg. It is 2005 - the last time I visited South Africa (where I was born and, as they say, bred). Randburg is an anonymous conurbation on the outskirts of Johannesburg. As a student, I had a holiday job here as a cashier in a supermarket.


Ethical choices during desperate times

By Kristen Monroe, January 23, 2012

We all have memories of events so important that we can identify exactly where we were when they happened, who was with us, what we wore, or where we sat. I remember the day my father told me about the Holocaust. We were in the car - a blue Chevrolet with plastic seat covers that cracked in the cold - driving to my weekly piano lesson.


Historical understanding is essential

By Rabbi Dr Jeffrey Cohen, January 23, 2012

Last month, the House of Commons All-Party Group on History issued an alarming report showing that the subject was being increasingly neglected in comprehensive schools. In one Merseyside district, only four out of 2,000 18-year-olds passed the subject at A-level.


In the shadow of Wannsee

By Shimon Samuels, January 20, 2012

The Holocaust is the most documented of genocides, yet the most covered up by its perpetrators and denied and distorted by its contemporary detractors.


Rise above the internet parapet

By Marcus Dysch, January 20, 2012

My name is Marcus, and I'm a Twitter addict. I've been using the site for two-and-a-half years and, last week, sent my 18,000th tweet.


Don't tour with your eyes shut

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, January 20, 2012

There is a wonderful talmudic story that goes something like this: a father and son go for a walk, get lost and find themselves in a terrible area where the sick and dying and impoverished languish on the streets.


Why not Chief Rabbi Boteach?

By Louise Mensch, January 19, 2012

Let's start with the obvious. It is not for a gentile to "endorse" any candidate for the position of chief rabbi. Nor did I, in my letter to the JC which, last week, inspired a leader and an article. What I said was that I welcomed the possible addition of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to the list of candidates the community may consider for the post.


You failed as David's keeper, Ed. Here's what Cain did next

By Norman Lebrecht, January 19, 2012

It's difficult to feel sorry for Ed Milliband. Even Labour diehards cannot suppress a smirk as over-eager Ed slips on his own banana skins. When he rings Diane Abbott on live TV to berate her for a Twitter error, the smirk turns to a smile.


Church's apathy on antisemitism

By Nick Howard, January 16, 2012

In the past fortnight the police and the FA have convinced many that they are facing up to racism with the seriousness it deserves. Yet at the same time the Church of England has given the opposite impression.