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.


Charedi leaders must fight to save soul of their community

By Naftali Brawer, January 13, 2012

It is now several weeks since a Charedi man in Israel spat at an eight year old Orthodox girl because he deemed her dress immodest. In response to secular and mainstream criticism, a demonstration was held in Jerusalem where some Charedim wore yellow stars or mock concentration camp uniform, claiming they were being treated by secular Israelis as European Jews were by the Nazis.


L'Chaim! Time not to detox

By Simon Round, January 13, 2012

January is traditionally the month when the nation attempts to clear its collective hangover and contemplates abstaining from drink for a little while.

This year, the government has got involved. It has launched an alcohol awareness campaign and is now advising that we all abstain from drinking for at least two days a week.


Join us to lead the Jewish future

By Maurice Helfgott and Ruth Green, January 13, 2012

Britain is not a revolutionary nation and neither is its Jewish community. But we are part of an innovative, dynamic society and, over the past 20 years, we have enjoyed great progress in many aspects of British Jewish life and communal infrastructure.


Sex for family viewing

By Julie Burchill, January 12, 2012

The Jewish people generally have such a talent and a liking for sex, and yet, from the desert to the Pale, have had to follow so many rules and regulations about when and how they could have it. So it was inevitable that, when they finally got to create their own secular empire, they might get a bit carried away.


Easily offended? You really should be

By Jackie Mason, January 12, 2012

Why is antisemitism so popular and prevalent all over the world? Why does it continue, unchecked despite the horrors of 70 years ago? People who care about the fate of the Jews are always searching for subtle, indefinable reasons to explain the continuing intensity of anti-Jewish hostility and hatred.


Singer who gave voice to a state

By Norman Lebrecht, January 6, 2012

Mention her name to any Israeli man or woman over the age of 50 and watch the eyes mist over and a weird growling noise arise from the diaphragm. Yaffa Yarkoni, who died in Tel Aviv on New Year's Day at the age of 86, after a long decline from Alzheimer's, disease, was the nation's nearest equivalent to Vera Lynn.