How to halt moral collapse

By Robert Golbert, October 17, 2011

After the UK was rocked by rioting that left five dead, at least £200 million in property damage, and thousands of young people facing charges for violence and theft, the Prime Minister said Britain had suffered a "slow motion moral collapse".


Praying? Surely not in shul

By David Robson, October 17, 2011

There's a joke about getting a seat in shul on Yom Kippur. You may know it. A stranger approaches the man standing guard at the door: "Can I go in for a second. It's an emergency. I need to talk to my friend Mr Cohen."

"I'm sorry but you need a ticket," says the guard.

"Please, I'll only be a minute," says the stranger.


Hostile face of human rights

By Frances Raday, October 17, 2011

As an Israeli member of a UN Human Rights Council working group I have seen first-hand that much of the current international human-rights criticism of Israel suggests that the country is no longer a democracy.


Friendly criticism or this century's Protocols?

By Joseph Weissman, October 11, 2011

When US professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt published their essay on The Israel Lobby in 2006, they argued that a right-wing, pro-Israel lobby held sway over Washington, causing leaders and Presidents to make harmful, wrong decisions for the sake of a small state thousands of miles away.

To them, while "Israel's enemies are weakened or overthrown," it is the US which "does most of the


I would be mad not to do it all

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, October 7, 2011

I am currently on tour with the National Theatre in an exciting piece of writing by Mike Bartlett. The play, Earthquakes in London, is the sort that I wish I'd seen as a young teenager.

Its breakneck speed, dazzling set, modern language and audacious use of music and dance would have blown away my perceptions of what a theatrical experience could and should be.


Provocative but profound

By Norman Lebrecht, October 7, 2011

It is always a good sign when a new opera divides opinion straight down the middle. Opera is an inflammatory art, an assault on all the senses.


From antisemite to Zionist

By Kasim Hafeez, October 7, 2011

In 2003, Pakistan's then President Pervez Musharaff sought to re-examine his country's relationship, or lack thereof, with Israel. He asked: "Do we have to be more Palestinian than the Palestinians themselves?"

With their new "Liberation" campaign, it seems that the Union Of Jewish Students has decided to answer that question with a resounding "yes".


The damaging oil in your kosher food

By Rabbi Neil Amswych, October 6, 2011

The palm is popular with Jews during Succot. Yet enviromentally-damaging palm oil is used in one-in-10 household products, from food to cosmetics. It is particularly evident in kosher foods.

While a weak case could be made that palm oil production fulfils the mitzvah of not being wasteful by being an incredibly efficient producer of oil, it is environmentally catastrophic.


Schools with no library for people of the book?

By Keren David, October 6, 2011

Mazaltov to King David High School in Liverpool as it settles into its new £25m building. Last week in the JC, the head and governors were showing off glossy classrooms, dazzling whiteboards and many, many computer screens.

However one sentence made me choke on my breakfast and - assuming my family were to move to Liverpool – vow that no child of mine would ever attend King David.


A tawdry Holocaust opera

By Stephen Pollard, October 3, 2011

I have good news for James Inverne.

On this page last week, James highlighted the regularity with which arts events of specific interest to Jews are scheduled for days when no remotely observant Jew can attend.

The latest example is The Passenger, the much-hyped opera set in Auschwitz, which lay unperformed on stage from its composition by Mieczyslaw Weinberg in 1967 until last year.