Last month, I sat down for Shabbat dinner with Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski of Golders Green Synagogue. We talked about many things. Our conversations ranged from politics to family to football to the legitimacy of eating locusts.
Studies by groups such as the Community Security Trust and the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism following last year's Gaza conflict highlighted the inescapable connection between media coverage of a war thousands of miles away and antisemitic incidents in Britain.
Another academic year begins, and yet another academic boycott of Israel is launched to great fanfare by a tiny but loud group of mostly obscure British university lecturers.
Their cause is generating enormous publicity and reaction, despite the fact that the launch of just about any other such boycott on a similar scale would fail to make headlines even in the local free newspaper.
Tavor rifles slung over their shoulders, groups of young IDF recruits wander through Tel Aviv’s Israel Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Centre. It is the day Israel marks the 20th anniversary of the former prime minister’s assassination, but — save for their weaponry and uniforms — these teenagers still resemble the pupils they so recently were, on a school visit.
Given the concerns that we hear today about antisemitism and anti-Zionism on university campuses, it is worth remembering that there was a time when Jewish student societies were banned outright in some students' unions.
"Where are you going to live out the end your life?" This isn't really a topic that many of us would like to discuss at dinner parties or social functions but it should be an issue that we are all thinking about.
When Tim Farron told the London Evening Standard that a number of Labour MPs who had been in touch with him were deeply distressed by the election of Jeremy Corbyn as their leader, the paper quickly jumped to the conclusion that he was anticipating defections.
Last week, I joined over 150 British artists and authors, including JK Rowling, Tom Holland and Simon Schama, in backing a new network promoting co-existence and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.