Frum but fair about Facebook

By Orlando Radice, May 24, 2012

Did you hear the one about the gathering of 40,000 Charedim in New York to protest against the immorality of the internet? They heard about it online.


Kiddush can't keep our community alive

By Laura Marks, May 17, 2012

I was in Carluccio's in St John's Wood having breakfast, planning a fundraiser. It was for the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies but it might have been for any one of the plethora of Jewish organisations. The restaurant was full of women ready for the gym - dynamic, educated, powerful women.


Hitler didn't stop. Why will Sudan be a different story?

By Olivia Warham, May 17, 2012

Churchill described appeasement as feeding a crocodile, hoping it chooses to eat you last. If humans learned anything from the 20th century, it should have been that if you keep averting your eyes to genocide elsewhere, eventually you will have to fight to save your own neighbourhood, and you will do so at enormous cost.


We deserve more from Amnesty

By Alan Aziz, May 17, 2012

Once upon a time, the image of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) was positive. They were seen as groups that wanted to make the world a better place by working to cure disease and end poverty and hunger, or by taking on political battles against tyrannies and dictatorships. In many cases, this was, and still is, true.


We need a courtroom drama

By James Inverne, May 17, 2012

The circus is coming to town. And I don't mean circuses the way we know them now. No, I mean the bad old days when circuses included animals and oddly-shaped people and spectators would come to howl with derision and enjoy the torment of both freaks and beasts. That's what is headed to London's South Bank. It's called the Habima Theatre.


Shmoozing with Jews on a cruise

By David Robson, May 17, 2012

I am no stranger to the maariv service. For several years it was one of my three-a-day but the maariv I've enjoyed most was only a few days ago. I was on a cruise with the Silversea line, the epitome of luxury. I even had my own tailcoated butler. On this boat there is nothing where service isn't on tap. With only one exception.


The non-Jewish Jews who became the scholars of an ideological dreamworld

By Colin Shindler, May 10, 2012

During Jewish Book Week in February 1958, the great Marxist historian, Isaac Deutscher, gave a talk entitled "The Non-Jewish Jew". It was later published and became required reading for the student revolutionaries of the 1960s.


Why must I choose an identity?

By Sandy Rashty, May 10, 2012

'So where are you from," she asked. "London," I responded.


A modern face on an old hatred

By Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, May 10, 2012

There was a time when it was socially acceptable, even rewarding, to spread hateful invective about Jews being directly responsible for the deaths of infants in order to observe their archaic, bloodthirsty rituals.


Signed and sealed. But delivered?

By Cari Rosen, May 10, 2012

Call me paranoid, but I have become convinced that there is a game of stealth being played out between me and my local postmen. Witness the evidence:

I am waiting for a number of important parcels. I am too scared to leave the house because past experience has shown that they will arrive the second I desert my post.