Are you still a Pesach slave?

By Gita Conn, March 25, 2011

We may have only just enjoyed Purim but the tyranny that is Pesach already looms over the minds, muscles - and budgets - of observant women. As it is written in Exodus, "there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel."


It's bleak in the halfway house

By Monica Porter, March 25, 2011

I was in my early 20s when I found out that I was half-Jewish. Until then, as far as I was aware, I was merely a lapsed Catholic who, by the age of 10, had had enough of the confession-and-communion game and heartily embraced the secular life (my Catholic mother didn't seem to mind). Then in adulthood came the stunning discovery of my Jewish blood.


The lazy thinking that threatens Europe's Jews

By Richard Zimler, March 24, 2011

Like most Jews, I've occasionally experienced antisemitism - from the mildly irritating to the infuriating. Of late, however, I've been feeling much more alarmed about a possible flare up of anti-Jewish sentiment around Europe.


Bye bye to the NHS?

By Norman Niven, March 24, 2011

If ever there were a defining moment for the NHS this is it.


Why I am a guilty Gooner

By Chas Newkey-Burden, March 18, 2011

It used to be easy being an Arsenal fan. We won trophies, played slick football and were regulars in the latter stages of the Champions League.

Meanwhile, our local rivals Tottenham Hotspur won corners and free-kicks, played mediocre football and were more likely to be relegated to the Championship than elevated to the Champions League.


My record-breaking noise fest

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, March 18, 2011

This week I had a very strange experience. I found myself backstage in the performers' Green Room of the Royal Albert Hall alongside 90 other celebrities, actors, stand-up comics, presenters, journalists and musicians - what seemed like every household name in the country. We were all clutching a musical instrument, about to go on stage in front of a capacity crowd; 3,910 to be exact.


Paper-wrapped extremism

By Michael Weiss, March 17, 2011

What does it take for an extremist organisation to be benignly portrayed in the professedly progressive Guardian newspaper? Possibly not very much. It certainly won't hinder you to be Islamist in orientation and antisemitic in content.


The red (flag) and black (face) shame of Eilat

By Adam Lebor, March 17, 2011

Watch out -there's an African refugee about!


What does Ed stand for?

By Nick Cohen, March 14, 2011

In Ed Miliband, the Labour Party has its first leader from a Jewish background. "Background" is the word to remember because, as with Benjamin Disraeli, Ed Miliband's father renounced his faith. Isaac Disraeli joined the Church of England and allowed his children to flourish in the sectarian English establishment of the day.


Israel – a progressive cause

By Robert Philpot, March 11, 2011

At the time of the founding of the state of Israel, David Ben Gurion said it was not enough for the Jewish state to be simply Jewish - it had to be fully democratic, offering full citizenship to all its peoples. It was a remarkable statement made at the very moment when Israel faced the first of the wars of survival which have periodically threatened its very existence.