Stories out of broken glass

By Janet R Kirchheimer, November 11, 2011

This week marked the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht and the first I spent without my father.

Kristallnacht is referred to as the "night of broken glass". But it was much more than that. November 9 and 10 1938 was the beginning of the end of most of European Jewry.


One day to change the world

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, November 11, 2011

We Jews need to get the message across that we want to make the world a better place, not just for ourselves but for everyone. Luckily, the wonderful Mitzvah Day is coming round again as the perfect opportunity to do just that. The brother of a non-Jewish friend of my daughter was talking about it today as if it was part of the national calendar.


Grade F for admissions

By Keren David, November 11, 2011

So, your child is transferring to secondary school? You've filled in your form, debated Jewish versus non-Jewish, private or state? The all-important first-place choice is made.


They just don't get it - tolerance of Jew-hate set to live on

By Adam Levick, November 10, 2011

One of the most prevalent axioms advanced by anti-Zionists is that Jews attempt to stifle criticism of Israel by accusing their opponents of antisemitism.


New lyrics to the old tunes of antisemitism

By Denis MacShane, November 10, 2011

At Oxford University, a member of the Conservative Association sings a charming ditty to the tune of Jingle Bells: "Dashing through the Third Reich… In a black Mercedes Benz… Killing all the kikes…"


A way to break the deadlock

By Simon Rocker, November 4, 2011

The Big Tent for Israel conference, which takes place in Manchester at the end of the month, has been making news for all the wrong reasons.


Pitching a tent for change

By Simon Round, November 4, 2011

You may have noticed that there has been a lot of protesting going on this year. Some of it is admirable (for example, the demos against Middle Eastern tyrannies), some of it less so (August's protests against the fact that you actually have to pay for trainers).


Culture war, enter stage left

By James Inverne, November 3, 2011

War has been declared and theatres, concert halls and anywhere that the arts flourish are the new battlegrounds. No longer above the political fray, culture is an increasingly active front line.


Ken thinks he was never wrong. I beg to differ

By Martin Bright, November 3, 2011

I was delighted to discover last week that Ken Livingstone had described me in his memoirs as a "minor intellectual". We have crossed swords several times, particularly over his attitude to Islamic extremism.


A return to my McRoots

By Peter Rosengard, October 31, 2011

I spent last weekend in Glasgow. This came as a slight surprise to me as I was meant to be in the Highlands. I'd taken the midnight sleeper from Euston. But at the other end, after being driven down rain-washed, dark, granite-faced streets for five minutes, I said: "Wait a minute. Where's the heather? The mountains? The lochs?"