A warm and cosy furry story

By Peter Rosengard, November 28, 2011

Last Saturday morning, I was sitting on a bench in Central Park in NY. I looked up from my New York Times to see that a six-foot-tall, red, furry creature had sat down next to me. "Hi," it said. "I'm Elmo."

"Hi, Elmo." I said and carried on reading. Only in New York.


Why every little tweet helps

By Barry Frankfurt, November 28, 2011

While writing this, I was asked for money by Stephen Fry. Not for himself but for one of his pet charities. I get that a lot from Stephen, or should I say "@stephenfry", the Twitter feed of one of world's most prolific users of social media. No sooner had he written 140 characters than his nearly 3.5million "followers" received the charity's web address and priceless celebrity endorsement.


What next for Syria after Assad?

By Michael Weiss, November 24, 2011

Anyone who studies human rights abuses in modern dictatorships is susceptible to one of two ailments: atrocity fatigue or a disconcerting level of anger and resentment.


Football's foul play is a big problem

By Gerald Jacobs, November 24, 2011

It hardly needs stating in a Jewish newspaper that racism is one of the most odious aspects of so-called civilised society. And perhaps the saddest of racism's manifestations is that which occurs within sport - the activity devoted to harnessing human aggression to the concept of fair play.

Of course, racism in sport does not exist in isolation.


Eric Pickles praises Mitzvah Day

By Eric Pickles, November 21, 2011

On being awarded an MBE for services to the community in her adopted home of Leeds, that great Yorkshirewoman Marjorie Ziff said: "Leeds is a wonderful city. It has given us our bread-and-butter and you have to give something back."


We need a modern-day tithe

By Harvey Bratt, November 21, 2011

Britain is unquestionably a charitable nation. Three quarters of us give to charity every year, yet only seven per cent of us leave a legacy to charity in our wills. Compare that to the US and the figure is three times higher.


Get me to the shul on time

By David Robson, November 21, 2011

My grandfather used to leave shul at the same time every Shabbos. I have a feeling it was 11.30 but that does seem a little early. Maybe it was closer to midday. Regardless of what was going on - praying, preaching, singing - we walked out and headed for the café where my grandmother was waiting. Enough was enough. In the afternoon, I would often go to watch Leeds United with my uncle, his son.


It's Israel's latest farce - 'When Shalit met Pollard'

By Nathan Jeffay, November 17, 2011

A month ago today, Gilad Shalit walked free, and it has not taken long for his tragic story to become thoroughly exploited. Advocates for Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence in America for spying for Israel, are jumping on the Shalit bandwagon.

Pollard's wife Esther has long eyed the Shalit campaign with bitter envy, and now wants to swoop in and make her husband the new Shalit.


Artists shouldn't be passengers when it comes to the Holocaust

By Gerald Jacobs, November 14, 2011

In recent weeks, the JC has published three columns about Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger, which has just finished its run at the English National Opera. Each of the writers was exercised by the fact that Weinberg's opera is set in Auschwitz.


They call it body art but I find it tatty

By Gerald Jacobs, November 11, 2011

While, to the best of my knowledge, no Jew was involved in the rioting and looting that blighted our streets and our screens last month, it seems that police inquiries may have been directed at one or two Jewish households in connection with the destination of some looted items.