Secular education is the way to keep Jews Jewish

By Felix Posen, July 7, 2011

When the next Jewish population surveys are published in 2012, the results will make headlines. However, at least one important statistic should surprise no one. In study after study, more than 50 per cent of Jews self-define as non-religious or secular.


People power needs people

By Keith Kahn-Harris, July 4, 2011

Never has the term "people power" seemed more relevant than today. In the past few months, mass demonstrations in the Middle East and North Africa, together with sit-ins in Spain and Greece, have shown that mass protests can challenge apparently immovable power structures.


It's a Bob and Paul bonanza

By David Robson, July 4, 2011

Well, it's been like Christmas, or call it Chanucah if you prefer. Bob Dylan and Paul Simon playing in Britain in the same fortnight! Old Jews, both with their 70th birthday this year, the two greatest songwriters of the second half of the 20th century. About that there is no debate. Feel the quality, feel the width. In nearly five decades, nobody else has come close.


We should be free to debate

By Rebecca Steinfeld, July 4, 2011

There's an old Jewish joke: "Two Jews, three opinions." As Jews, we pride ourselves on our long history of debate. We dispute everything, from the merits of Carmelli's and Daniel's challah to the finer points of Jewish law. Virtually every page of the Talmud contains halakhic disagreement.


UCU's 'chilling' vote

By Eric Pickles, June 30, 2011

Even the most harmonious society is not immune to irrational hatreds. The Holocaust was designed in the home of Mozart, Goethe and Schiller. A nation's defence against prejudice is not its cultural achievements, but the attitudes and actions of its citizens.


It's time Anglo-Jewry threw away its corset

By Shmuley Boteach, June 30, 2011

Eleven years ago, I lived in the UK and, though I served primarily as rabbi to students at Oxford University, I gradually expanded the scope of my activities until I was well entrenched in mainstream Anglo-Jewish life.

Amid my affection and admiration for a community renowned for its high Jewish day school attendance, generous social welfare programmes and committed communal charities, I slowly


VIPs' misconceived detour

By Mordechai Beck, June 27, 2011

Israel's Foreign Office recently revealed that, since March of this year, foreign dignitaries have no longer been taken to Herzl's grave as part of their official visit. The reason cited was lack of time.


Mummy, please stop it!

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, June 27, 2011

Maison Oberman has resembled the X Factor HQ these past two weeks. I kid you not. Mr O works in the music industry and is not quiet about vocalising his opinions. On the occasions that X Factor has graced our screens, he can be heard passing damning judgement on the delusionals who take part.


Don't moan — include us in

By Lucy Tobin, June 27, 2011

Those who like to moan about generation Y's religious hiatus need only gaze around a synagogue of a Saturday morning. Amid the kippot hiding bald patches and the kids released from children's services to scout for kiddush crisps, there might be a sprinkling of youthful newlyweds or keen 20-somethings, but not many.


Netanyahu is becoming a latter-day Ceaucescu

By Adam Lebor, June 23, 2011

There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads to fortune", said Brutus to Julius Caesar. That tide is now smashing its way through the decrepit monarchies and ossified dictatorships of the Middle East. Tunisia's President ben-Ali has fled to Saudi Arabia. Hosni Mubarak, former strong-man of Egypt, is to go on trial in August, together with his two sons.