Tradition, shabbat and taxis

By Venetia Thompson, July 18, 2011

'So you're walking home from the rehearsal dinner? Along these winding, pitch black Sardinian roads?'

'Yeah. It's Shabbat.'

'But what happens if you don't walk home and take a cab? Do you get punished? Can you commandeer a horse?'

'It's tradition to walk.'

'But there's no punishment if you don't?'

My boyfriend was asking awkward questions again.


Have I got Jooz for you, blud

By Dan Pront, July 18, 2011

The trend among students at inner London schools to speak London Patois - an evolutionary type of slang with a Jamaican twist - is spreading north west.

More precisely, it has infiltrated the young Jewish community.


Silence is golden for Beth Din

By Jenni Frazer, July 14, 2011

The curious case of the taxi-driver and the re-assigned debt to the London Beth Din raises all kinds of interesting questions about the nature of religious divorce in Britain.


Should we have reserved House of Lords seats?

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Reform of the House of Lords is back on the political agenda, and not before time.


We do do football... Jewishly

By Anthony Clavane, July 11, 2011

Jews don't do football. We are people of the book not people of the penalty shoot-out. And yet we are approaching the 20th anniversary of the most popular club competition in world football. And without the Jews, there would have been no Premier League.


It's a hole new world

By Peter Rosengard, July 11, 2011

Moses the moth man called me back on Tuesday afternoon. "Mr Rosengard, I've just surveyed your flat and you've got moths."

"I know I've got moths, Moses. that's why I called you on Friday."

"Well they're in your cupboard with the clothes and I can tell you now Mr Rosengard that very soon they're going start eating your carpet."

"My carpet? How soon exactly? Thursday morning?"


Tour is where it all begins

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2011

You find it stuffed at the back of the wardrobe, musty, a little worn-out. On the front perhaps there is a cartoon camel or a number that for four weeks you were inexplicably wedded to. On the back, the names of people you've long forgotten, with jokey nicknames you no longer understand.

And suddenly, you're 16 again.


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.