We miss cinema's great dictators

By Jason Solomons, January 8, 2015

When the computers at Sony's Film HQ in Hollywood were hacked and embarrassing professional secrets leaked out, seasoned observers could be forgiven for thinking: "Is this really happening?"

It wasn't so much the drip-drip of studio gossip, although that at first was fascinating in a titillating sort of a way - the revelation of stars' salaries, who got paid what, what some people really though


A deeply unsettling attack

By Melanie Phillips, January 6, 2015

An 11 year-old Israeli child, Ayala Shapira, suffered third-degree burns to her face and body last month when a car driven by her father Avner was firebombed in Ma’ale Shomron, part of the disputed territories.


Danny Cohen is wrong. Britain is a wonderful home for Jews

By Shimon Cohen, January 6, 2015

As a public relations man, my job is to take a long hard look at a business, organisation, country or situation and find the positive in it. Then it’s a matter of encouraging others to focus on the positives that define the entity in question rather than the negatives which damage it. Of course, managing the negatives is also of vital importance, but focusing on negatives? Never a good idea.


I feel superhuman in Israel, so next month I make aliyah

By Uri Geller, December 18, 2014

I've been out of Israel since 1972 - so that is almost 43 years. When I left Israel, I always knew inside my heart that I would eventually go back to live there. I thought I was leaving temporarily just to do a few shows and then I'd be back after that. But my career exploded suddenly, and rumbled on for years and years and years.


Taking pride in displaying such split personalities

By Jennifer Lipman, December 18, 2014

At the Ajex parade last month, shivering in the morning wind and watching Jewish veterans from around the UK fall in line, as they've done for decades, my eye was immediately drawn to the poppy wreaths shaped as Stars of David.

Something to be very proud of, I thought. What a striking image; a visual reminder of our community's enduring presence at the heart of British society.


March of the mumpreneurs

By Natalie Lancer, December 18, 2014

Last month saw the first proclaimed Women's Entrepreneurship Day, so it seems apt to reflect on the Mumpreneurs - the unsung heroines of the 21st century.


Here's why men can't buy decent Chanucah gifts

By Gloria Moss, December 18, 2014

The Chanucah lights are shining and many are celebrating the vanquishing of the Assyrian Greeks, and the triumph of good over evil, through the exchange of gifts. This may just be Chanucah gelt for children but some will shower their loved ones with more lavish presents.


'Respectable' revisionists

By Oliver Kamm, December 11, 2014

The Holocaust is slipping beyond memory. Antisemites who deny the greatest crime of the age are preparing for when the victims are no longer around to answer them. Holocaust deniers call themselves "historical revisionists", as if their work had anything to do with scholarship. Their cause was notoriously adopted by President Ahmadinejad of Iran.


Women reading from the Torah: a dangerous truth

By Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, December 11, 2014

There has been recent excitement regarding the possibility of women reading from the Torah in Orthodoxy. There are self-defining Orthodox communities in Israel, America and even here walking along new paths. A rabbi of the United Synagogue has been identified as being supportive of the idea.


How an enemy can offer a green light to peace

By Stephen Applebaum, December 11, 2014

Any hope that Israelis and Palestinians will ever be able to live in peace feels precariously close to being snuffed out by the current wave of violence in Jerusalem. But before everyone gives up in despair, a compelling new documentary, The Green Prince, shows that sworn enemies from opposite sides of the conflict can not only become allies, but close friends.