Crumbs! I was banned from the bakery

By NWJew, July 16, 2009

I was once banned from the bread shop. It was a few years ago so my conviction is now spent and I can talk about it without risking my reputation as an upstanding member of the Jewish community.

When I was a teenager I would go to pubs with friends, some of whom may not have been Jewish. One was banned from the local where we liked to play pool. He had drunk a fair bit more than he needed and started a fight with someone about something insignificant.


How to make marriage - and divorce - work

By Deborah Levy, July 9, 2009

Last week, Katrin Radmacher won a landmark Court of Appeal case to enforce a pre-nuptial agreement to protect her wealth from claims by her former husband, Nicholas Granatino. Last July, the High Court ordered Ms Radmacher to pay her husband a lump sum in excess of £5.5 million. The Court of Appeal’s decision meant that Mr Granatino’s award was reduced in the light of a pre-nuptial agreement the parties had signed. This groundbreaking decision is a further step towards couples being able to regulate their own financial affairs.


If you are a Jew, you are a feminist

By Ellie Levenson, July 9, 2009

For all the talk of Judaism being a patriarchal religion, there is a case to be made for feminism — though I suspect many of us would not use the word — as an essential aspect of being Jewish. On the other hand, it can be all too easy to pay lip service to the idea of being a feminist without thinking it through.


Missiles will be key factor in Moscow moves on Iran

By Tim Marshall, July 9, 2009

A host of interested parties examined every word spoken at this week’s Russia-USA summit, but few as closely as Iran and Israel.

Both countries looked for signs that Moscow might cut Tehran loose and move closer to the Americans on the Iran question. Neither saw much to support that, but they will have noted the clear American attempt to bring Russia on-side in a process that will be continued throughout the year.


Sky’s monopoly is just not cricket

By Simon Round, July 9, 2009

I have always thought of cricket as a very Jewish game. The Wisden Almanac is almost the equivalent of the Talmud, and going to watch cricket is very much like going to a synagogue service — most people are more interested in chatting to each other or snoozing than paying attention to what is going on out there on the pitch.


Bibi is proving his worth this time

By David Hazony, July 9, 2009

During Israel’s intense 2009 election, Binyamin Netanyahu embarked on a campaign to fix his reputation of being fickle and slippery.

His first term as PM had ended in failure, with his party routed in 1999, and Mr Netanyahu himself hurled into the political wilderness. This time he was promising Israelis that he had changed.

“Strong on security, strong on the economy” was his blunt slogan.
This was, we were told, a new Bibi.

One hundred days into his second stint as premier, how is he doing?


A Jewish princess without air-con? It can be done

By Katharine Hamer, July 2, 2009

My friend Sharon is worried about the ship. That’s what she calls it, anyway, even though it’s actually a 7ft wide narrowboat that’s moored in the middle of an industrial estate in west London; not the QEII (there’s the worry about the Norwalk virus and getting tennis elbow from playing deck quoits alleviated, then).


Lucky they didn’t copyright Genesis

By Joe Joseph, July 2, 2009

Why didn’t JD Salinger speak up sooner?


Civil Service fails the Islamist challenge

By Paul Richards, July 2, 2009

Azad Ali is many things. He is a member of the ruling council of Liberty, the civil rights group. He writes about the Middle East for a blog hosted by the Islamic Forum of Europe. He presents a talk show on Muslim Community Radio, which is currently appealing for funds to send to Gaza.


Survivors need justice, while there is still time

By Lord Janner, July 2, 2009

In Prague this week, I addressed the Holocaust Era Assets Conference with representatives from nearly 50 countries. I found myself reflecting on how far we have come since the London Conference on Nazi Gold, some 12 years ago, yet with so much still to achieve.