Hull is city of culture - and we’re gonna gerron with it

By Maureen Lipman, November 21, 2013

Being From Hull and Jewish and a woman, the triple whammy, generally one feels like saying, when asked to go there, “what’s second prize?”. But not today.

Today I woke up and found myself besieged by requests to big up my beleaguered home town on TV, radio and press, on the grounds that Hull has been named City of Culture 2017.


Tragedy in Riga: the Shoah story nobody told

By Vanessa Curtis, November 17, 2013

In June 2012 I took a trip to Riga, capital city of Latvia, intending to research for my forthcoming young adult novel.

There is much for the tourist to admire in Riga today, not least the Daugava River with its humped, serpent-like bridge and the giant Zeppelin hangars which house the Riga Central Market, buzzing with life and heaped with vast piles of fruit, fish, cheese and meat.


Israel has banned foie gras - the UK should too

By Steven Berkoff, November 15, 2013

This year, Israel is set to become the first country in the world to introduce legislation banning the sale of foie gras, in addition to banning its production, which has been illegal there for nearly a decade. The bill passed its first reading by an overwhelming majority of 59 to 10.


As Archbishop of Canterbury, I'm a Mitzvah Day fan

By Justin Welby, November 15, 2013

Recently, I hosted a reception at Lambeth Palace for leaders of various faith traditions. We heard from the director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, the story of how, in 1756, Bishop Trevor, then Bishop of Durham, had bought a collection of paintings of Jacob and his sons by Francisco de Zurbaran.


How Kristallnacht actually saved lives

By Fred Barschak, November 9, 2013

On November 9 1938, a Wednesday, at the age of seven years and eight months, I was standing at my bedroom window looking across the street where, some 25 yards away, the synagogue, the famous Schiffschul, was burning. Unknown to me, so were
22 other synagogues and some 60 shtiebls in Vienna alone.


Whichever way you spell it, Chanucah is early this year

By Manny Robinson, November 9, 2013

I HAVE to date received four cards so far for the forthcoming Festival of Lights. One wishes me a Happy Chanucah, the second a happy Chanukkah, the third a happy Hanukkah and the fourth a happy Hanuka.


Raising the marriage age is a true step forward for women

By Adi Blutner, November 9, 2013

Bar-Ilan University’s Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Centre for the Advancement of the Status of Women is joining women around the country in celebrating a historic day for the state of Israel.

This week, the Knesset passed a bill that will raise the minimum legal marriage age in Israel to 18, up by one year from the current age of 17.


Circumcision could be banned

By Jonathan Fisher, November 8, 2013

In a move triggering one of the gravest threats to European Jewry since the infamous Nuremberg laws, the Council of Europe’s parliament voted last month for countries, including the UK, to “take legislative and policy measures that help reinforce child protection” in cases where young boys are circumcised for religious reasons.


Mr Hickey, I can help you become Dr Hickey

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 8, 2013

An Open Letter to “Mr” Tom Hickey, principal lecturer in international politics and philosophy at the University of Brighton

Dear Tom

I take the liberty of writing to you as a fellow academic, dedicated, as I am sure you are, to the sanctity of scholarly dialogue, to the dispassionate pursuit of truth, and to the acceptance of truth however unwelcome or distasteful we may find it.


CHRONICLER: He walked on the wild side

November 1, 2013

Lou Reed, one of the great hellraisers of rock ‘n’ roll, died this week. He had a liver transplant in May but the years of heroin and hard living finally, and sadly, took their toll.