What did the Romans ever do for us? They gave me a love for learning

By Charlotte Oliver, April 27, 2016

"Why on earth did you study Latin?" the stranger in question inquires, he or she perplexed (perplexus, confused) as to why I could possibly squander my student loan on a so-called "dead" language.


Is there anything worse than a Pesach birthday?

By Sarah Ebner, April 21, 2016

A Jewish mother’s guilt is rarely absent, but I feel it even more keenly at this time of year. That’s because I did a terrible thing eleven years ago: I gave birth to my son, during Pesach.


The true cost of keeping kosher

By Angela Epstein, April 21, 2016

The other day, I popped into my local deli in Manchester for some "kosher le pesach" cinnamon. Well, you know how those leaden squares of apple pudding go down a treat on Seder night.


Betraying a precious inheritance

By Peter Walton, April 21, 2016

Now here's a strange thing. I've just received the new programme of courses from JW3, the north London Jewish community centre which just happens to be about 200 metres from my office. I eat there regularly - it's got a great restaurant.


Why do we still waste so much?

By Nadine Wojakovski, April 21, 2016

I know that we're in the midst of preparing for Passover but my mind is still on Purim - especially after a shocking meeting I had with a local charity which will serve as a useful reminder for what not to do next year.


Malia Bouattia is symbolic of the poison of the regressive Left

By Maajid Nawaz, April 20, 2016

The words below are not mine. But because of their gravity, it is important that you read them in full.

“The notion of resistance has been perhaps washed out of our understanding of how colonised people will obtain their physical emancipation...With mainstream, Zionist-led media outlets …resistance is presented as an act of terrorism.


A candidate, a staffer, and the identity crisis of the American Jewish left

By Steve Markofsky, April 19, 2016

Just days before New York's presidential primary, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders hired a new director of Jewish outreach, a young Berkeley graduate named Simone Zimmerman.


How the Hagaddah inspired me

By Hillary Clinton, April 18, 2016

I didn’t grow up celebrating Pesach. But over the years, I’ve attended seders where I was inspired by the remarkable story told in the haggadah — a tale of a people who, sustained by fortitude and faith, escaped slavery and reached their freedom.


Consumerism: Not even chains can survive

By Jeremy Brier, April 14, 2016

Everyone's grandmother has a moment when they realise their grandchild is a rare and extraordinary genius. Mine enjoyed this epiphany in The Refreshment House, better known as the Golders Hill Park Café.


This paranoid stereotype is no joke

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2016

Blame Woody Allen. Blame Sholem Aleichem. Blame Roth or Sorkin, or Seinfeld, or Larry David. Blame BT for Beattie. Blame them for sustaining the popular image of the Jew as someone who is neurotic, obsessive, a tad narcissistic. Someone who in the real world might well be grappling with a fairly serious mental health issue.