Let all rabbis join a trade union

By Zvi Solomons, December 4, 2008

Imagine this: you have a job which provides you with a tied house. You are offered a good job elsewhere and, having accepted the offer, you give notice to your current employers. Then, your new employer’s governing body overrules the appointment. Your current employers inform you through their solicitors that you must leave the house within 24 hours, as they are changing the locks.

It is a Friday, you were relying on working your notice, and you have little in the way of savings. As of receiving the solicitors’ letter, you have no job.


Some common sense from the police, please

By Stephen Pollard, December 4, 2008

At first glance, there is little that Sir Paul Stephenson, the acting head of the Metropolitan Police; Bob Quick, Assistant Commissioner for Special Operations; and Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Tucker, the acting borough commander of Barnet police, have in common. They don’t even all have the word ‘acting’ in their title.


My dream jungle rumble — momma vs beck

By Alex Kasriel, November 27, 2008

Have you heard the one about the two Jews struggling for survival in the jungle? No? Well, they are called Esther Rantzen and Dani Behr, and they are going head to head in the ITV1's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

The first is an archetypal Jewish mother figure who has been gracing our screens with her sympathetic ear and no-nonsense advice since wide ties and perms were in fashion. The second is the original TV beck, the girl who convinced thousands of her North London sisters that flicky hair and slightly large noses were cool.


Why Demjanjuk should not be tried

By Bernard Josephs, November 27, 2008

German investigators are urging the American authorities to extradite John Demjanjuk, an 88-year-old former Nazi death-camp guard, who was tried and sentenced to death in Israel for appalling war crimes, only to be freed five years later by the country's Supreme Court.

The Germans believe that new evidence, including hundreds of documents and eye-witness statements, prove that he was partly responsible for the massacre of thousands of Jews and that he should face a new trial.


Barack Obama’s hope is our hope, too

By Jonathan Wittenberg, November 20, 2008

Who knows what will follow, but Barack Obama's election has brought hope back home to the West - a hope that resonates deeply with the Jewish spirit and Jewish values. The reasons why Obama received over 77 per cent of the Jewish vote lie deeper than American politics alone. There is the Obama narrative. Then there are Obama's values.


Israel’s voting system is too fair

By Vernon Bogdanor, November 20, 2008

Israel's general election, to be held on February 10, will not - by contrast with that of Britain - itself determine who forms the government. In Israel, no single party has ever come near to winning an overall majority. The government is formed after the results have been counted following complex negotiations between the parties.


The Akko riots were just the tip of an iceberg

By Nathan Jeffay, November 13, 2008

On Yom Kippur, wild rioting broke out in the Israeli city of Akko. Four days of clashes between the Jewish and Arab populations resulted in damage to 50 Jewish-owned shops and 150 Jewish-owned cars, along with 11 cases of arson at Arab homes. Akko was a warning. Cities of mixed Jewish-Arab populations are the pressure cookers of Israel, and the question is not whether there will be more clashes, but when and where they will occur.


Our burial grounds lack dignity

By John Nathan, November 13, 2008


We can look back on the Great War with pride

By Martin Gilbert, November 6, 2008

Each year, on the evening of November 10, a remarkable ceremony takes place at Victoria Station. This year will be no exception.

Eighty-eight years ago, at 8.32 in the evening, the body of the British Unknown Soldier arrived at platform eight. The coffin rested overnight in the station.


There is more to charity than money

By Laura Marks, November 6, 2008