She’s twigged: Macca has a thing for Jews

By Julie Burchill, July 23, 2009

So Heather Mills has claimed that “some of my best friends are Jewish”.

You want to believe her, don’t you? If ever anyone could benefit from the warm hearts and cool judgement of my favourite ethnic stereotypes, it’s poor old Heather, who makes the Whore of Babylon look like Aung San Suu Kyi when it comes to securing a place in public esteem.

The problem is, this claim is on the same level of credibility as it might be if she had stated: “I taught Susan Boyle how to sing” or “I invented toast.”


Arlene sacked? Time to step up Ruby, Zoe and Vanessa

By Keren David, July 16, 2009

To the picket lines, Maureen Lipman! Placard at the ready Esther Rantzen! Zoe Wanamaker, Ruby Wax, pick up your megaphones! You are who we need at this time of crisis. I’m proposing a new union, Older Jewish Entertaining Women (O JEW) to take on the bumbling bosses of the BBC.
We muttered about Wossy and Sachsgate. We grumbled over the Blue Peter cat row. We rolled our eyes at executives’ vast expenses claims.
But this is a step too far. Arlene Phillips has been booted off the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel.


A brief belay while I hit a peak of fitness

By Peter Rosengard, July 16, 2009

Last Friday, my friend Arnold asked me what I was doing for the weekend.
“I’m going climbing,” I said.
“Climbing. The only climbing you’ve ever done is of the social variety!”
“I happen to come from a long line of Jewish mountaineers; my uncle, Sherpa Rosengard was obscured on Everest by Tenzing.”
“Sure,” Arnold said. “What kind of climbing?”
“I’m becoming a belayer.”
“Is that like being an Amish?”


Let’s use the law to halt these Nazi slurs

By Winston Pickett, July 16, 2009

In assessing the consequences of antisemitic discourse, are some characterisations worse than others? Are some epithets more offensive due to the depth of the insult, the affront to memory or the power to malign the Jewish collective? If so, how should they be treated?


Who is a – musical – Jew?

By Norman Lebrecht, July 16, 2009

Do we really need to know if a public figure is Jewish? Perhaps, in the case of a politician who can affect the state of nations, or a billionaire who can be tapped by communal charities. In other cases, the interest is either prurient or possessive, a kvell of collective pride signifying nothing.


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.