Some got it. Others are 50 shades of yellow

By Julie Burchill, January 15, 2015

As one who has always been keen to be a Jew (I pretended to be one as a teenage hack at the New Musical Express, and attempted to convert a few years back - both of which I write about at entertaining length in my latest book, Unchosen), I've always been absolutely incredulous at those people who are born Jews and seem not to want the blessing.

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We must expose extremism as a desecration of God's name

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, January 15, 2015

I have been to Paris on many occasions in the past. But, as I stepped off the Eurostar at Gare du Nord last Sunday, it was palpably different.


French Jews are not packing their bags

By Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, January 15, 2015

"Je suis Charlie. Je suis Juif. Je suis Français." The community I spent this weekend with said them all with pride. Contrary to a dangerous and rapidly developing narrative, French Jews are not clambering to leave.

I visited the CJL Nitsa Synagogue, just metres from the Charlie Hebdo offices and where policeman Ahmed Merabet was gunned down. Many in the community heard the shots fired.


Few have felt safe here for years

By Simon Rocker, January 15, 2015

Three times in as many years French jihadis have struck against Jewish targets in Western Europe and each have claimed four lives.

In 2012, Mohammed Merah, who had earlier killed three French soldiers, shot dead a teacher and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse.


To be a Jew here is no longer a statement of pride. For my family, this is the end of history

By Norman Lebrecht, January 15, 2015

Je suis un Juif Francais. There is no tension in that statement. Faith and nation co-exist in perfect harmony. All my life I have said those words without a trace of irony, or regret.


Sale boards at the ready. After all, the French are coming

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 15, 2015

On Monday morning, Israel's largest tabloid, Yediot Ahronot, featured a cartoon showing an estate agent in Netanya reading the paper's headline "Terror in Paris" and immediately cancelling all his employees' holidays.

For local readers the inference is clear - the French are coming.

Last year broke all records for aliyah from France with 7,000 new immigrants arriving in Israel.


The message for the UK: Stay alert but don't panic

By David Delew, January 15, 2015

After last week's dreadful events in Paris, our immediate task at CST is to ensure the best possible security, and to ask our community to be alert, but not in a state of panic.

Events in Paris are a brutal confirmation of why we do our work. It is why thousands of volunteers have been trained and millions of pounds invested.


Veil of euphemism around Islam and its bigots must now be lifted

By Alan Johnson, January 15, 2015

In his autobiography, the much-maligned Tony Blair wrote that after 9/11 he thought the problem was only with a small number of crazies who had nothing to do with real Islam. But over time he came to understand that he was mistaken.


What makes this man the world's most feared lawyer?

By Joshua Rozenberg, January 8, 2015

Alan Dershowitz has no truck with false modesty.


An end to Israel's turmoil?

By Toby Greene, January 8, 2015

Israel's 2015 will be defined by the March 17 election and the formation of a new government, which will not be completed before May.