A kind, generous and wise friend

By Lawrence Freedman, February 5, 2015

When we were both appointed to the Iraq Inquiry Sir Martin Gilbert and I were spoken of almost as twins, as the "two Jewish historians".

Yet in truth, at that point we did not know each other well and were distinctive in our interests and approaches. Getting to know Martin became one of the boons of Inquiry work.


We need a new way of teaching

By Felix Posen, January 29, 2015

There are big Jewish divisions, such as religious versus cultural Judaism.


The damaging hypocrisy of the foolish Muslim 'Understanders'

By Denis MacShane, January 29, 2015

In German, there is a new word for those ready to explain and justify any and all aspects of Russian President Putin's behavior. They are called the "Putinversteher" – literally, the Putin understanders. These people are not quite apologists or appeasers for the Russian leader and his behaviour.


I didn't realise it was wrong to call you a strumpet

By Peter Rosengard, January 29, 2015

The phone rang in my hotel room in Montego Bay; it was Shirleen the laundry supervisor. "Mr Rosengard? We're waving your underpants!"

"That's wonderful news Shirleen." I said.


Argentina's moment of truth

By Rob Davies, January 29, 2015

The suspicious death of Alberto Nisman, who claimed Argentina tried to cover up Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of a cultural centre, continues to drive a wedge between Latin America's largest Jewish community and its government.

This week, the Jewish community of Buenos Aires boycotted a state ceremony to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, amid mounting mistrust over the Arg


Legacy that will be in safe hands for generations

By Karen Pollock, January 29, 2015

On Tuesday this week, thousands gathered in the freezing snow at Auschwitz, to commemorate one of the darkest anniversaries in our history.


The strange disappearance of Martin Luther King's rabbi

By Stephen Applebaum, January 29, 2015

Fifty years after the Selma Civil Rights March helped to outlaw discriminatory voting practices in America, the event is being commemorated in an Oscar-nominated film, Selma. While many critics have heaped praise on the movie, not everyone is happy with the results.

Following criticisms over the film's unsympathetic – and, allegedly, inaccurate - portrayal of Lyndon B.


The ones that fought back

By Maryana Greenberg, January 29, 2015

For decades the history of our people in the Second World War has only focused on the tragic losses of the lives of million of our ancestors.

The Holocaust is an ever-present part of our collective past; but one aspect that is often neglected in society and even our own reflections on the events of the Second World War is the role that Jewish soldiers played in fighting against the Nazi regime.


Leon was best of our generation

By Michael Howard, January 29, 2015

Leon Brittan was undoubtedly one of the leading British Jews of his generation. He rendered great service to this country in all the great offices he held, and but for the vagaries of political life might well have gone on to achieve even greater things.


Time to talk candidly about our real values

By John Ware, January 22, 2015

The letter to 1,100 Muslim leaders from Eric Pickles was just the kind of warm embrace one might expect from the Secretary of State charged with promoting community cohesion:

"Assalamu Alaikum" his letter began, the "great faith" of Islam had been "hijacked" by terrorists who were "an affront to Islam".