My family's Chanucah lesson

By Zac Goldsmith, December 10, 2015

In these turbulent times, it's more important than ever to remember just how valuable festivals like Chanucah are, with their emphasis on friendship, family, music, food, games, and thoughtfulness.

And just as Christmas is not just for Christians, so Chanucah need not be just for the Jewish community. We can all learn from it.


What's wrong with you? It's time we left the Temple alone

By Stephen Berkoff, December 10, 2015

What on earth has happened to the Jewish mind? Once so famous for its innate wisdom and ability to register the tremors of the human soul? Something has gone wildly awry.


Next year, give them tradition

By Lauren Libbert, December 10, 2015

Strolling around the department store, I felt the palpitations begin. There was a tin of Match Attax football cards my boys would love. And look, a Hulk Hogan action figure from the Wrestling Hall of Fame and a Marvin's magic set and mini-Rubik's cube key-ring.


Can we get away with saying: You aint no Jew, bruv?

By John Nathan, December 10, 2015

London. A man gets up one morning and leaves home with a knife in his pocket and violence in his heart. He walks down to his local Tube station and randomly stabs people in the name of a cause he believes in and a religion he practises. He is not Muslim. He is Jewish.


When the Left fought fascists

By Colin Shindler, December 10, 2015

Hilary Benn's remarkable speech during the Syria debate in parliament last week did not please everyone. It did however align voting to bomb Daesh installations with past traditions of the Labour party which are rarely mentioned today.


It's not alway a laugh, being a comedian

By Bennett Aaron, December 10, 2015

Next week I will be hosting a Jewish Christmas/Chanucah comedy night, an event that has become something of a seasonal tradition.

When I started organising this year's gig, I rang other comedians to check their availability. In each conversation the subject came up of what it's like being a Jewish comedian performing for non-Jewish audiences.


Critics are wrong about our survey

By Steve Miller, Margaret Harris and Colin Shindler, December 10, 2015

We Jews invented cognitive dissonance. The American Jewish psychologist, Leon Festinger, was the first to coin the phrase and to use it to describe people's responses to information which conflicts with their own understandings of reality.


Is this the new politics?

By Michael Goldfarb, December 10, 2015

Was it like this 80 or 90 years ago? Are we living through an epoch similar to that time when fascists swept to power in Italy and Germany and frequently shaped politics in the United States and Britain (although we would prefer to forget that fact)?


Learning the lessons of the Kindertransport

By Edie Friedman, December 8, 2015

The plight of unaccompanied children during the current refugee crisis resonates in two important ways. First, the focus on children strikes an emotional chord and second, we inevitably recall the Kindertransport, an important chapter in both Jewish and British refugee history.


Have you thought about the values you want to instil in your children?

By Rachel Vecht, December 7, 2015

A parent is a child's first and most important teacher.