Passing ships in the night

By Peter Rosengard, July 17, 2014

Saturday, 7pm. The phone rang as I was working on my new book, My 10 Greatest Life Insurance Sales - to Churchill, Stalin, Hitler, Genghis Khan, Henry VIII ("You've got to have 'Wife Life', Your Majesty! Have you ever thought what would happen if one of your wives was beheaded?


Some of their best friends are...

By David Prever, July 17, 2014

Facebook has never felt like a comfortable place to 'do politics,' unless 'politics is what you do.'

Over the past fortnight, Operation Protective Edge has brought out the haters and defenders in equal measure, but with some surprises.

My social media timeline now includes so-called friends - whatever that means these days - suddenly attacking Israel with a previously hidden passion.


Right to die as well as possible

By Jonathan Romain, July 17, 2014

If someone you love is at the end of life, dying in great pain, wishes not to continue and instead wants take medication that will allow them to gently slip away, should that option be available?

At present, this is illegal in Britain – those who do so fall foul of the Suicide Act and anyone who assists them can be liable to prosecution.


The MidEast numbers game

By Jeremy Brier, July 17, 2014

Painting by numbers is easy but it doesn't make for a very illuminating picture. The latest conflict between Israel and Hamas has been constantly reported by reference to the latest death toll and the growing numbers are matched by the hyperbole of the commentators.


My Brent Cross Walk of Naches

By Vanessa Feltz, July 17, 2014

I used to consider myself a veteran and accomplished schapper of naches. After all I have two exquisite daughters - one a lawyer, one a teacher - and have been suffused hourly in essence of nachus for the past 28 years. Kvelling is, literally, my middle name - Vanessa Jane Rochel Mindel Kvelling Feltz.


Ecostream: This is a betrayal - Israeli firm would not take on boycotters

By Jonathan Goldberg, July 10, 2014

Whatever doubts some may have had about the viability of opening a shop in Brighton in 2012 to sell their products, it was refreshing to hear assurances from the SodaStream management at the time that "we have no intention either to be the next Ahava in the UK or to close our store - we will not back down".


EcoStream: This is a blip - trade with the UK is thriving

By Alex Brummer, July 10, 2014

The closure by SodaStream of its Ecostream shop and the reported decision by John Lewis to stop selling the Israeli company's drinks products can hardly be regarded as a positive development. Not surprisingly it has been hailed as a great victory for the BDS movement.


He's been at the Jinn and tonic

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, July 10, 2014

Sorcery and witchcraft and Jews. It's a cultural and religious obsession, isn't it? I don't know about you, but once my Shabbat chicken is in the oven, I like to take out my cauldron and concoct some noxious brew worthy of the Three Weird Women in Macbeth. Mr O refers to this as my attempt at cholent. But he's wrong.


Religion has another message

By Nathan Jeffay, July 10, 2014

For days, people had been telling themselves that it couldn't be true, that a Jew would never do something like this.

But, indeed, suspects had been arrested for the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager, Jews thought to have been motivated by anti-Arab hatred.


Never the twain shall meet

By Sandy Rashty, July 10, 2014

This week, I went where few modern Jewish girls have gone before - to east London on a Tuesday night.

I gave up my pre-planned Netflix-filled evening to hang with gig-goers in Shoreditch.