The poison in the Kremlin

By Oliver Kamm, September 11, 2014

The disturbing recrudescence of antisemitism in Europe is not only connected with Gaza and the tragic Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Last year, I interviewed on stage Anne Applebaum, the historian, about her book, Iron Curtain. It's a magnificent account of the postwar subjugation of Eastern Europe by Soviet communism, an ideology in which antisemitism played a role.


It's time to include singles

By Suzanne Korn, September 11, 2014

The forthcoming yomtovim will, for many, just as Shabbat and other festivals do, highlight their lack of belonging.

After creating Adam, God said: "It is not good for man to be alone". Presumably, that means everybody. Yet many single people experience Judaism as an exclusive and excluding, family-only religion.

Do you know what it is to be single, Jewish and ignored?


Don't push us - let us lie in peace

By Peter Rosengard, September 11, 2014

When I fly, I'm a recliner. I don't care how long the flight is - five minutes or five hours - as soon as we're airborne, I'm reclining my seat. In fact, I don't even wait to get on board; I practise on three adjacent seats at the gate.


An odious, sick comparison

By Simon Johnson, September 11, 2014

Security commentators estimate that some 600 British citizens have travelled to the Middle East, via training camps in Turkey, to fight for Islamic State (IS).


Time to include the learning disabled

By Jo Richler, September 11, 2014

Our Jewish tradition is based on a foundation of embracing all within our community. Inclusivity is a core Jewish value. Being included in one's community and its activities, in social roles and personal relationships, is an invaluable part of anybody's life, and contributes to one's personal well-being.

This is particularly important for people with disabilities.


Stars and stripes of David at odds

By Elad Uzan, September 11, 2014

On a humid Manhattan morning, four Jewish religious leaders came to speak with us, students of the Ruderman Program in American Jewish Studies, on the current state of American Jewry.


Protesters' dangerous stupidity

By Robert Philpot, September 4, 2014

Even Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear couldn't have penned literary nonsense quite like that of John Rees. "Socialists," he wrote in explanation for his opposition to the Iraq war, "should unconditionally stand with the oppressed against the oppressor, even if the people who run the oppressed country are undemocratic and persecute minorities, like Saddam Hussein."


It's time to shout out the facts

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, September 4, 2014

A couple of years ago on this page, I penned a call to action.

George "I'll Embrace Genocidal Tyrants But Not Acknowledge Israelis" Galloway had just been elected Respect MP for Bradford almost solely on the back of his Twitter campaign.


More care needed on front line

By Adloyada, September 4, 2014

There's a buzz in my neck of the Jewish community. No one's scared. They're delighted that Jews across the UK have started Doing Something.

New activist groups pop up on Facebook like mushrooms. Join a protest. Support Israel. Fight antisemitism. Stop the boycotters.


The importance of living Jewishly

By Jude Williams, September 4, 2014

So the joke goes: "Two old Russian Jews are reading their newspapers on Shabbat afternoon somewhere on the Pale of Settlement. One is shifting uncomfortably in his armchair. He huffs and says "Oy Vey. Jews are being killed. There are pogroms, riots and new laws against us. What will we do?" He looks across at his companion who is smiling happily.