Doing it in Hebrew: and how

By David Robson, June 6, 2014

By the time you read this I shall have consummated a marriage, though that perhaps is putting it a little strongly. I shall have read out one of the sheva brachot at a wedding in France and as mine is the seventh and final blessing, I regard all the preceding ones as merely foreplay.

I would like to say my joy at being honoured with the task was unconfined, but it wasn't quite.


Morally corrupt Belgium

By Stephen Pollard, June 6, 2014

It didn't take long. Within days of the Brussels murders, the conspiracy theorists (for which, read: "the Jews did it") were at it.


Jerusalem Day: a different Jerusalem for all

By Susan Winton, May 23, 2014

Exactly 30 years ago this month I fell in love with Jerusalem. I was 21. I also fell in love, but that’s another story with a happy ending, which is how I come to be an American living in London writing this piece.


Jerusalem Day: there's no place like Israel's golden city

By Rony Yedidia-Clein, May 23, 2014

Jerusalem. For many, it is a dream, a place to pray about, read about, reflect about. For me, it is home. Now, although I temporarily call London home, Jerusalem is the place I refer to as my real home, where I will always return.


After 34 years, it's time for justice over Paris bomb

By Shimon Samuels, May 22, 2014

On October 3 1980, erev Succot, I was delivering festive greetings at the home of the Paris Ma’ariv correspondent, Tamar Golan. Her weekend houseguest, Aliza – wife of prominent Jerusalem film-maker, Micha Shagrir – asked Tamar if she needed anything for dinner. Tamar replied: “Perhaps a few figs.” Aliza and I took the lift down and walked together to the corner.


Building a European nightmare

By Alex Brummer, May 22, 2014

The American Anti-Defamation League’s survey of global antisemitism is truly shocking. In the 102 countries surveyed, 26 per cent found that long-circulated stereotypes about Jews are alive and well. These ranged from “Jews are more loyal to Israel than their (home) country” and “Jews have too much power in the business world.”


The JC essay: Reviving the music of a lost composer

By Duncan Honeybourne, May 16, 2014

As a pianist specialising in British and Irish music, I first noticed the name of Archy Rosenthal as that of the dedicatee of two of E J Moeran's liveliest piano pieces.

Later, as a frequent visitor to Dublin, I encountered Rosenthal in archive material detailing that city's vibrant musical past, and I noted references in the pages of historic journals at home and abroad to this character whose


Offering a third way for Judaism

By Lucian Hudson, May 16, 2014

The growth of the Charedi and secular sections of our community identified by the recent JPR community survey has been much remarked upon. Much less noted has been growth by almost a third of those identifying as progressive.

These figures hide a huge "churn".


Do not ignore these elections

By Edie Friedman, May 16, 2014

In a week's time, the local and European elections will be held. I can hear a big yawn from many of you. Neither of these elections brings us out in large numbers - usually less than 40 per cent. Although they should raise a number of issues, one in particular stands out - immigration.


Ken still can't help himself

By Robert Philpot, May 16, 2014

He just can't help it, can he? You would have thought that Ken Livingstone would have learned by now that, when it comes to all matters Jewish, he should keep his views firmly to himself. No one wants to hear them.

But there he was again last week opining on the community's supposed voting habits.