Prisoners face loneliness and the occasional shortage of matzah

By Rabbi Michael Binstock, October 7, 2015

Isolation, loneliness, and the odd shortage of matzah — these are some of the problems facing Jews in jails across the UK.

In general, the needs of Jewish prisoners are met extremely well. Kashrut-observant inmates receive kosher meals, which are delivered in a fully cooked and frozen state, and just need to be heated before they are served.


Use the law to escape 'the Jungle'

By Laura Janner-Klausner, October 5, 2015

Three men from Sudan communing around a portable stove beckoned us over and insisted we eat with them. They made us their guests, although their ramshackle canvas neighbourhood is barely any kind of home.


Glasenberg the hunter becomes the hunted

By Alex Brummer, October 3, 2015

At lunchtime on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, a man arrived at our front door loaded down with a magnificent bunch of white flowers from a fashionable Knightsbridge florist. The present, replete with New Year greetings, was from billionaire Ivan Glasenberg, chief executive of the global commodity trading and mining concern, Glencore.


The big football clubs have more money than they know what to do with

By Alex Brummer, September 24, 2015

Premier League football has never been richer than it is at present. In the 2013-14 season (the last for which there are complete numbers) it generated income of £3.26 billion, some 29 per cent up on the year before. And we know it is only going to get even more wealthy.


We need a new deal for British olim

By Zeev Portner, September 24, 2015

This past summer has seen many joyous scenes at Ben Gurion airport, western olim celebrating "returning home" to Israel to "live the dream" as the aliyah organisation Nefesh b Nefesh loves to put it in wonderful showbiz style. But among these scenes of joy there is a white elephant in the room. How many of these joyous individuals will still be in Israel in five years' time?


Why Shabbat UK answers Burnout Britain's prayers

By Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum, September 24, 2015

Earlier this month the TUC released statistics showing a 15 per cent rise in people working more than 48 hours per week, the maximum allowed under the EU's Working Time Directive (WTD). The worrying increase suggests significant numbers of people are struggling to maintain a proper work/life balance.


I broke the fast - and have never been happier

By Charlotte Oliver, September 24, 2015

Last Yom Kippur, I ate more than I had eaten in a very long time. While friends and relatives endured parched mouths and grumbling bellies, I shovelled heaped forkfuls of food down my throat at breakfast, lunch and dinner — plus at three separate snack times that garnished my day’s platter.


Stop moaning, let's now try to embrace Corbyn

By Keith Kahn-Harris, September 17, 2015

For some - Jews and non-Jews, on the left and outside it - the election of Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour leadership is regarded as a disaster.


My search for common ground

By Carla Power, September 17, 2015

He thinks I'm going to hell, my friend and Quran teacher, Muhammad Akram Nadwi. Not because he thinks I'm a bad person. Not for my love of crimson lipstick and Prosecco. Nor for the sexual escapades of my youth-- though I've spared him having to hear about them.


Mr Corbyn, time to say you were wrong

By David Hirsh, September 17, 2015

Dear Mr Corbyn, You want a fairer and more equal society. You want us to look after each other. You want a society of freedom, justice and reason.

But there is something preventing your message from getting a fair hearing. You seem ambivalent about democratic values.