Sweet voices and sour fanatics

By Sylvia Rothschild, November 5, 2012

Even to write this seems surreal. A woman is arrested and removed from a holy site by the police. The place? The Kotel, in Jerusalem.

Her alleged crime? Wearing a tallit and saying the Shema out loud with a group of women.


Why you are stuck with me

By Julie Burchill, November 1, 2012

Jewish Mum of the Year, my friends have been reminding me for weeks. “I bet you’ll be watching THAT! And Jews At Ten! And Friday Night Dinner! And that one where he marries a Jewish girl and takes her up North — Hebburn!”


Miliband chose the wrong man

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 30, 2012

On October 2, Labour leader Ed Miliband - the first Jew to lead the party - made a remarkable speech to the socialist-inclined faithful assembled in Manchester. Miliband invoked the political philosophy of Benjamin Disraeli, the UK's first Jewish prime minister, who was a Conservative.


After ritual and a reprimand, the end is Turkish delight

By Maureen Lipman, October 29, 2012

In my peripatetic life, I've often spent the Jewish holidays on the road. I've had apples and honey in a drab dressing room at the Alhambra (Bradford, not Spain) and broken the fast on cheese and crackers in Malvern.


You want ratings? I've got 'em

By Simon Round, October 29, 2012

Although I have never pitched a TV show before, I believe I have an idea that would win the ratings war for any channel that picks it up. Below is the proposal that I have sent to the BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4. I might even send it to Five.

Dear TV executives,


EU: real problem is not Latvia

By Daniel Hannan, October 26, 2012

I felt like cheering last week when Avigdor Lieberman told his unelected EU counterpart, Catherine Ashton, to mind her own business.

Irked by the latest Brussels demand on settlements, Israel's foreign minister pointedly suggested that the EU focus on its own growing problems before lecturing others.


Olmert — Israel's 'if-only' man

By Orlando Radice, October 25, 2012

It is the crazy dream of the Israeli peace camp. A perma-tanned, cigar-smoking Ehud Olmert rises from his political grave to unite Israel's centre-left, beats Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming elections and signs a peace deal with the Palestinians.


How Nazi Germany lost its nuclear edge

By Gordon Fraser, October 25, 2012

It was no accident that the atomic bomb and the Holocaust came about at the same time. When the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, neither was on anybody's agenda. Nor was the intention to systematically kill Jews - that would come later. Instead, the top item on the Nazi master-plan was to rid German culture of perceived pollution. Artists were to be asked to sign an oath of loyalty.


Colons and covers in Claridge's

By Peter Rosengard, October 23, 2012

Alert readers will have noticed that my column recently celebrated its third anniversary. This didn't escape the eagle eye of our editor - and you can imagine my delight when the big man himself had breakfast with me in a leading hotel (OK, Claridge's).

"I've lost two stone," he announced.

"Where did it all go?" I know how to talk to the man in whose hands rests my journalistic future.


Turning a blind eye to abuse

By Ellie Cannon, October 21, 2012

After the past few weeks of headlines, I'd be happy to hibernate for the winter and no longer read about kids going missing with strangers, teachers abducting teenagers or allegedly paedophilic presenters from my childhood.