A bookseller's last chapter?

By Andrew Franklin, April 8, 2011

This time of year, as we prepare for Passover, we think of Jerusalem more than ever. Imagine that you had been born in Jerusalem, lived there throughout your childhood with your family and left to study in America. You stayed on, got married and had a family before deciding to return to the city of your birth.


Not news when Jew sues Jews

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2011

In February last year, Walter Bader took part in Scotland's first Masorti service. A few weeks later, he lost his position as a burial officer with the Orthodox Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society.

The board denied that there was any connection between the two events, citing other reasons for his removal including "cost-effectiveness".


'Brotherly love' has no part in true democracy

By Barak M Seener, April 7, 2011

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has blind-sided the West to appear as a pluralistic movement. And the US National Security Council has not ruled out "engagement with the Muslim Brotherhood as part of an orderly process".


Why I am a Reformed man

By Ben Rich, April 1, 2011

On leaving university, I dabbled in politics, until a headhunter suggested public relations as "more of a real job". So I spent the next 13 years helping an eclectic selection of clients such as McDonald's tell their customers what they were about. My father has never really understood this. "It's communications, Dad. Helping organisations explain what they do."


Laura, I wish you good luck

By Jenni Frazer, April 1, 2011

Just over 20 years ago - in March 1990 - the JC recorded the death of Beatrice J Barwell, or Trixie, as she was apparently affectionately known.


BBC bias is endemic, Louise

By Venetia Thompson, April 1, 2011

The many journalists who have been desperately trying to draw attention to the BBC's horrific anti-Israel bias for years can finally take a breather: Louise Bagshawe, best-selling chick-lit author turned politician, has come to the rescue.


The Muslim sovereign who needs our support

By Andrew Rosemarine, March 31, 2011

Shimon Peres used to say that the future of the Middle East peace process lay in the hands of three Kings of the Orient: the monarchs of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.


My 53,698 Olympic tickets

By Peter Rosengard, March 25, 2011

Although my Grandpa Harry was a professional runner (as in bookie's) I've never been the sporty type. So nobody was more surprised than me that when Big Ben struck midnight last Monday, I was in my pyjamas hunched over the computer, clicking onto the Olympics ticket site at the very second it went live.


Are you still a Pesach slave?

By Gita Conn, March 25, 2011

We may have only just enjoyed Purim but the tyranny that is Pesach already looms over the minds, muscles - and budgets - of observant women. As it is written in Exodus, "there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel."


It's bleak in the halfway house

By Monica Porter, March 25, 2011

I was in my early 20s when I found out that I was half-Jewish. Until then, as far as I was aware, I was merely a lapsed Catholic who, by the age of 10, had had enough of the confession-and-communion game and heartily embraced the secular life (my Catholic mother didn't seem to mind). Then in adulthood came the stunning discovery of my Jewish blood.