Q My husband and I recently re-joined our local synagogue. Although we'd been attending weekly until then, the rabbi, assistant rabbi and lay leaders are completely unwelcoming. You barely get a "Hello" or "Shabbat Shalom" from them.
"It's a very reflective new year for me. I don't find the Gregorian New Year as spiritually fulfilling as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I feel like my brain is really geared towards a Jewish calendar."
Shimon Peres was the man who could never stop serving his country. And while this inspired Israel, it drove a wedge between him and his late wife Sonia. They had got together as teenagers and attended youth movement camps as a couple but she was never fully reconciled to his transformation into a public figure.
In an interview with Benny Morris in 2010, Shimon Peres expressed the belief that "In England there has always been something deeply pro-Arab…and anti-Israeli, in the establishment…. They always worked against us."
One moment we're donning Virtual Reality headsets and experiencing what it feels like to go blind, the next applauding a Palestinian professor who recounts why he felt compelled to take his students to Auschwitz-Birkenau at the cost of his livelihood.
My kitchen is full of specialised fruit-and-vegetable preparation equipment. It's a bit of a personal obsession. And when I say "specialised", I really mean it - I'm talking about items that are intended only for one particular type of fruit or vegetable.
Overcoming the angst of being a teenager (or parenting one) is not easy. When teens are struggling with emotional or behavioural issues, it becomes a greater challenge, especially in a world that is quick to diagnose and medicate. And if issues go unnoticed or, worse, are swept under the rug, a teen will more likely turn to other, less safe avenues for support or escape.