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A Woman's Work: Barmitzvah boy - the musical

By Keren David, January 24, 2013

In the last few months I’ve enjoyed answering the “what do you do?” question more than usual. “I’m writing a musical,” I say. So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Musicals, it seems, make people happy and excited.


Just Remarried: my nightmare Shabbat

By Paul Lester, January 17, 2013

There are certain people you don’t say no to. Your parents, say. Or the Queen. The PM would be another example. As would your rabbi. If they call, you come running.


A good read and good friendships - why we love book groups

By Simon Round, January 17, 2013

The demise of the book has long been predicted. Television was forecast to rip us forcefully away from the novel but somehow the written word survived — indeed adaptations of classics such as Pride and Prejudice actually boosted sales.


How to stay afloat in Israel — one man’s aliyah story

By Jonathan Josephs, January 10, 2013

It was over breakfast that I made the decision that was to change my life. A wet April morning in Montpellier, the TV news was reporting the latest polls for the French presidential elections. Francois Hollande was widely tipped to win by the tightest of margins.


Fitness: Ready, steady, exercise

By Laurel Alper, January 3, 2013

January is traditionally the time when we set goals and many of us will have decided to begin an exercise programme. That’s the easy bit. Actually starting, and sustaining it, is much tougher. So here are a few facts to bolster your resolve.


The British kibbutzniks who welcomed African refugees into their family

By Nathan Jeffay, January 3, 2013

Just over four years ago, a squad of soldiers arrived at John Fshaye’s school in the rural town of Senafe, in southern Eritrea. They had come to forcibly remove students to serve in the country’s army. It was perfectly legal — Eritrea operates open-ended military draft that often means decades in uniform for those unlucky enough to be conscripted.


When Jonathan Miller was forced to go to shul

By John Nathan, December 13, 2012

It is the voice that is so familiar. The hair, once red, is now white. The frame, once six foot four, is less imposing now. But the sonorous tones are unmistakable.


Just (Re)Married: There was nothing sweet about our honeymoon

By Paul Lester, December 7, 2012

I know it’s customary to go on honeymoon straight after you get married — like, duh — but I’ve only just returned from mine, despite getting hitched in May.


The foreign correspondent who survived war, sexism and hate in Iraq

By Jenni Frazer, December 6, 2012

Ilene Prusher has come up with an interesting description of what it means to be a woman foreign correspondent, particularly in a war zone. They are, she offers, “a third gender”, not male, certainly not subservient female, and often regarded with exasperation and suspicion by male interviewees, particularly in the Arab world.


NW Jew: This kosher-style trend is hard to swallow

By NWJew, November 30, 2012

Last weekend I was once again obliged to attend the barmitzvah of some child I had never met. Happily it was the great nephew of my dear friend Moshe, so at least I had someone to whom I could complain about the catering.