I am a true child of the American ’80s, in the most literal sense — that is, I was literally a child in America throughout the ’80s, which means that I spent that entire decade wishing I was a teenager.
Some years ago, I received a video of a class reunion that I could not attend. While watching it I was struck by the amazing extent to which personality traits had been preserved from childhood to adulthood. Those who had been introverted as children stood apart and alone at the reunion, looking a bit out of place in the socially intense event taking place around them.
When the Israelites were liberated from Egypt after centuries of slavery, they presumably felt elated but it wasn't very long before the rumbling started and Moses was dealing with serious complaints and demands. The liberation from Belsen was, of course, even more miraculous.
Seventy years ago this week, on May 8 1945, many British Jews said the shehechayanu blessing to give thanks that they had survived to see that day. It was Victory in Europe Day, which marked the defeat of Nazi Germany and the formal end of hostilities in Europe.
Few children enjoy home-baked cheesecake and baklava with their homework, but not many have a MasterChef finalist for their mother. When I arrive at Emma Spitzer's East Finchley home, it is 4pm and her daughters - aged nine, seven, four and two - are tucking in.
Passover 2015 will not be remembered as a good one for jewellers in Hatton Garden. While they were off celebrating the festival, which coincided with Easter, thieves drilled their way into the street's main vault and stole £60 million worth of goods from 72 safe deposit boxes. It was the stuff of cinema and left the traders reeling.
An Irish-born, left-leaning academic who is not Jewish is not most people's idea of a high-ranking Israel advocate. But, as chairman of the Anglo-Israel Association, Lord Bew is working at the forefront of building bilateral relations between the two nations.
Hatton Garden has always been one of London's most enigmatic places. A set of scruffy streets where deal-making market traders, media executives and high-hatted Chasidim mingle with hand-holding couples looking for their jewel-encrusted bond of love, while tourists snap endlessly away on their cameras.
Angelina Jolie, actress, filmmaker, humanitarian, wife and mother, announced last month that she had had her ovaries removed following her decision to have a double mastectomy in 2013; in doing so, she put ovarian cancer firmly on the news agenda.