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The perfect agony aunt? She makes chicken soup

By Hilary Freeman, March 12, 2015

You don't have to be Jewish to be an agony aunt, but it certainly helps. Look back over the media from the last century or so and you'll see that wherever there are people with personal problems asking for advice, there are Jewish women ready to dispense it.


Joining the canal crew misfits has seen my ansgt float away

By Joel Sanders, March 12, 2015

I live on a boat. I did not fall on hard times, I wanted to live on a boat. There must be other Jews living on the UK's canal system. It's just that I haven't met one yet. I live on a 60ft canal boat - not a Dutch barge or a yacht.


Larry David - the man I wish I was

By Stephen Pollard, March 12, 2015

I’m hoping that if I say Palestinian Chicken to you, it prompts thoughts not of sumac, za’atar and lemon but of the best 30 minutes of comedy ever. And if I say Ski Lift, it’s not Klosters or Verbier that spring to mind but Larry David pretending to be an Orthodox Jew.


Interview: Jill Shaw Ruddock

By Grant Feller, March 5, 2015

If the unstoppable human whirlwind that is Jill Shaw Ruddock gets her way – and one suspects that this is not an altogether rare occurrence – Britain's rabbis had better watch out. ''There are disused parts of synagogues, as well as churches, town halls, you name it, all over the country that need a purpose.


What makes the EDL’s former leader, who says he is a friend of the Jews, tick?

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2015

What do you really know about Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League who claims that he is an advocate of the Jews and Israel?


The reality of 'no-go' areas

By Grant Feller, February 26, 2015

In the past few days, I have been approached by three separate media organisations to help construct a feature based on the premise that there are "no-go areas" for Jews in Britain.

Clearly inspired by the extraordinary secret video recorded by journalist Zvika Klein as he walked through the streets of a Parisian suburb, the national newspaper, international website and the TV station all asked


How Magen David Adom showed me it's not about us and them

By David Curtis, February 12, 2015

I was saddened to hear of the death of Oxford historian Sir Martin Gilbert this week. If you haven’t read Israel: A History, you really should. I did 18 months ago and it is one of the reasons why, as a Jew living in England, I began to feel a much more profound connection to Israel.


Lost in Brick Lane's hipster shadows

By Josh Glancy, January 15, 2015

There is a sign on top of what used be to the Spitalfields Great Synagogue on Brick Lane that reads "Umbra Sumus", meaning "We are shadows". It is drawn from an Horatian ode, in which the venerable Roman poet coined the expression: "We are but shadows and dust".


Sylvia Rafael: the Mossad spy they buried twice

By J P O'Malley, January 9, 2015

During the autumn of 1962, a young South African schoolteacher called Sylvia Rafael was sitting in her apartment in Tel Aviv, relaxing after a hard day’s work. She happened to be reading The Jewish War by Josephus Flavius, when the phone rang unexpectedly.


Only now do I realise just how lucky we are

By Emily Maitlis, December 23, 2014