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Double talk in the Yom Kippur War

By Ahron Bregman, October 7, 2016

Many years have passed but the picture is still clear in my mind. I am sitting at the kitchen table with my mother. She's having chicken soup but I'm not. I'm fasting. Not to eat and drink for a whole day is no easy matter for a 15-year-old, and it's just past two in the afternoon. It's Yom Kippur, 1973, Israel. Then someone is calling my mum's name from under our balcony. I recognise the voice.


Why I’m fine with my secret inner Christian

By Susan Reuben, October 6, 2016

With the chagim upon us, my thoughts always turn - naturally enough - to the Harvest Festival at church.


Queen of the kitchen serving up treats for a new generation

By Josh Jackman, October 6, 2016

After a quarter of a century as a successful cooking expert, the author of 42 books and as the new Private Business Woman of the Year, Annabel Karmel could be forgiven for resting on her laurels.

Fat chance - so to speak. As well as writing her 43rd book, about finger-food and weaning babies, the champion of healthy eating has launched her eponymous company into the digital sphere.


How Tottenham became the 'Jewish' football team

By Martin Cloake and Alan Fisher, October 6, 2016

'We f---ing hate Tottenham and we hate Totten­ham." The spirit of hospitality extended to both home and away supporters hadn't spread to a gaggle of Sheffield United supporters as they spilled out of a popular pre-match venue before the League Cup semi-final in 2013.


Why is our community so unwelcoming?

By Hilary Freeman, October 5, 2016

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.


A very Jewish star act

By Jessica Weinstein, September 29, 2016

"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."


How our lives were changed at Yom Tov

September 29, 2016

I met my husband at Rosh Hashanah
Laura Blaskett, Atlanta

I was only a few weeks into my new job, for youth movement Young Judea. I'd moved from London to Boston, Massachusetts, so I was a long way from home.

My friend Alisa invited me to her parents' house for Rosh Hashanah.


Anshel Pfeffer on Shimon Peres

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 29, 2016

In any biography of Shimon Peres's life, the opening chapters alone would describe more landmark achievements than most successful politicians' entire careers.


Peres the husband: Private angst amid joy

By Nathan Jeffay, September 29, 2016

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.


Peres the Anglophile: A friend of Britain

By James Vaughan, September 28, 2016

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."