Lifestyle features

You want a happy marriage? Listen to us

By Robyn Rosen, April 28, 2011

Rabbi Michael Laitner runs the United Synagogue's Newlyweds Programme which helps couples learn practical Jewish approaches to married life. He has some advice which he thinks might be useful to a certain young couple who are tying the knot today: "An old Midrashic adage states that a groom is compared to a king as long, add the rabbis, as he treats his bride like a queen."


How not to work out at the gym

By Jacqui Kohen, April 14, 2011

Has the onset of spring made you hot-foot it into your local health club in a desperate attempt to acquire a physique to rival Jennifer Aniston's?


Footballers whose goal is peace in Israel

By Anne Joseph, April 14, 2011

A group of men and women in tracksuits and coloured bibs are dribbling footballs through cones, whooping and exchanging high-fives as they complete a circuit. It is a common enough sight on pitches up and down the country, but this training session, taking place at Brighton University's Chelsea School of Sport in Eastbourne, is different.


The Germans setting Shoah memories in stone

By Winston Pickett, April 7, 2011

Last month, on a sunny pavement in the Wilhelmsdorf-Charlottenberg section of Berlin, some 40 people solemnly gathered outside a block of tidy, well-scrubbed residential flats on Gieselerstrasse 12. They came to commemorate the memory of seven Jews who were rounded up by the Nazis and sent to their deaths in Auschwitz between 1942 and 1944.


My long road to fitness

By Louise Scodie, April 1, 2011

At the age of 26, Dena Ryness had been big for as long as she could remember. Having been a chubby child and pudgy teenager, Ryness was now a grown-up size 16-18 who had never exercised. She longed to wear trendy clothes but was resigned to being "the fat one" in her family.


No getting over it - the wall's a necessary evil

March 31, 2011

There you are, cruising along the crowded highway from Tel Aviv airport towards Jerusalem. Suddenly, slashing its way across the barren landscape to your left, you see it: a great, grey, concrete monstrosity, dividing creamy-white Jewish settlements from shabby Arab villages.


When it's healthy to get in a pickle

By Anthea Gerrie, March 25, 2011

What do film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Silverstone and Sarah Jessica Parker have in common with their ancestors in the shtetl?

Answer: the macrobiotic diet, which became trendy in the '60s but has plenty in common with Ashkenazi food.


Where Hitler's thugs are treated as heroes

By John Nathan, March 24, 2011

Latvia's Waffen SS were marching again last week. Their objective was more modest than the one for which the army of 140,000 Latvian men was formed by the Nazis in 1943. Then they were recruited to help Germany occupy the Baltics, advance on Leningrad and defeat the Soviet army.


Interview: Emma Forrest

By Brigit Grant, March 24, 2011

Jane Austen had a lucky escape. If she had written Sense and Sensibility today, a quick web search by those unacquainted with her work would reveal her to be a spinster who rejected her only suitor and still lived at home with her mother. "What could she possibly know about romance?", they would be chirping on Twitter.


Arm yourself with the skills to beat a hate attack

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

This month, Charlie Sheen badmouthed Chuck Lorre, the creator of his hit TV show, highlighting his Jewish roots by calling him 'Chaim Levine'. Then there was John Galliano's slurring rant about how much he loved Hitler. And Wikileaks founder Julian Assange allegedly told Private Eye that Guardian journalists were parts of a "Jewish conspiracy" against him.