Lifestyle features

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.


How I slimmed down on one hour's exercise a week

By Alex Kasriel, March 16, 2011

Over the past three years (apart from nine months during pregnancy) my weight has been at its lowest since teenagerdom. The weird thing is that, while I was trying to diet and exercise I languished at a weight two stone heavier than at present.


Tweeting? They're all @ it now

By Robyn Rosen, March 10, 2011

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He could have been the first Jewish President

By Tom Seymour, March 4, 2011

Instead of Barack Obama, it could have been Eliot Spitzer sitting in the Oval Office right now.

As Attorney General of New York state and then as Governor, Spitzer declared a crackdown on the very bankers who were the cause of the global recession, targeting their bonus culture, and proclaiming himself the "Sheriff of Wall Street".


The peace will hold, says Anwar Sadat's widow

By Brigit Grant, March 3, 2011

It is the photograph that means more to Anwar Sadat's widow than any other. A family portrait taken on the eve of the former Egyptian president's departure to Israel to address the Knesset on November 19 1977. A landmark moment for the Middle East, and for his wife who was convinced she would never see him again.


The British soldiers who helped Israel win in '67

By Duff Hart-Davis, February 25, 2011

In June 1967, Israel crushed Egypt in the Six Day War. However, what is less known was the part played by British mercenaries and Israelis who helped the Royalist forces confront the Egyptian-backed rebels in the civil conflict which ravaged the Yemen from 1962 to 1968.