A great deal of attention has been given over the past few years to the centenary of the First World War, etching afresh into the national consciousness the years 1914 to 1918. The presence of memorials listing the names of the dead, mostly young men, have long been landmarks. The swathe of poppies sprouting within the moat of the Tower of London in 2014 drew unprecedented crowds.
Doors are firmly shut as I wander the hushed corridors of Israel's oldest university, the Technion in Haifa, formally known as the Israel Institute of Technology. The hush is partly attributable to the fact that it's a holiday period on a campus normally accommodating 13,500 people.
"Try a bit harder," was the iconic punch that propelled Natalie Braier into the matchmaking ring. One Sunday morning in 2001, her 35-year-old cousin hosted a brunch at his new bachelor pad in London. In strolled a charming young lady who caught Braier's eye. The cousin said she didn't seem interested. "I think she will be. Just try a bit harder," she urged.
There are serious problems facing Jewish museums and galleries in Britain today. Some problems are practical: the wrong location, small numbers of visitors, not enough money. Others are more about the state of Jewish culture and identity.
The old lady sat down, the three books she had written neatly piled up on the table in front of her. The years five and six pupils of Naima JPS primary school filed in quietly, taking their seats on the chairs and floor. They looked on expectantly and waited for Eva Schloss - famously known as Anne Frank's stepsister - to start her talk.
The government will shortly announce a public consultation on its plans to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights. This may seem like dry semantics, of interest only to legal and constitutional techies, but nothing could be further from the truth.