Succot's spirit of thanksgiving

By John Sentamu, October 5, 2012

"We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the ground…" This is the time of year when succahs are built, lulavs are waved and, in churches and schools across the country, tins of baked beans and other produce are collected and distributed. What a fantastic time of celebration!


Should we listen to Christian music — and if so, how?

By James Inverne, September 28, 2012

Just because it's Christian music, doesn't mean that it isn't kosher.

I like to think that I have a voice. I mean, sure, that impression is magnified when I'm singing in the shower, where I can cover everything from a thunderous basso profundo to a limpid Schubert tenor (even - if I'm honest and making my way methodically through an opera scene while cleansing - the odd soprano moment).


‘Jesus is a monkey’ sprayed on Israel monastery

By Sandy Rashty, September 5, 2012

A CATHOLIC monastery in Israel was attacked by vandals on Tuesday.

The culprits sprayed anti-Christian graffiti messages on walls of the Trappist monastery at Latrun, west of Jerusalem, and set fire to its doors.

Police were called in by monks who put out the fire, which was believed to have been started at 3.30am.


Baptism of Jewish child: her grandfather speaks out

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2012

The paternal grandfather of a Jewish 10-year-old who was given a judge's permission to be baptised has spoken for the first time to reveal his family's sorrow and criticise the judge for the decision.

Judge John Platt told the child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, that she should be "baptised... as soon as your minister feels you are ready".


Religion is not a childish choice

By Deborah Levy, August 19, 2012

As a mother of two daughters aged 21 and 17, I sometimes cast my mind back to the things they so desperately wanted when they were 10. Among their many requests, I recall my eldest pleading to leave choir and my youngest demanding more ear piercings.


Judge right in conversion case

By Jonathan Goldberg, August 9, 2012

The case of the Jewish girl, "C", who wants to be baptised against her mother's will, has achieved great publicity this week, with criticism directed at the judge who ruled on it.

Judge Platt's decision is fact specific and creates no binding precedent whatsoever.


A bad judgment

August 9, 2012

The National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children has a series of useful guidelines relating to the age of consent, criminal responsibility and the like. It stresses the importance of listening to the wishes of the child. However, it goes on to say, "the authorities have a duty to act in the best interests of the child, which may mean contradicting their wishes."


Rabbis' rage after judge insists that a girl of 10 can convert

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

Rabbis have criticised a judge for ruling that a Jewish 10-year-old from Essex can convert to Christianity against the wishes of her mother and all four grandparents.


Jewish girl can be baptised despite mother's wishes

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2012

A ten-year-old child in Essex has been given permission by a judge to convert to Christianity against her Jewish mother's wishes.

Both parents of the girl, who cannot be named, are Jewish. But after the marriage soured, her father converted to Christianity and his children, the girl and a younger brother, could now do the same.


Turn this vile claim on its head

By Chas Newkey-Burden, July 27, 2012

As one who advocates formally and informally for Israel, I have heard the full gamut of misconceptions and slanders that are aired by those opposed to the Jewish state. Over time, my skin has thickened; people can throw whatever baloney they want my way.