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.


Church Synod vote in support of EAPPI motion

By Jenni Frazer, July 9, 2012

Backers of a resolution calling for support of a West Bank volunteer programme have scored an overwhelming victory at the General Synod of the Church of England.


Presbyterian Church Israel boycott motion defeated

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2012

A US church has voted against a motion to divest from businesses that work in Israel, after a heated internal debate.

The Presbyterian General Assembly, the largest such group in the US, defeated the divestment plan by a margin of just two votes. Had the motion passed, it would have meant that the General Assembly divested from Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Motorola.


The Medici Code: tales of medieval daring found in Hebrew manucript

By Jenni Frazer, June 28, 2012

It is a story which out-Dan-Browns Dan Brown, a tale of Italian mediaeval courts, spies, intrigue, and, at its heart, an extraordinary Jewish scholar, Abraham Ben Mordecai Farissol.


Church scheme only shows one side of Middle East debate

By Jon Benjamin, June 21, 2012

It’s a wet night in February. The local parish church is hosting a speaker, and as the clink of cups and saucers subsides and the last Hobnob is dunked, the audience is taken of a tour of the Holy Land.