Everyone has a different way of breaking the fast. Some like a cup of tea and a biscuit, others go for the traditional herring. A few brave souls end the fast with a shot of whisky. I can vouch for the fact that this makes you feel wonderful for about five minutes and then rather peculiar shortly afterwards.
Drugsline, the only charity working with drug and alcohol addicts within the community, collapses amid acute financial difficulties. Drugsline director Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin says: “I am devastated. The volunteers are calling in, bereft.” It later relaunches in a partnership with Norwood.
What Jewish mother is not concerned with what her offspring eats? Coming from a culture so concerned with its stomachs, most of us know how important it is to pass on to our children the enjoyment of preparing and consuming good food.
Countless articles tell us that the best way to achieve this is by setting a lifelong example to our kids about the value of communal eating.
Food is political – and nowhere are politics more evident that in The Gaza Kitchen, an everyday story of life and cooking in that narrow strip of fertility that separates the desert from the sea, served as a link between Europe and Asia and allowed Damascus to trade with Venice.
“The fish must be market fresh and the batter crisp and light. I have cod battered, but haddock in matzah meal, cod is just too thick for that. I like my chips dry and slightly crisp with lots of hot fluffy potato in the centre and only fried once. Malt vinegar, followed by salt, because if you put salt on first the vinegar washes it away.