Race-hate gang attack Shabbat-stroll family

By Dan Goldberg, October 31, 2013

A family were viciously attacked by a gang of thugs as they strolled home after midnight after a Shabbat dinner.

The group, one woman and four men, all wearing kippot, were approached by eight teenagers in the Bondi area of Sydney on Friday and subjected to a volley of racist abuse.


Swarm of wasps makes Succot congregation take flight

By Simon Rocker, September 25, 2013

Worshippers were forced to flee Shabbat morning service when hundreds of wasps swarmed down from the roof of their shul.

The congregants, many elderly, came under attack as they arrived at the little Orthodox Machzikei Hadas synagogue in Dublin. Chazan Terry Walsh was stung before he could escape.


Shabbat still holy for alleged drug dealers

By Josh Jackman, September 11, 2013

A group of alleged drug dealers, charged this week by New York police, would stop selling their wares on Shabbat.

The men, who were arrested in April for selling heroin and prescription painkillers from their Brooklyn base, reportedly alerted customers to their observance via text.


MP to intervene in benefit row

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 1, 2013

An MP has intervened in the dispute over observant Jews being denied jobseekers allowance because they refuse to work on Shabbat.

In June, a Charedi man won a landmark appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions after he was told by a job centre in Prestwich, north Manchester, that he was not eligible for the allowance.


Burglar who struck on Shabbat gets six years

By Anna Sheinman, April 18, 2013

A burglar who stole precious Judaica from Jewish homes on Shabbat when he knew the owners could not use the phone to alert the police, has been jailed for six years.

James Williams, 53, committed five burglaries in Hackney, east London over two Shabbats in October last year, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.


How the eruv liberated families on Shabbat

By Simon Rocker, February 7, 2013

Every morning when I walk to the station on the way to work, I pass a tall green pole outside a pub. It is linked from the top to a second pole on the opposite side of the road by a slender, almost invisible wire. It looks like the training apparatus for a lightweight tightrope walker. You probably wouldn’t notice it from the surrounding lampposts if you didn’t know why it was there.


Rules for the Shabbat Olympics

By Neil Abrahams, July 26, 2012

Today, in case you hadn't heard, the London Olympic Games will commence.

To celebrate, and in recognition of the proximity of some of our shuls to some of the events, wouldn't it be fitting if we were to hold an "Olympic Shabbat" this weekend?


Wanted: a Kindle you can read on Shabbat

By Dr Harry Freedman, June 14, 2012

The Jewish relationship with books goes back to Moses. We are known as the People of the Book. So it’s a fair bet that Jews will play a significant part in the massive upheaval that the Kindle and other digital book readers are bringing about in the publishing world.


Chattering classes

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

By all accounts, the congregation at Western Marble Arch on Shabbat for a 250th anniversary service for the Western Synagogue proved to be a noisy bunch. It took a quiet reminder from Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks in the pulpit before the errant tongues finally came to rest.


Who will be the chief behind the Chief?

March 29, 2012

It's not usual for a columnist of my stature to debase himself by commenting on actual "news", but I feel I must throw my two shekels worth at the vexed question of the appointment of the next Chief Rebbetzin. Besides, it's hardly news any more.