Grandmother, 63, put on eBay

By Robyn Rosen, June 18, 2010

When 63-year-old grandmother Sandi Firth asked her son to put her dining room table on eBay for her, she had no idea it was not the only thing he was planning to sell.

The next day he called to tell her that he had placed another item in the Collectibles category on the auction website - his very own "Yiddishe Momma".

James Doyan, a 38-year-old management consultant, said he decided to auction his mother, who lives in Leeds, after "having enough of her exploits in trying to find love".


Orthodox girls suspended for emailing

June 17, 2010

GIRLS at a strictly Orthodox high school in Manchester have been disciplined for breaking a pledge not to use the internet.

Beis Yaakov High School is understood to have taken action against pupils and to have excluded a number of girls. The voluntary-aided school, previously known as Jewish High, says it regards the internet "with great fear and suspicion".

A small number of Beis Yaakov girls are understood to have been subject to fixed-term exclusions in recent weeks after the school learned they had been exchanging emails.


Computer game to teach Middle East Peace

By Robyn Rosen, May 27, 2010

British schoolchildren are set to learn about the Israel-Palestine conflict thanks to a computer game devised in Denmark.

Global Conflicts: Checkpoints lets players take on the role of journalists reporting from the conflict.

The game is being used in more than 500 schools around the world. It has been designed for students aged 13 and above by award-winning company Serious Games Interactive, based in Copenhagen.

It is the second remake of Global Conflicts: Palestine, an educational game launched in 2007 that has been sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.


Click to buy

By Candice Krieger, May 27, 2010

A Tel Aviv-based private investor made history last week when he became what is believed to be the first Israeli to exchange contracts online to buy a UK investment property.

The transaction, which took place through London estate agent Singer Vielle Sales, took place via their online property service called Click to Purchase®.

Sounds like everything clicked.


Interview: Philip Rosenthal

By Simon Round, May 13, 2010

Philip Rosenthal treats people with addiction. However, his field is specific - he does not deal with drugs, alcohol or gambling but rather a compulsion which he feels is increasing exponentially.

The former United States police officer's speciality is addiction to technology. This usually takes the form of compulsive internet usage, although he has also treated addictive texters. "Basically," he says, "if it runs on batteries or plugs into the wall, I treat it."


Apple iPads allowed into Israel

By Jessica Elgot, April 26, 2010

Israel has lifted its embargo on Apple’s iPads after research showed the wireless signal from the gadget is not powerful enough to disrupt other devices.

Around 10 iPads were seized by security staff at Ben Gurion airport, where they were held for a fee until their owners left the country. It was thought that the devices emit a signal which was too powerful and could interfere with Israeli computers and other devices.

Israel’s Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon said that tests had proved the iPad was safe and imports would now be allowed.


Israel bans Apple's iPads

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2010

Israel has banned Apple iPads from entering the country, and has seized at least 20 of the high-tech gadgets at customs.

The US-built iPads, which function like a flat, touchscreen computer, are built to broadcast at higher power levels than those used in Israel, and thus could disrupt Israeli wireless connections.

Customs officials at Ben Gurion airport will look after the iPads, for a fee, until their owners collect them on their return home.


Orthodox: Naked airport scans 'a necessity'

By Robyn Rosen, March 18, 2010

The strictly Orthodox community has given its support to new airport security scanners which produce "naked" images, saying it "understands it is a necessity".

Manchester Airport trialled the invasive scanners before the government decided to implement them nationally in February, beginning with Manchester and Heathrow, after the attempt by the so-called "Underwear Bomber" to attack a flight to Detroit.

The scanners produce a three-dimensional image which can reveal concealed weapons and explosives, but the image also shows details of the passenger's naked body.


Mitzvah mobile: The iPhone app that checks your Jewishness

By Simon Round, February 25, 2010

It is said that there is an application for everything on the Apple iPhone. So what about an app to make you a holier Jew?

Well, now there is.

From America comes the mitzvah app - which is set to take the community by storm. The Orthodox world, which has traditionally been suspicious of digital technology, is embracing this development, although there is a minority that feels that the new app will herald a Big Brother culture in Judaism.


Israel's high-tech 'addiction'

By Candice Krieger, February 25, 2010

Israel is becoming addicted to start-ups, says Dr Ed Mlavsky, the founder of venture capital fund Gemini and credited as one of the five most influential people in the Israeli high-tech industry. He argues that Israel is home to an increasing number of "repeat entrepreneurs" - those who sell their original business but go on to inherit, establish and/or buy other ones.