Miriam Shaviv



South Africans back-pedal furiously on Goldstone

By Miriam Shaviv, April 16, 2010

Oh dear. The South African Jewish leadership has apparently only just realised how pressuring Richard Goldstone into missing his grandson's barmitzvah was going to play out in the wider community, and has scrambled into damage-limitation mode. Unfortunately, the letter being circulated by the SA Jewish Board of Deputies just does not do the job:

Dear Community Member

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On the exclusion of Zeida Goldstone

By Miriam Shaviv, April 16, 2010

Judge Goldstone, as everyone now knows, has effectively been barred from attending his grandson's barmitzvah following "negotiations" between the South African Zionist Federation and the Johannesburg shul at which the event was to take place. What pressure, exactly, was brought to bear on the family?

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Severely disabled, is she still a mother?

By Miriam Shaviv, April 15, 2010

An unprecedented, horrific legal dispute is coming up in LA.

Abbie Cohen Dorn, now 34, and her husband Dan, could not have children. After fertility treatments, she became pregnant with triplets. However, during the birth, she was left severely disabled, with brain damage, apparently unable to communicate except - her parents and therapists claim - by blinking.

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Why parents must vote Tory

By Miriam Shaviv, April 15, 2010

Over the past couple of weeks, countless families have experienced heartache and stress as the rejection letters from Jewish primaries dropped through their letterboxes. As usual, there are simply not enough places in our faith schools to accommodate all our children. And while some will doubtless find a school place over the coming weeks or months - often after much trauma - many others will be locked out of a Jewish education forever, to the detriment of our entire community.

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The Nazis' Hebrew-speaking dogs

By Miriam Shaviv, April 13, 2010

A bizarre (or should I say barking?) story in Ha'aretz on how the first dogs in the Austrian police and German army spoke.... Hebrew.

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Changing Anglo-Jewry: Readers' ideas

By Miriam Shaviv, April 13, 2010

During the month of March, I published a daily suggestion of  how to transform the British-Jewish community by a community figure. Now it's the readers' turn. I am extremely grateful for all the excellent suggestions which were sent my way. The following is a selection: 

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Distasteful

By Miriam Shaviv, April 12, 2010

Tomorrow, Brooklyn will have a new restaurant, called Traif.

The owner writes:

I am Jewish, although obviously not great at it. So, Traif is a restaurant that celebrates the foods that I love most, which just so happens to be the foods that I am not supposed to eat.  At Traif, we will feature pork and shellfish. Do you like bacon in everything, wish that your bowl of moules-frites would never end? Then, you might be very excited for Traif.

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Anat Kam: Heroine or opportunist?

By Miriam Shaviv, April 9, 2010

Some initial thoughts on the Anat Kam episode: 

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An ominous address

By Miriam Shaviv, April 9, 2010

The residents of building  #9 on Av Street* in Modiin have successfully petitioned to get their street name changed....

(Via Baila, a little belatedly)

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Mr Obama, the devil's in the details

By Miriam Shaviv, April 9, 2010

Two stories appeared this week indicating the President Obama is considering 'imposing' his own settlement on the Israelis and Palestinians: one by David Ignatius in the Washington Post and another in the NYT.

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Netanyahu cancels Washington trip

By Miriam Shaviv, April 9, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has cancelled his attendance in the nuclear summit in Washington next week, due to fears that Israel would be pressured to sign the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The summit, which will include 47 nations, is part of Mr Obama's agenda towards nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

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Anat Kam and the newspaper wars

By Miriam Shaviv, April 8, 2010

Oh, what fun The Jerusalem Post is having with the Anat Kam story. The paper is currently splashing the following headline across the top of its website: 'Cancel Haaretz subscriptions 'til military docs returned' (quoting MK Yisrael Hasson, former deputy head of the internal security service). Could they be less subtle?

Coincidentally, Hasson's reaction is nowhere to be found on the Haaretz site....

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Israel's mess: the real culprit

By Miriam Shaviv, April 8, 2010

Who has come off worse in the spat between Israel and the US over building in Jerusalem? There's not much to choose between the principals.

US President Barack Obama has confirmed that he is a bully, responding aggressively to weakness and snubbing allies while kowtowing to dictators and rogues. Worse, he shows little understanding of such Middle East realities as the constraints of Israeli coalition politics, the almost unanimous agreement among Israelis over the status of Jerusalem, and the connection between his rough treatment of Israel and escalating waves of Palestinian violence.

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10 things I love about the United Synagogue

By Miriam Shaviv, April 1, 2010

Sitting in shul over yomtov has been a rather difficult experience. And not only because it was crowded, long and the children's service turns my brain to mush - but because just a few weeks ago, I was publicly branded an enemy of the United Synagogue by none other than its president, Simon Hochhauser.  

Amongst the JC columnists, he told a US council meeting, “we find there is an antipathy towards what we stand for in Orthodoxy” (that is, he explained, modern Orthodoxy).

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Idea #20 - Focus on what unites us

By Miriam Shaviv, March 26, 2010

During the month of March, I have been publishing a daily proposal to transform the British Jewish community. The last idea seems like an appropriate note on which to end. It comes from Carolyn Bogush: Focus on what unites us.

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Idea #19 - Appoint rabbis who reflect their communities

By Miriam Shaviv, March 25, 2010

During the month of March, I will be publishing a daily proposal to transform the British Jewish community. Email your own idea (up to 350 words) to miriamshaviv@thejc.com

Today's idea comes from Neil Bradman: Appoint rabbis who reflect their communities

Let’s take rabbis seriously. So seriously that we only employ those whose views we think are correct.

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The unintended, and dangerous, consequences for Israel in east Jerusalem

By Miriam Shaviv, March 24, 2010

Leon Wieselthier - in a piece that deserves to be read in its entirety - explains why the Israelis trying to reclaim properties that used to belong to Jews in Arab east Jerusalem, pre-state, are opening a can of worms:

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Idea #18 - Create a website for Jewish women

By Miriam Shaviv, March 24, 2010

During the month of March, I will be publishing a daily proposal to transform the British Jewish community. Email your own idea (up to 350 words) to miriamshaviv@thejc.com

Today's idea comes from Marlena Schmool: Create a website for Jewish women

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The long arm of the Mossad

By Miriam Shaviv, March 24, 2010

The last paragraph of the NYT report on the UK-Israel passports crisis notes, by-the-by:

Officials in South Africa have said that several members of the Israeli hit team left Dubai for Johannesburg on a direct flight by Emirates Airline, the Dubai flag carrier, then flew back to various destinations in Europe before catching connecting flights back to Israel.

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