Miriam Shaviv



No-drama-Obama's 'rage' against Israel

By Miriam Shaviv, March 20, 2010

The Economist report on the current Israeli-US spat explains:

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Idea #15 - Merge some of our charities and community services

By Miriam Shaviv, March 19, 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 Karen Phillips: Merge some of our charities and community services

I want to share with you what is happening here in Manchester.

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Where matzahs come from

By Miriam Shaviv, March 18, 2010

Food writer Leah Koenig goes back into the mists of time to explore the origins of matzah:

The Israelites’ earliest breads were unleavened flatbreads or cakes made of roasted barley. The word “matzo,” Joan Nathan writes in “The Foods of Israel Today” (Knopf, 2001), is likely derived from the Babylonian ma-as-sa-ar-tum, meaning “barley.” “The barley was ground with a flat stone; the stone was then heated with a flint stone until it was hot enough to cook the bread,” she writes.

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Idea #14 - Hold joint events for JSocs and Islamic Societies every term

By Miriam Shaviv, March 18, 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 Jessica Elgot: Hold joint events for JSocs and Islamic Societies every term

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Mr Obama, stay out of internal Israeli affairs

By Miriam Shaviv, March 17, 2010

The inimitable Jeffrey Goldberg, over at the Atlantic, writes:

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Idea #13 - Create a virtual community

By Miriam Shaviv, March 17, 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 Rabbi Naftali Brawer: Create a virtual community

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'Worst US-Israeli crisis in 30 years': A self-fulfilling prophecy?

By Miriam Shaviv, March 16, 2010

So who is really to blame for the depth of the current crisis between Israel and America?

I received an original and smart answer today from none other than Rabbi Avraham Pinter, principal of Yesodei Hatorah school in Stamford Hill.

He suggested that at least part of the blame must be shouldered by the Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Oren.

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Idea #12: Turn Anglo-Jewry into a learning community

By Miriam Shaviv, March 16, 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 the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks:  Turn Anglo-Jewry into a learning community

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Idea #11: Turn Shabbat into the Greenest day of the week

By Miriam Shaviv, March 12, 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) tomiriamshaviv@thejc.com

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Idea #10: Focus on people, not institutions

By Miriam Shaviv, March 11, 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 Matt Plen: Focus on people, not institutions 

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Iran: The nightmare scenario

By Miriam Shaviv, March 10, 2010

The indispensible Coteret.com has translated part of Nahum Barnea's column from last Friday's Yediot - itself a summary of a study dealing with the possible scenarios that might follow an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, currently doing the rounds on the internet.

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Theodor Herzl, early photoshopper

By Miriam Shaviv, March 10, 2010

 

Here is a fabulous historical footnote I came across today.

In 1898, Theodor Herzl travelled to Palestine to meet German Kaiser Wilhelm II, where he showed him round a Jewish settlement (Mikveh Yisrael). On the day, David Wolfson - later Herzl's successor as the leader of the Zionist movement - was trusted with the camera, and indeed there is a famous photo of Herzl, holding his hat, greeting the Kaiser on a horse.

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Idea #9: Create an online platform for Jewish students

By Miriam Shaviv, March 10, 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 Alex Dwek: Create an online platform for Jewish Students.

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Arafat's eating habits

By Miriam Shaviv, March 9, 2010

Here is one of the more disturbing images I've come across. Ever.

In an interview with Yediot this weekend, Ehud Ya'ari, Israeli Channel 2's highly respected analyst for Arab Affairs, describes his last meeting with Yassir Arafat, three months before Arafat's death. Yaari went to visit him in the Muqata, and says (translation mine):

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The future looks bright for Orthodox women rabbis

By Miriam Shaviv, March 9, 2010

Hope you will forgive me yet another post on the subject of Orthodox women rabbis, but here goes.

On Friday, Rabbi Avi Weiss announced that the graduates of his women's ordination programme in New York will not, after all, be called 'Rabbas'. 

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Idea #8 - Appoint anti-antisemitism champions

By Miriam Shaviv, March 9, 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 Baroness Deech: Appoint anti-antisemitism champions

Anglo Jewry needs several more anti-antisemitism champions. 

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Idea #7 - Share our synagogues and community centres with other religions

By Miriam Shaviv, March 8, 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 Keith Kahn-Harris: Share our synagogues and community centres with other religions

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Idea #6 - A Succah in Trafalgar Square

By Miriam Shaviv, March 5, 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 Jonathan Boyd: A Succah in Trafalgar Square

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Do young American Jews understand the Middle East?

By Miriam Shaviv, March 4, 2010

A perceptive piece in the Boston Globe about why American-Jewish support for Israel is seen to be 'dropping'. Jesse Singal argues that it isn't dropping - rather, what it means to be 'pro-Israel' is changing:

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