Miriam Shaviv

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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Idea #17 - Create a UK Centre for Jewish Education

By Miriam Shaviv, March 23, 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 (my father) Paul Shaviv: Create a UK Centre for Jewish Education.

We could radically improve the quality of Jewish education by creating a UK Centre for Jewish Education.

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British-Israel crisis: Timing is everything

By Miriam Shaviv, March 23, 2010

The speculation that an Israeli diplomat is to be expelled from the UK (or perhaps has been expelled already?) has taken everyone by surprise.

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Enough Pesach recipes to keep you going until Shavuot... and beyond

By Miriam Shaviv, March 22, 2010

Consider this a public service announcement. Since I'm doing the research anyway - here are the Pesach recipes from some of my favourite food blogs...

-- Chef Levana Kirschenbaum's Seder night menu - with a heavy Moroccan influence . Yum, I think I might try some of those.

-- Baroness Tapuzina's recipes - this year and last.

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Idea #16 - Learn to talk to each other about difficult subjects

By Miriam Shaviv, March 22, 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 Ellen Goldberg: Learn to talk to each other about difficult subjects

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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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