On the side of the angels?

Column for the Jewish News October 19 2017 We all like to think of ourselves as being on the side of the angels, I suppose, aligned with the good guys. Thus, evidently, the avalanche of opinions and “whataboutery” adorning every part of the media in the wake of the scandal over the repellent Harvey Weinstein. […]

  • 19 October, 2017

Sins of the son, not the father

Column for Jewish News September 19 2017 We are widely instructed not to visit the sins of the father upon the son, and, largely, most of us manage to obey that stricture. But how about the other way round, when the “sins” of the son reflect badly on the father or mother? I had cause […]

  • 19 September, 2017

All of a sudden…

Column for the Jewish News September 8 2017 Long ago I tried to get press tickets for Billy Joel in London, only to be told by a truculent press officer that Joel wasn’t Jewish. Imagine, then, my amusement — combined with horror — that the singer had appeared on stage in New York last week […]

  • 1 September, 2017

When it’s time to say sorry, just do it

Column for Jewish News March 21 2017 We know that war is appalling and sometimes terrible mistakes are made, errors of judgment, whatever you want to call them. But equally, sometimes, there is a time to know when to acknowledge such human errors, and quit while you are ahead. The trap into which apologists for […]

  • 21 March, 2017

Campus cut-ups

Column for Jewish News March 10 2017 It would take a heart of stone, Oscar Wilde once perceptively wrote, not to laugh at the death of Little Nell. And indeed Dickens’ mawkish description can only evoke hilarity these days as the inevitable shuffles into meltdown. So it is with part of the boycott student movement, […]

  • 7 March, 2017

Accentuate the positive

Column Jewish News by Jenni Frazer February 10 2017 It would be understandable — and almost forgivable — if much of the Jewish community were to take to its bed with a large duvet and a hot water bottle, with a note pinned on the cover: “Please don’t disturb me until this madness is over”. […]

  • 7 February, 2017

Let’s give the Lord something to laugh at

Column for Jewish News December 16 2016 As we shake off the almost unmitigated awfulness of the year 2016 — with the departures of, at the least, Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Victoria Wood, Shimon Peres, and even Fidel Castro from the world stage — I shudder slightly at what lies in store for us in 2017. […]

  • 14 December, 2016

Don’t cherry-pick the Holocaust

Column JN issue December 2 2016 by Jenni Frazer For reasons related to my career, I have, over the years, met a lot of Holocaust survivors. Despite suffering and witnessing some of the most horrendous cruelties known to man, what many of the survivors have in common is a tremendous joie de vivre, a determination […]

  • 28 November, 2016

A dog in the fight?

Column for Jewish News byJenni Frazer Nov 13 2016 “‘I’ve seen nations rise and fall. I’ve heard their stories, heard them all. But love’s the only engine of survival’’. Farewell, Leonard Cohen”. Nice tribute, huh, quoting from “The Future”, by LC himself? And where, of all places, does the tribute come from? Why, none other […]

  • 15 November, 2016

And now to Jewsplain

Column JN from Jenni Frazer Oct 16 2016 Readers may be familiar with the term “mansplaining”, wherein men seek to explain to women just what it is about the world they don’t understand — pretty much anything that emanates from Donald Trump appears to be mansplaining. I wonder if we can agree on the expression […]

  • 18 October, 2016