Israel takes two steps forward and 100 years back

Column JN Nov 2 2018 by Jenni Frazer It has been a roller-coaster week for Israel and the Jewish world. Leaving aside the horrors of the shooting in Pittsburgh — at a place the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, David Lau, could not bring himself to describe as a synagogue — we have had interactions […]

  • 2 November, 2018

All you need to know, on one foot

Column for JN issue Oct 19 2018 by Jenni Frazer I’m not, as a rule, a great quoter of Jewish sages, but I couldn’t help offering this from Hillel, as the most apposite comment on a couple of weeks of turbulent events. Hillel said: “That which is despicable to you, do not do to your […]

  • 15 October, 2018

Where were the big beasts?

Column for the Jewish News Sept 3 2018 Column JN Sept 6 2018 by Jenni Frazer I spent Sunday at the Jewish Labour Movement conference — which was a bit, as they say, like the curate’s egg — good in parts. (Is there such a thing as a rabbi’s egg, I wonder anxiously? Perhaps best […]

  • 3 September, 2018

Events, dear readers, events

Column for Jewish News August 24 2018 I’m not keen on over-dramatising situations, but sometimes it’s useful to look at words attributed to Harold Macmillan, when asked what was most likely to blow a government off course — “Events, dear boy, events.” Let’s consider some of the most recent events. Dame Margaret Hodge MP gave […]

  • 21 August, 2018

Let’s hear it for the lawyers…

Column JN August 10 2018 by Jenni Frazer It is more than tempting, considering the week we have just had, to focus only on the lunacy afflicting the Labour Party. Every day — no, make that every hour — there is some new manifestation of antisemitic racism, primarily emanating from Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters, though not […]

  • 8 August, 2018

The circus moves on

Column Jewish News August 3 2018 The trouble with the lunacies in the Jewish world is that the whirligig effect is so strong. No sooner has one absorbed the most recent evidence of derangement than the circus has moved on, providing the greedy commentariat with fresh grist to its already over-stuffed mill. We are, I […]

  • 31 July, 2018

Bigotgate, and other examples

Column JN July 15 2018 Remember Bigotgate? Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown undoubtedly does, as his unguarded comments after meeting Rochdale widow Gillian Duffy in the 2010 general election arguably cost him the entire election. As it happens Mrs Duffy was commenting unfavourably — to Brown’s ears, at any rate — about Labour’s policy on […]

  • 19 July, 2018

Save the children

Column JN July 8 2018 Pious politicians and columnists alike have something in common — they praise action when it is “the right thing to do”. I will lay bets that almost everyone, across the political spectrum, is in agreement on one thing — the lousy state of Israel’s public image. Well, I have an […]

  • 5 July, 2018

How David Baddiel runs the world (not quite) and sends the Corbynistas crazy

Column for Jewish News June 8 2018 So, I had that antisemite in the back of my cab. And you know what I said to him? Do yah? Do yah? Nah, I don’t remember either. Tchaboom! I’m here all week. We know — at least we ought to know, because he never tires of telling […]

  • 4 June, 2018

Curses, curses, everywhere

Column for Jewish News May 10 2018 While, as we all know, Yiddish curses are the best, having a flavour and pungency that exists in no other language, the Chinese have their own collection of subtle nudges. One of the best-known is “may you live in interesting times”. Well, you’ll get no argument from me […]

  • 10 May, 2018