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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

Conspiracies and delusions

Column JN issue September 23 2016 by Jenni Frazer From time to time, as everyone does, I get notifications on social media as to who has decided to follow me — though not those who have thrown down their linen napkins in disgust crying “I will follow her no more, sirrah!” This week, however, I […]

  • 23 September, 2016

When tolerance has a limit

Column for JN September 9 2016 by Jenni Frazer On the whole, and I hope you will agree, we are a pretty tolerant community in this country. We have more things in common than what divides us: we abhor antisemitism and we are getting better at denouncing it from whatever source. We’re also relatively sophisticated, […]

  • 11 September, 2016

We know bigotry when we see it

Column for JN September 9 2016 by Jenni Frazer On the whole, and I hope you will agree, we are a pretty tolerant community in this country. We have more things in common than what divides us: we abhor antisemitism and we are getting better at denouncing it from whatever source. We’re also relatively sophisticated, […]

  • 8 September, 2016

The mayor’s patience runs out

Column for JN by Jenni Frazer August 21 2016 Who said this, exactly a year ago? “I recognise that at the last mayoral election and at the general election, there were many Jews who felt they simply couldn’t vote Labour. Being a Jewish Londoner in 2015 is a challenge. I didn’t fully understand the scale […]

  • 24 August, 2016

Spielberg, Dahl, and the BUFG — Big Unfriendly Giant

By the time the celebrated children’s author, Roald Dahl, died in 1990, he was most certainly a splenetic and bad-tempered old man. Neither attribute can possibly excuse Dahl’s sustained and all-too-frequently uttered anti-Semitism, which found expression in a series of public outbursts in the 1980s but which, his biographer Jeremy Treglown recorded, may well have […]

  • 28 July, 2016

A bad case of Society Envy

Column for JN July 15 2016 I am just back from Israel with a severe case of SE, or Society Envy. It is not a comfortable feeling — but perhaps it gives me a better insight into how Israelis view other countries, through their particular prism. You know you have SE when you can’t afford […]

  • 17 July, 2016