When Larry David Lost the Plot

I’m a big fan of Larry David. Some might find that inappropriate for a Rabbi to say, but for all his crassness and his crudeness, he calls it as he sees it, and chooses the non-politically correct path in life. Like it or not, he’s a man after my own heart. But there’s a big[…]


Today we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim. More than 3000 years ago King David himself established Jerusalem as his undisputed Capital – long before anyone else contested it. Alas later we were exiled and for a lengthy period of time we remained without a homeland. Fifty years ago Jerusalem came back into our hands. To grasp how[…]

What Goes Up When Whatsapp Is Down?

It is said if you want to get your family around the dinner table together, just switch off the wifi in the house. The whatsapp outage last night caused pandemonium throughout the world. Without ticks appearing next to a sent message all sorts of paranoia kicked in. “Am I being ignored?” “Is there something wrong[…]


Miriam Peretz lost two sons battling terrorism in Israel. That’s how she sees it anyway. Others will merely argue they should never have been in Gaza or Lebanon. In other words, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. One man’s definition of murder is another man’s definition of martyrdom. How ironic was it therefore[…]

The Jewish Attitude Towards Refugees

The Midrash relates the following episode: In the days of the Roman Empire, in the city of Tzipori, a town just west of Tiberius lived a simple man named Yusta. He served as the local tailor, sitting and sewing all day at his spot along the main street of the town. During a visit to Rome,[…]

Ban the Banning

A number of years ago the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation made headlines in the Jewish press because they banned Masorti leader Louis Jacobs from receiving a call up to the Torah on the occasion of his grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. To be sure, this wasn’t their own decision. It came straight from the top of the then[…]