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longer seen as human’ Shocking study reveals plight of Charedi women with mental illness A groundbreaking study published this week reveals the challenges faced by Charedi women sufffering with mental illness, writes Alex Davis. Research published by academic journal Mental Health, Religion & Culture highlights an attitude of secrecy and shame towards those with mental health conditions in the UK’s strictly-Orthodox communities, with instances of “dehumanisation” and the assignment of “lower social status” common themes revealed by participants. One woman said her mother’s depression diagnosis resulted in her family being “no longer seen as human” by the community. Another said Charedi communities per-
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ceived those with mental health difficulties as “damaged” and “weak”. In particular, the central concern of getting a shidduch (romantic match) led to female mental health problems being hidden away to avoid damaging marriage prospects. Mental health problems are also viewed as “disturbing the moral order” by not conforming to communal expectations of normality. The women warned that this promoted an unhelpful expectation of universal happiness among Charedim and rendered mental health difficulties inexpressible. However, Levi Schapiro, director of the Jewish Community Council, which represents Continued on page 4
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CST chief: ‘Anti-Semitism would rise under Corbyn’ There would be a rise in anti-Semitism if Jeremy Corbyn became prime minister, the founding chairman of the Community Security Trust (CST) warned this week. Gerald Ronson (pictured below) told YouTube channel J-TV that should the Labour leader (pictured right) get the keys to Downing Street, life would quickly become “more uncomfortable” for British Jews. “If Corbyn becomes PM, with the people he has around him, you’ll see an increase in anti-Semitism,” he said. This would, he added, “make it somewhat uncomfortable, or more uncomfortable, for Jews who want to live their lives in the UK as fully identified Jews, and not be uncomfortable if they were wearing a kippah or tzitzit as they walk down the high street without being attacked in some form or another”. In a wide-ranging interview, the businessman and philanthropist also spoke about fighting modern anti-Semitism, addressing its roots on the left, right, and in Islamism. “The modern CST is something I created,” he said. “I’ve been involved in fighting anti-Semitism for over 50 years,” but warned that “the enemy has changed”. He added: “The enemy is more sophisticated, the enemy is now the radicalised Muslim fundamentalist. It’s a much more complicated issue. Where we look at the left, they were our friends, 20 to 30 years [ago] in our fight against fascism.
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Now, of course, they’re antiZionist, they’re anti-Israel.” “And you’ve got the right, which has always been there. Although their focus is [now] most probably Muslims and black people, the Jew is always in the scenario.” Ronson, who is now chief executive of billion-pound property company Heron, which he joined at the age of 15, also gave tips on business, and an insight into his Jewish identity. He has “always been proud of being a Jew”, he said, but is “not a religious Jew”. He was, he said, “very proud to say my two oldest grandchildren live in Israel”, adding: “One is a lieutenant in the IDF. The other is an officer… it shows you that the gene is there continuing and it’s up to parents to educate their children about being Jewish.” Discussing his charitable work, Ronson said: “I certainly think people in society need to be more giving. If the Lord blesses us with the ability to make money, then we do have the responsibility to give it back to our society. That is why I’ve raised tens of millions. I’ve given away tens of millions to causes that take priority in the Gerald Ronson Family Foundation. “I ensure the companies I own give away considerable amounts of money and support charities, which are predominantly covering the areas of welfare, and assisting the under-privileged and education. “You can’t expect the government to cover all these issues because they don’t have the resources.” He also offered four tips to aspiring business people: “Focus, commitment, dedication and passion. If you don’t have a passion for what you want to do, I doubt you’ll succeed.”
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Britain’s first conference on medical cannabis takes place in London in October, with Israeli firms high on the guest list. CannaTech UK, the international Summit for Accelerating Cannabis Innovation, will take place on 25 and 26 October and features researchers, scientists, regulators, investors and entrepreneurs working in the world’s fastest-growing industry. The main event will take place in an old brewery in Brick Lane on 26 October,
with an investor’s symposium the day before. Economists predict the market will be worth tens of billions of dollars in the coming decade. “Interest from UK investors is at an all-time high,” said Saul Kaye, chief executive of iCAN:Israel-Cannabis. “Mothers are outraged over the lack of access to products for epilepsy, pain, and cancer treatments. As we have seen in other countries, this is one of the biggest drivers towards better access for patients.”
Board compared to book burners The Board of Deputies reacted angrily this week after an Israel critic and former senior member of left-wing group Momentum accused the Jewish representative body of “book burning”. Jackie Walker, who is currently suspended from the Labour Party, suggested the Board’s efforts to cancel Poster promoting the show her latest Scotland show was akin to the action of act’s historical connotations.” Nazis, saying: “[I] thought Walker made the remarks traditionally Jews were after accusing the Board of against book burning.” trying to have her Edinburgh On Monday, Board of Dep- Festival performance canuties’ vice-president Marie celled. Entitled The Lynching, van der Zyl said: “To com- the one-woman show feapare our intervention to book tures a monologue on Walkburning is shameful given this er’s anti-Israel campaigning.
BURY LABOUR OPPOSES LIVINGSTONE VERDICT The Labour Party in Bury South has passed a motion unanimously condemning the national party for not expelling Ken Livingstone. It follows a three-day party disciplinary hearing in April, during which a panel said his radio comments – suggesting Adolf Hitler was initially a supporter of Zionism – had brought Labour into disrepute, but chose to suspend him, rather than expel him. Members of Bury South constituency Labour Party (CLP) made known their views on the “deplorable” decision last Thursday, saying: “Our Party can only be credible if it
has a zero tolerance of racism.” The CLP added: “This branch deplores the failure of the party to expel Ken Livingstone over his antiSemitic remarks that have caused so much distress to our community, in particular its Jewish members. We call on the National Executive Committee to do so.” Councillor Jane Black, chair of the north-west region of the Jewish Labour Movement, said: “It is comforting to know that the Bury South CLP stands shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish community in opposing all forms of anti-Semitism.”
Orthodox school buys £6million Hendon shul A strictly-Orthodox boys’ school has bought Hendon Reform’s former shul for more than £6million. The building on Danescroft Avenue, which housed a synagogue and nursery, became surplus to requirements after the shul voted to merge with Edgware and District Reform Synagogue, and was put up for sale with a guide price of £5 million. Demographic change played a part in the sale,
with only about 10 percent of Hendon Reform’s members still living in the area, according to congregants. With more than 30,000 sq ft of floor space, there will be plenty of room for the new owners, believed to be Talmud Torah Tiferes Shlomoh, an independent Chasidic school operating currently in Golders Green, which was deemed to be ‘failing’ by Ofsted inspectors during their last visit.
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Uni refuses to move Irving books More than 3,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Manchester University to remove books by Holocaust denier David Irving from library shelves. The petition, launched by the North West Friends of Israel, says: “Leaving Irving’s books on open display is a threat to the safety of Jewish students and staff at a time when anti-Semitic hate crime is on the rise across Europe.” The campaign is backed by
Dr Irene Lancaster, Manchester University’s first teaching fellow in Jewish history, as well as Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Disgraced historian Irving ((pictured) (pictured pictured)) lost pictured a legal battle against American historian Deborah Lipstadt, having sued for
libel after she described him as a “Holocaust denier”. The university has refused to pull the books from the library shelves, citing freedom of speech and the stance of 20 other leading educational institutions. Last week, it also declined a compromise suggestion by Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) to label them ‘Holocaust Denial’. However, Churchill College at Cambridge and University College London have both now reclassified Irving’s works, either moving them to ‘closed access’ areas or
inserting disclaimers inside the books. Lancaster said her work in the study of Jewish history was in part about establishing the difference “between fact and fiction, myth, historiography and history”. On the petition, she added: “The signatories at least understand the pain that Manchester University is causing the Holocaust survivors and their families who live in the city as well as the duty of universities, like everyone else, to abide by this country’s laws on incitement
to hatred and definition of anti-Semitism.” Lancaster, who has worked at Yad Vashem, met the university’s associate vice-president for social responsibility, professor James Thompson in April, but to no avail. Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “Thanks to debate and discussion about the Holocaust, academics have furthered our understanding of this time period – but Irving is not in that category. Denial and distortion is offensive and anti-Semitic.”
‘Nazi’ talk dropped on Mossad ‘role’ in Diana death A meeting in Holborn where participants were planning to discuss how Israelis ‘murdered’ Princess Diana was cancelled on police advice this week. The Keep Talking group, whose participants include neo-Nazis, antiSemites and Holocaust deniers often dubbed “Nazis in suits” by anti-fascist campaigners, was to discuss conspiracy theories surrounding Diana’s death at
the Millman Street Community Centre yesterday. On Tuesday morning, however, organisers were told by the venue that the centre was withdrawing the hire of the room, which cancelled the meeting. According to Keep Talking’s Ian Fantom, the centre was acting “on police advice”. The event was due to involve several
figures known for their extreme farright views and support of conspiracy theories, including London Forum organiser Jeremy Bedford-Turner, who this week claimed “Mossad murdered Diana to stop her supporting the Palestinian cause as Dodi [Fayed, Diana’s partner at the time] wanted her to”. Gerry Gable, the long-serving editor of anti-fascist Searchlight magazine,
said Keep Talking “has its roots among American anti-Semites who spread the story that the ‘Jews’ were behind the 9/11 attacks.” He said: “They put out the line that Jews employed in the Twin Towers were secretly ordered by the people behind the attack that they should not go to work on the day of the attacks… It was obviously easily disproved.”
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PROJECT TO KICK RACISM OUT OF ISRAELI FOOTBALL A new project addressing racism in Israeli football launched in London this week. Team of Responsibility is part of New Israel Fund’s Let’s Kick Racism and Violence out of Israeli Football programme, an initiative of Kick It Out Israel. Eleven players – representing all of Israel’s communities – will promote values of social and community responsibility, working for joint living and coexistence to eliminate racism from the pitch.
TRIAL DATE SET FOR MAN ACCUSED OF ‘RACE HATE’ SPEECH A trial date has been set for a man accused of stirring up anti-Semitic hatred in two speeches. Jack Renshaw, 22, is said to have committed the public order offences during a demonstration by the far-right group North West Infidels in Blackpool last year and at a speech at the Yorkshire Forum for Nationalists in North Yorkshire. He is alleged to have made derogatory comments about Jewish people. His trial is set for 2 January.
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HEBRON SHOOTER AZARIA ENTERS MILITARY PRISON The Israeli soldier convicted of shooting a downed Palestinian terrorist entered military prison this week to begin serving his 18-month sentence. Elor Azaria arrived at a military base in the centre of the county on Wednesday, a day after his request was denied to delay the beginning of his sentence until IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot decides whether or not to commute his sentence. The appeals court upheld his conviction and sentence last week.Supporters cheered him as he exited his car.
MEMORIAL TO CHILD SHOAH VICTIMS IN FRANCE IS SMASHED A memorial to child victims of the Holocaust has been vandalised. A plaque bearing the names of 44 children and seven adults deported in 1944 from the Children’s Home of Izieu in eastern France was knocked off its base in a public garden in Lyon and smashed. Most of the children were killed in Auschwitz.
Teva crisis could hit NHS Experts this week expressed concern after a substantial drop in the value of the Israeli drugs company that supplies many of the NHS’s drugs. The share price of Teva, a national economic champion, has fallen by 46 percent in recent days, wiping almost $13 billion (£10 billion) off its value and prompting big US banks and international rating agencies to downgrade it. The dramatic slide began late last week following a joint move by America’s main pharmacy chains to drive down prices of generic drugs. Teva immediately lost a third of its worth on the New York Stock Exchange and, on Sunday, it lost another 18 percent in trading in Tel Aviv. The company recently reported net losses of $6 billion in the second quarter, and cut its dividend by three quarters, causing anxiety in Israel, where it makes up about seven percent of the stock exchange and features prominently in many pension portfolios. Teva bosses say they are now planning to cut 7,000 jobs and have cancelled the construction of a new head office in Ra’anana, after buying the site
Ailing: Israeli drugs company Teva has fallen in value by 46 percent
for $200 million two years ago, as they seek to regain investor confidence. Founded in 1901, the company earned the nickname “the nation’s share”, but last year it purchased Actavis, a rival, for $40 billion, loading itself up with $35 billion of debt. Investors now fret that this debt will prove to be unserviceable, posing the very real prospect that the company could go bust.
“Certainly it would have a confidence impact, but the economy itself wouldn’t take much of a hit,” said the Daily Mail’s city editor Alex Brummer .“It overstretched itself and is now paying the price. It is a worry. You need enough cash flow to service the debt. “Companies can borrow at a low interest rate, but there’s obviously lots of problems with the company it
bought. Losing 46 percent of its value is a very substantial drop.” Brummer said Teva’s vast size relative to the Israeli economy meant that “it does become more serious”, but that “Teva operates in generic drugs, when patents expire – it is not at the cutting edge of where Israel is”. Hugo Bieber, chief executive of UK-Israel Trade, downplayed concerns, saying: “Individual bumps and knocks are inevitable from time-totime and we don’t see a knock in the share-price having any correlation with their exports to the UK.” The NHS, which is understood to buy up to one in six of its drugs from the company, was asked about any potential impact in the UK, but declined to comment.
Charedi mental health stigma SWASTIKA TOPS REMOVED Continued from page 1 sectors of the Charedi community in Stamford Hill, said: “We now have more help available than ever before – mental health is an issue that the community has taken very seriously. “The community is always open to new ideas to improve the quality of mental health care. However, if one does not want to accept help, there is only so much we can do.” The authors argue attitudes towards mental health in Charedi communities are changing and acceptance is increasing, although progress remains slow. The research was conducted for Mental Health Religion and Culture by Dr Charlotte Whiteley and Dr Kate Gleeson, both from the University of Surrey, alongside professor Adrian Coyle from Kingston University London. The academics conducted detailed interviews with four Charedi women over the age of 18 with diagnosed mental health difficulties. They explored how their communities responded to their mental health problems and how these responses affected the ways in which the women thought about themselves and their relationships with their community. Coyle said: “We anticipated that the women’s accounts of living with mental health conditions were likely to include experiences of stigma and discrimination... “Nonetheless, we were taken aback to hear the women speak about how difficult it was to live with mental health problems in a tight-knit, fairly insular community and how this hampered them in finding ways to cope, seek help, and manage the consequences of the stigma within their community.” He added that the research pointed to the
ongoing need for carefully-devised strategies to reduce stigmatising attitudes to people with mental health conditions in Charedi communities. “It also acts as a reminder that we must continue to develop resources to respond effectively to the mental health needs of Charedi community members,” he said. The authors argue this must be achieved by working with credible community members. Rabbis in particular are highlighted as advocates for educational initiatives, due to their pastoral roles in Charedi communities. The Jewish Association For Mental Illness’ [Jami] chief executive Laurie Rackind agreed, saying: “While there are no doubt additional obstacles to combating stigma in the Charedi community around mental health, the landscape is changing. An increasing number of Charedi organisations are acknowledging the need to address this issue and are reaching out for the training, support and appropriate resources which Jami is offering.”
A controversial swastika sweatshirt intended to change perceptions of the Nazi symbol has been removed from sale following Jewish News’ intervention. KA Design apologised for offence caused after it ran a line of sweatshirts, which placed the symbol on a rainbow background and included the words, “peace”, “zen” and “love”. The swastika – adopted as the symbol of the Nazi party – is still synonymous with the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and racial hatred. The clothing company has apologised for attempting to rebrand the symbol back to its original roots as a 5,000-year-old good luck symbol used in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. “We believe in a world of neverending kind-
KA Designs said it ‘reclaimed’ the symbol
ness and infinite forgiveness: we forgive and we ask to be forgiven,” it told Jewish News. The products are no longer on sale after its campaign was disabled by the online retailer Teespring, which had stocked the tops.
Dave thanks community A London-born man who made aliyah before being told he was dying of cancer has thanked Jewish News readers for helping his family raise much-needed funds. Dave Kay, 32, a tour guide and father of two-year-old Noa, was told last year that his lung cancer was incurable, which the family described as “devastating”. He has never smoked and leads a healthy lifestyle. Appealing for help through Jewish News last week, the family were stunned to see that more than $100,000 (£77,000) was pledged within days to help them, and this week thanked all those who had contributed.
“In less than a week, we have managed to reach our goal and you have given us a chance to #SaveDave.” The family had asked for help with costs not covered by their health insurance, such as advanced tests in the US, second medical opinions and conferences. A former member of Woodside Park shul whose mother sings in the Zemel choir, Kay grew up in London and was a member of youth movement HaNoar HaTzioni. He chaired the Jewish Society at Leeds Metropolitan University, before making aliyah in 2008, where he now lives on Kibbutz Ginosar on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
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Cemetery status / Jewish TV / News
Willesden Jewish cemetery is granted protected status Gothic-style buildings at Willesden Jewish cemetery have been granted protected status to mark 70 years since the system was set up. The United Synagogue has welcomed news that the north-west London site has been given Grade II status alongside five other historical buildings across the UK. The site contains the graves of a number of historical Jewish figures, and is the first of the US’ cemeteries to receive the recognition. Among those buried there are Julius Vogel, the first Jewish prime minister of New Zealand; Lionel de Rothschild, the first Jewish Member of Parliament; Jewish scientist Rosalind Franklin who helped to discover DNA; Hannah Rosebery, once the richest woman in the world, and Jack Cohen, founder of Tesco. Speaking about the announcement, US director responsible for burial David Kaplan said: “I’m delighted our beautiful Willesden Cemetery has received this recognition from Historic England. “Willesden Cemetery contains many significant figures and a wealth
The entrance to Willesden Cemetery and, right, one of the graves
of history which is now protected and as a result will ensure we can continue to showcase the Jewish contribution to British society for generations to come.” US, which runs the cemetery, was given more than £320,000 in 2015 to restore the cemetery, one of London’s most important Victorian Jewish landmarks. The protected status system was started as an emergency “salvage list” to protect significant places
during post-war reconstruction. The most recent announcement was made by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England. The other four sites granted protected status include a London cabbie shelter which was erected in 1906; Underhill, an underground house built in 1973; Stockton-onTees wireless station in County Durham, and Pillwood House in Truro, Cornwall.
JBD BUILDS £7M PROPERTY Jewish Blind & Disabled this week held a breaking ground ceremony as work began on a new £6.7m development. The 19 mobility apartments in Bushey Heath will comprise of onebedroom apartments, two-bedroom apartments, a roof terrace and state-ofthe-art communal areas. Chief executive Hazel Kaye said: “We’re constantly looking for new sites that will enable us to build more of our vital developments.” Chairman John Joseph added: “I’m delighted that we’ve broken ground on another new development, which is vital to meet the growing demand for independent living within the Jewish community. This will help
satisfy some of this demand.” Hazel and John were joined at the ceremony by JBD president Malcolm Ozin (pictured above), who has been with the charity since its first development opened 48 years ago.
Made in Stamford Hill Move over Made in Chelsea – here comes The Jews of Canvey Island, a TV documentary following the relocation of Chasidic Jews from north London to “the most English place in Britain”. The forthcoming BBC programme, which claims “unique access” to the strictly-Orthodox community, follows the families’ relocation from Hackney to the greener pastures of Canvey Island, Essex, seeking more affordable housing.
Announcing the programme this week, documentary makers said: “The show follows Chris Fenwick, island native and manager of rock band Dr Feelgood, as he organises a joint dinner party for both communities with social integration at the top of the menu.” Viewers will learn whether the islanders end up tucking into kosher food and whether Chasidic wives bite the bullet and agree to sit next to island men, as the film-crew shows the process of integration – or lack of.
Jewish News 10 August 2017
News / Media stunt / News briefs
Jewish comedian paints antiSemitic tweets outside Twitter Slurs including “Jewish Pig”, “Let’s gas some Jews together” and “Gays to Auschwitz” were spray-painted outside Twitter’s head office this week to shame the social media giant into confronting anti-Semitic abuse. Dismayed by the company’s failure to censor offensive tweets, Jewish comedian Shahak Shapira daubed hate messages that remain undeleted on the site outside the firm’s German head office in Hamburg. Shapira has produced a YouTube video to highlight his protest called ‘#HEYTWITTER’, in which he claims he has reported almost 300 foul tweets so far this year, but has only have received nine responses from Twitter. During the video, he says: “The statements I reported weren’t just plain insults or jokes, but absolutely serious threats of violence, homophobia, xenephobia, or Holocaust denial. Things no one should say and no one should read. If Twitter forces me to see those things, then they’ll have to see them too.” His video, which has been viewed more than 60,000 times, shows passersby calling the graffiti “racist, misogynic,
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AUTISM-FRIENDLY SHABBAT SERVICE Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue is planning its first autismfriendly Shabbat service, scheduled ahead of Rosh Hashanah. Rabbis and educators decided to design a “neuro-diverse” service aimed at children with special needs on 16 September, after shul members at the new Gesher School teamed up with the Office of the Chief Rabbi. Lior Harel, Gesher’s head of Jewish studies, plans “to make the service the very best it can be”.
Shahak Shapira outside Twitter’s German head office in Hamburg
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inhuman” and “disgusting”, but a “good idea” in terms of highlighting Twitter’s inaction in tackling hate. The five-minute clip also shows some of the graffiti being cleared up, while other tweets are left untouched. Shapira remarks that this “fits well with Twitter’s policy of cleaning in front of their own door, and leaving the rest to be someone else’s problem.” Shahak Shapira previously caused controversy by producing a “Yolocaust” website, to highlight tourists’ insensi-
Graffiti resembling the work of elusive British artist Banksy has appeared on Israel’s security barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. It is not clear if the work was done by Banksy or an admirer. One drawing shows US President Donald Trump hugging and kissing an Israeli watchtower in the barrier. In another, Mr Trump is depicted wearing a kippah. A cartoon bubble next to him says: “I’m going to build you a brother.”
tivity at sites of Shoah memorial. He created the stunt after seeing thousands of selfies and other photographs of young, smiling people posing on the tributes to Europe’s six million murdered Jews on social media. The project consisted of a series of photomontages showing people striking poses, taking selfies and even juggling at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin before the background changes to show them posing amid piles of murdered victims have gone viral on the internet.
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Special report / Top drawer business
Funny future is on the cards for Tamar’s infant company
amar Klaus has been in business for only six months — but her company, Bella Jacob, has just been chosen as the first and only Jewish brand at the prestigious Top Drawer design show in London, writes Jenni Frazer. Bella Jacob is a stationery and gift company with a difference. All the products, from greetings cards to wrapping paper and notebooks, have a flash of Jewish humour, whether in the use of Yiddish or a jokey phrase
which strike an instant chord with Jewish and non-Jewish buyers. Tamar [pictured, right], who lives in Manchester with husband Daniel Frieze, named her company after her grandparents. “The original Bella and Jacob, my Safta and Saba, were from Riga in Latvia and fled to Israel before the war,” she recalls. Their son, Tamar’s father Gideon Klaus, came to Britain and is still, at 80, the executive director of the North West British Israel Chamber of Commerce.
Tamar says she takes her work ethic from her family. “Saba and Safta always told us that we should be proud of our Jewish, British and Israeli heritage. “I’ve tried hard to follow that by creating products steeped in a rich history and making them from the very finest of British materials – card stock from British paper mills, linens from Lancashire and bone china from Stoke-on-Trent.” The Bella Jacob cards are a cute mix of contemporary typography
and Jewish idioms. One best seller card is addressed to “The Undisputed Queen of the Friday Night Dinner”, although Tamar admits she can no longer send it to her friends – “for fear of broiges!” Batmitzvah cards feature, with an actual bat, while there are Jewish mother cards, Mensch cards, and even Oy Vey cards, for occasions when no other phrase will do. The Top Drawer show at Earl’s Court next month features the best in design and gifts from around the
world, and is a must-visit event. New companies get the opportunity to attract buyers and Tamar was told when she was picked to exhibit there has never been a Jewish brand on display – so she is a trailblazer. Tamar plans to roll out more products in the coming months, from mugs to aprons and tea towels. She says: “Jewish jokes are just the gift that keeps on giving. I can’t think I’ll ever run out of things to say.” www.bellajacob.com
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Likud holds rally to back Bibi as corruption probe deepens The Likud party was due to host a rally in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening, amid major developments in the corruption probes against its party leader and premier. A poster for the event, scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv, pledged that all Likud ministers and party MKs would be present. It invited the Israeli public to attend. Ari Harow, a former key associate of the prime minister, has signed a deal to turn state’s witness, one day after police explicitly said for the first time that the investigations involving Netanyahu revolve around “bribery, fraud and breach of trust”. With Netanyahu facing increasing pressure, as police appeared close to recommending indictments in two corruption investigations against him, several Likud
ministers swiftly came to his defence, but many chose to stay out of the fray. Hebrew media reported that police would recommend filing indictments against Netanyahu in two cases — Case 1000 and Case 2000 — as the investigations appear to be strengthened by “significant material” provided by Harow, the prime minister’s former chief of staff. A police recommendation does not carry legal weight. It is for state prosecutors to decide whether to press charges. In Case 1000, Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors, most notably hundreds of thousands of shekels’ worth of cigars and champagne from the Israeli-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan. Case 2000 involves a sus-
pected illicit quid pro quo deal between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes that would have seen the prime minister work against a rival daily, the Sheldon Adelson-backed Israel Hayom, in return for more favourable coverage from Yedioth. Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing. A Channel 10 poll published on Sunday indicated twothirds (66 percent) of Israelis believe Netanyahu should resign if indicted for corruption, and just over half (51 percent) said they don’t believe his protestations of innocence. According to the survey, the governing Likud Party would come out ahead of the other political parties in a general election — with or without Netanyahu at the helm. Editorial comment, p12
ISRAEL TO OUTLAW AL JAZEERA Israeli spyware behind Mexico hack FOR ‘NAZI-STYLE PROPAGANDA’ Israel is to ban Al Jazeera Lieberman describing it from operating in the country as “Nazi Germany-style” as well as in the Palestinian propaganda. territories, revoking journalQatar, which state funds ists’ credentials and closing the channel, said the netthe station’s office. work’s editors are guilty The announcement folonly of giving the Palestinlows a threat to do so from ians a voice. Prime Minister Benjamin British Jewish group Netanyahu last month, in Yachad expressed conwhich he blamed the Qatarcern. “While Al Jazeera’s based network for links to reporting is sometimes terrorist groups. slanted in ways many find Communications min- The channel is funded by Qatar problematic, it is far less ister Ayoub Kara said Israel damaging to Israel’s democwould follow the lead of Jordan, Egypt, the racy and reputation than attempts to restrict United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, who press freedom,” said a spokesman. banned Al Jazeera as part of a dispute with Qatar. Amnesty International added its voice to the Israeli leaders have long criticised the net- criticism, saying it was “a brazen attack on media work’s coverage, with Defence Minister, Avigdor freedom”.
Charedi party wants ‘kosher electricity’ The Charedi United Torah Judaism Party has proposed a plan to deliver so-called “kosher” electricity to largely Orthodox areas on Shabbat. Under the plan, small power stations would be built to power the cities and towns and would be disconnected from the national grid on Shabbat. The Charedi community has been uncomfortable with
the delivery of electricity from Friday night until Saturday night for some time, saying that even if the electricity in their homes is controlled by a timer, there are Jews working at the power stations and on the natural gas stations that produce the electricity on Shabbat. Under the plan, the plants would be powered by compressed natural gas and would
be manned by non-Jews. Among the cities that would benefit from the plan are Jerusalem and Bnei Brak. An unnamed source has been cited as saying that because Benjamin Netanyahu needs to maintain a stable government coalition while he is under corruption investigations, the plan is likely to be approved. [JTA]
Israeli spyware was behind an attempt to hack into the phones of Mexican anti-government campaigners whose family members were killed in 2015, researchers have revealed. The Pegasus surveillance software, which is only sold to governments, was found to have been trying to infect iPhones belonging to Mexican campaigners who say their friends and relatives were tortured and murdered by the Mexican government. The targets were two Mexican lawyers and human rights campaigners representing the families of a journalist, a women’s rights activist and three other women who were killed in the Narvarte area of
Mexico City. The journalist, Rubén Espinosa, is believed to have been tortured, having been found with severe facial injuries. NSO Group, the Israeli company behind the spyware, was set up by three men, thought to be former elite Israeli soldiers involved in signals intelligence. The Herzliyabased company says it provides governments with technology “that helps them combat terror and crime,” but critics say its malware is actually used to target human rights activists and journalists. Forensic digital analysts at Citizen Lab, an NGO based at the University of Toronto, and Lookout, a San Francisco-
based company, say NSO Group software has previously targeted Mexican scientists and public health officials who support a ‘soda tax’ to reduce childhood obesity. Among others to allege illegal surveillance were investigators who examined the mass killing in 2014 of 43 Mexican students, who had been on their way to commemorate the murder of fellow students by Mexican soldiers in 1968. Typically, access is gained through an infectious link which, when clicked on, allows someone to ‘listen in’ on calls and messages. The result is known as a ‘jailbreak,’ and Pegasus has been called “the most invasive mobile spy kit”.
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Israeli police officers clashed with strictly-Orthodox Jews this week during an operation to arrest those suspected of attacks on strictly-Orthodox soldiers in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Meah Shearim. Police said: “We will work hard against anyone who chooses to attack uniformed personnel.”
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Moving milkshake / News briefs / World news NEWS IN BRIEF
JEWISH REGGAE STAR IN ONSTAGE SCUFFLE Jewish reggae star Matisyahu has been seen in a video pushing two teenage athletes off the stage at a concert in Alabama during the opening ceremony of the JCC Maccabi Games. The incident took place on Sunday night at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Bartow Arena. Some two dozen Maccabi athletes joined the singer onstage during his concert and were not stopped by security. Matisyahu reportedly became angry when one of the teens knocked off his hat.
EISNER TAKES OVER AT PORTSMOUTH FC Former Disney chief executive Michael Eisner has completed his takeover of Portsmouth FC. The Tornante Company, headed by Eisner, has been conducting due diligence and has now finalised a deal to purchase the Sky Bet League One club for a reported £5.67 million. Eisner, born into a New York Jewish family, and his three sons, Breck, Eric and Anders, will make up the board at Fratton Park along with Andy Redman, president of Tornante, and the club’s chief executive Mark Catlin.
Drink travels 400 miles for a dying patient’s final wish There is nothing like a good friend and a good milkshake. In a Facebook post that has been shared more than 1,200 times, and liked and loved nearly 4,000 times, a man explained how he helped to fulfil a dying friend’s wish for a cold and refreshing taste of home. Emily Pomeranz, 50, was in hospice with pancreatic cancer when her former school friend and fellow Ohio resident Sam Klein visited her and asked if she needed anything. “I wish I could have one more Tommy’s mocha milkshake,” Emily told Sam, referring to an iconic restaurant in a largely Jewish suburb of Cleveland. Klein said he contacted the 47-year-old restaurant’s owner, named – you guessed it – Tommy, last name Fello, in an effort to grant Emily one of her last wishes. Lots of dry ice, a frozen mocha milkshake, a £100
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Two Chinese tourists who took photos of each other making the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute while visiting Germany are having a lesson in the do’s and don’ts of foreign travel, after being arrested. The men face up to three years in jail for ‘using symbols of illegal organisations’.
Emily and her milkshake, from Sam Klein’s Facebook page
delivery bill and nearly 400 miles later, Emily had her milkshake. Her wide smile and the milkshake can be seen in a photo Sam posted on his Facebook page. Emily died last week. “Seeing her in that picture was just something else. What a reward,” Tommy Fello said. “I was so happy it worked. I wasn’t sure how it was going to and Sam called
and said it did. We called it the ‘Milkshake Mission’.” Sam added: “She got a lot of momentum out of being able to enjoy something as special as a childhood nostalgic milkshake, and the fact so many people were smiling about her.” “Emily would love the fact that she’s making people feel good even though she’s not here with us any more.”
The island nation of Cape Verde has listed its Jewish cemeteries and a number of other buildings with historic Jewish links as heritage
sites, meaning they cannot be destroyed or altered. The government hopes they will eventually be marked in a Jewish heritage circuit for tourists to the Atlantic island.
Two Israeli footballers playing for Hapoel Petach Tikvah were injured after Polish fans rushed the pitch at the end of a game and laid into the opposing team. The incident came after the Israelis beat MKS Ceichanow in a ‘friendly’. The club said the attackers were fans of Legia Warsaw. Thousands of people marched in Jerusalem under heavy security in the city’s 16th annual pride parade. Some 22,000 people took part according to police estimates, under the eye of 1,000 police and border patrol soldiers.
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Editorial comment and letters ISSUE NO. 1015
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Is Bibi on the brink? Benjamin Netanyahu, the great political survivor, has shirked more scandals than he’s had Shabbat dinners. But right now, you have to say, it doesn’t look good. The Israeli prime minister never seems far from talk of deals, gifts, bribes, private spending with public money, and all manner of other sins. Bibi says he’s whiter than white, and for years nothing has stuck, but this time looks different, in part because two people who may have interesting things to say have agreed to turn state witness. The first is a former Israeli naval head, Mickey Ganor, who worked on a mysterious $1.3billion deal for Israel’s three new German-made nuclear-powered submarines. Negotiated in complete secrecy and in super-quick time, it has raised many an eyebrow, not least because it involved Netanyahu’s cousin and personal family lawyer. What, now, will Ganor reveal? Second, and perhaps more explosively, there is American-born Ari Harow, Bibi’s former chief of staff. He has agreed to serve only six months’ community service and pay a fine for his part in a major corruption scandal, in return for dishing the dirt. A long-time Netanyahu confidante, the question now is: what dirt? Police are licking their lips. The charges may balloon. Bibi is already suspected of accepting expensive gifts from rich friends and having told the owner of one newspaper that he would hobble a media rival in return for favourable coverage. A third ongoing investigation involves the subs. But even if this spells the end, it would take Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit up to six months to recommend the prime minister’s ouster following any incriminating police report, and that report isn’t expected until November at the earliest. A week may be a long time in politics, but it is a blink of an eye to Mr Netanyahu. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer firstname.lastname@example.org Publisher and News Editor Justin Cohen 020 7692 6952 email@example.com Foreign Editor Stephen Oryszczuk firstname.lastname@example.org Features Editor Francine Wolfisz 020 7692 6935 email@example.com Community + Sport Editor Andrew Sherwood
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IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES Vanessa Feltz was wrong in her reaction to Kevin Myers’ loathsome column in the Irish Sunday Times. His piece was not simply anti-Semitic – it was pure religious bigotry. The Sunday Times cannot get away just with the dismissal of the journalist whose outrageous comments on Jewish women BBC presenters got into print. As Baroness Ruth Deech said on Radio 5 Live, it requires a serious investigation into how it passed through the editing process. Those responsible are arguably more culpable than an irresponsible columnist and deserve serious admonition and some education. As Lady Deech said, anti-Semitism
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ANTI-SEMITISM HAS STRANGELY GIVEN US A SENSE OF UNITY AND STRENGTH Councillor Brian Gordon’s opinion piece [July 20] carried with it the unfortunate arrogance that circulates among “the Orthodox” of all religions and not just our own. It illustrates a lack of understanding between belief, faith and concept and is to be deplored. While the love of Torah has indeed been the mainstay of the continuation of Juda-
ism since the dispersion, it has been anti-Semitism that has, strangely, brought us to where we now are. Without the anti-Semitism of the past 2,000 years, the Jewish people would have virtually ceased to be and might only be represented in the UK as a minor Orthodox sect.
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on campus has been given a patina of respectability by allowing, if not encouraging, reasonable criticism of the Israeli government to slip into overt anti-Semitism. Also, the Chakrabarti Report by the Labour Party was a whitewash, allowing Mr Corbyn to hide behind a bland ‘I disapprove of all racism’ mantra. Anti-Semitism is not racist. It is religious bigotry which, along with Islamaphobia, needs tackling vigorously. That such views can be expressed, let alone held, by a Sunday Times writer beggars belief.
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All respect to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in his demonstration of inclusivity in the Rabbi Joseph Dweck case. He is a much-needed
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leader in difficult times who shows strength and purpose in very tricky matters.
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CORRECTION: The letter headlined ‘Extreme views should not prevail’ published on page 16 of the 27 July edition was written by Ian Kay and not as published. The letter in the same issue on page 17 headlined ‘Torah law is fundamental’ was not written by Ian Kay. We apologise for these errors.
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Laura’s wrong on pay
YOUR EDITORIAL JARRED ALONGSIDE CHAREDIM LETTER
A DISGRACEFUL REACTION
There has been much misinformed comment (mostly from women) about the BBC gender pay gap. Those whose jobs are the same, with the same experience and same hours, receive the same salary. But top earners have individual contracts – so their salaries are not comparable. Laura Marks [27 July] suggests “many Jewish communal organisations will breathe a sigh of relief” that they do not have to disclose their pay gaps (because they have fewer than 250 employees). But the figures would be meaningless because they reflect a different occupation mix for men and women. The same applies to Ms Marks’ reference to Jewish organisations. No belittling of WIZO – but is Ms Marks seriously suggesting its CEO should be paid the same as the Chief Rabbi? Jonathan Hoffman Arkley
I heard Rabbi Joseph Dweck speak at an annual Chevra dinner. My impression was that he was articulate, well informed and made a very good impression on the audience, including me. The rights or wrongs of Rabbi Dweck’s recent comments on homosexuality are another matter. He is entitled to voice his opinions in an honest way and I feel
As with most bullies, if you let them get away with it, they become emboldened not only to continue tormenting others but to demand more and more. Our community has enough problems from the outside world without creating internal ones.
Your editorial complaining about the rabbinical call for a boycott of JW3 sat uneasily with the letter opposite from Jose Martin which you printed prominently in bold [27 July] calling for similar action against the Charedim. Evidently journalists do not take the Hippocratic Oath. Jose slags off the community, ignoring the wealth of kindness, charity, scholarship and attention to moral lifestyle and focusing instead on some minority deviations. Jose paints a picture of a community like Henry Ford – rejecting anything not in black is nonsense. I frequently dress in blue to no ill effect though perhaps we are all black and blue after this intemperate lambasting. To publish this unbalanced letter laced with streicheren overtones as if it is a sober dispassionate analysis was a grave journalistic error.
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BEWARE THE BULLIES Jenni Frazer [27 July] raises important points resulting from the open letter from strictlyOrthodox rabbis condemning JW3. I fear the authors have their tails up after the Chief Rabbi’s decision to reprimand and punish Rabbi Dweck by removing him as Dayan on the Sephardi Beth Din, having to submit the contents of any public shiurim for review and preventing him taking up summer residence scholarship in the US.
the majority of those who read his articles are of the same opinion. The reaction from some of the rabbinate, in particular Rabbi Bassous, was disgraceful. He could have voiced his opinion in a far more diplomatic fashion. He has caused rifts between some communities by his comments.
Harold Lautenberg By email
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Laid bare: the absurdity of the left-wing media YIFTAH CURIEL
SPOKESPERSON, ISRAELI EMBASSY
edia coverage of Israel abroad is one of our favourite topics of complaint as Israelis; the story goes that we’re given a bad rap by ignorant journalists who are biased, unprofessional or anti-Semitic, or all of the above. But does this sentiment stand up to serious scrutiny? One of the first things I encountered when I started my four-year posting as our embassy’s spokesperson in London is the incredible interest in Israel among British journalists. Our hi-tech and entrepreneurship skills, our strategies for fighting terror and developing cyber are all well covered, and this trend has only increased as the realisation sets in that Israel today shares more challenges with its European partners than ever before. Major news organisations such as the BBC and Sky employ thousands of journalists with divergent opinions. Mistakes are made but are generally corrected swiftly. Guidelines on Mideast coverage should definitely be improved, but on the whole I believe Israel today is covered in a more
nuanced, contextual manner by the mainstream broadcast media. However, turn your head to the left-ofcentre media landscape, and the difference is stark: Here, the Guardian and Independent lead an ideological world view that isn’t even centred on Israel but on the belief the West is responsible for the world’s woes. This outlook, combined with a patronising dismissive attitude towards the peoples of the Middle East, is the lens through which Israel’s actions are scrutinised using a custom-built magnifying glass which is never applied elsewhere, least of all on our neighbours. One of the most fitting metaphors for this phenomenon is the play My Name is Rachel Corrie, which is being staged again in London this summer. It tells of an American ISM activist killed in a tragic accident in Rafah in 2003 after stepping in front of an IDF bulldozer in a closed military combat zone. The play is constructed from excerpts from Corrie’s diary, as edited by current Guardian editor Katherine Viner. In the final scenes, Israel’s actions in Gaza are described as “truly evil” while shortly afterwards the “truly evil” becomes reality as an account by Corrie’s colleague is read out recounting how an
THIS IS A READING OF REALITY IN WHICH ISRAEL IS NOT JUST IN THE WRONG BUT EXCEPTIONALLY AND IRREDEEMABLY EVIL
IDF bulldozer intentionally ran her over and killed her. No matter this account is a fabrication; no matter Israel’s District and Supreme Courts rejected this story based on the testimony of independent experts – including those representing the Corrie family – and the IDF’s own original radio recordings of the incident. This proved beyond doubt the bulldozer operator had not and could not have seen Corrie, and that her death was a tragic accident. No matter, because this isn’t a court case but a work of art, a play. Yet the irony is that the Guardian’s coverage of Israel, which I’ve followed
closely these past four years, bears a striking resemblance to this fictional description exemplified in the play produced by its now-editor: An emotional, subjective reading of reality, in which Israel is not merely in the wrong, but exceptionally and irredeemably evil, a place where a journalistic “state of exception” exists and objective truth can be bent or disregarded. This attitude, plus a disproportionate focus on Israel which can only be described as an obsession, is why a country whose territory on the world’s atlas is too small to write its name inside it (to borrow a euphemism from Efraim Kishon) is still too often the subject of endless diatribes, selective scrutiny and double standards. Still, I’m ending my term and going home with an optimistic feeling, having seen during these four years how journalists and media organisations are discarding outdated world views, looking instead at what Israel offers the region and beyond. Meanwhile, the absurdity of the leftwing media’s outlook has been laid bare; even as the rise of ISIS, the menace of Iranian influence and the horrors of Syria have not bumped forward their broken record, still stuck on one word: Israel, Israel, Israel.
Time to wake up to this terror funding scandal ERIC MOONMAN
FORMER LABOUR PARTY MP
edia reports on the Manchester and London Bridge attacks left no one in doubt about the serious intent of terrorists. Ironically, the very prominence of the news coverage provides the terrorists with one of their stated aims, which is to undermine normal life and society. The security and police responses have been equally determined to review, when or wherever possible, any gaps affecting the safety of the public, while the public in my experience still asks how and why the terrorists succeed despite all the efforts of the authorities to stop them. First and foremost, it has to be stressed there are many attempted acts throughout the country which are foiled and therefore do not come to the public’s attention. Secondly and most fundamental, the frequency of terrorist acts depends to a large
THE REPORT REVEALS ISLAMIC STATE HAD A BUDGET OF $1.7BN IN 2015 YET ONLY $60M OF TERRORIST ASSETS WERE FROZEN
extent on planning outside this country. The complex structure of funding enables the various groups to access monies from appeals purporting to alleviate hardships in the Middle East, with the cash often diverted to terrorist groups. Now a report by King’s College London reveals Islamic State had a budget of $1.7 billion in 2015 yet only $60 million of terrorist assets were frozen.
The report says the “long checklist that has to be enforced by banks in the case of a suspicious transaction, the complex tracking of funds, the creation of special task forces: all this has cost billions but has failed to deter jihadists from mounting spectacular assaults”. As Roger Boyes writes in The Times: “The fact is that terrorist funds rarely make it into conventional banking. Money is often passed through informal networks such as the hawala system in the Muslim world; it leaves no paper trail and does not require formal ID checks.” Western governments need a much more robust examination procedure than so far. The King’s report is a useful wake-up call. Concern with the financing of terrorist groups does not mean we should relax ways to confront them on the ground. Among several government initiatives is the use of a legal armoury. Here, the temporary exclusion order (TEO) is well regarded as a worthwhile tool, though the Opposition is often reluctant for political reasons to use it. The
TEO has much to commend it when trying to confront those young men and women returning from Syria and North Africa. There are also the terrorism and investigation measures ( TPIMS) which put in place travel bans and periodic police checks. The Prevent campaign, established after 9/11, has been greatly expanded to identify those youngsters more likely to drift towards extremism. In the midst of gloom and despair at the loss of innocent life, the public gets a lift when learning of the many heroes who selflessly come forward. Remember police officers such as Wayne Marques who at the London Bridge attack was stabbed in the head, leg and hand yet charged and fought with three terrorists in order to save members of the public under threat. There is no magic formula to beat terrorism, but a combination of exclusion orders, public vigilance and, above all, government action to analyse the financial overlap between the criminal world and terrorist organisations can work to grind down this modern-day plague.
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Cult of the political ‘shmear’ has outlived its usefulness JENNI FRAZER
hat is the favourite political word of 2017? It is, of course, “smear”, a word now used across the political chatosphere to suggest that one’s opponent has no grip on truth or reality. A couple of examples of “smear” — or should that be “shmear?” — have arisen in the past weeks. One is the egregious case of Kevin Myers and his column in the Irish edition of The Sunday Times; the other involves Yair Netanyahu, 25-year-old son of Israeli prime minister Benjamin and his wife Sara. Myers, as we all now know, sought to illustrate an opinion on the gender pay gap by suggesting that the two most highly paid women in the BBC, Vanessa Feltz and Claudia Winkleman, were only in this position because they were Jewish. (It is, of course, an utterly false argument because
CORBYNISTAS LIKE TO SUGGEST EVERY CRITICISM OF THEIR NOBLE LEADER IS A SMEAR AND THUS BY IMPLICATION UNTRUE the equally Jewish Emily Maitlis is not on the best-paid list. And anyone who heard Myers’ car-crash of an interview with the just-as-Jewish Emma Barnett will be in no doubt that he has no leg to stand on. Pity for him that there are so many mouthy Jewish women in the meeja, isn’t it?) Incredulity rained down on Myers from many quarters, except for two: the rightwing columnist Douglas Murray in the
Spectator and, more worryingly, the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland. Murray has, it seems to me, sought to defend the indefensible, and as for the Jewish Rep Council, well, its members have to live with the Myers of this world, and we on the mainland don’t. But smears, of one sort or another, feature large in these commentaries. Now let us examine the example of Yair Netanyahu, who has been having an unedifying social media war with the sons of former prime minister Ehud Olmert. Yair, who is still living at home these days — really? — has had a real go at the Olmert offspring as part of his ongoing attack on the Israeli media. In one post he insinuated that Ariel Olmert had had “interesting relations with a Palestinian man” and challenged the media to run an exposé on “its significance for the security of the country”. The Olmert brothers, Ariel and Shaul, hit back, calling Yair “racist, homophobe, bully, fascist”, while other commentators, taking
the “smear” thing perhaps a bit too literally, have attacked Yair for being too grand and princely to pick up his own dog’s poop. And smearing isn’t confined to Israel and Ireland, of course. We only have to look at the current denizen of the White House, whose every other utterance is a denunciation of the “smears” of the supposed “fake media”; all this despite the fact that nearly every word out of his mouth, including “and” and “but”, is almost certainly untrue (I give you “I never called the White House a dump”, uttered in the hearing of nine people, as just a recent example). But not all smears come from the right. There is a distressing tendency among Labour’s fanatical Corbynistas to suggest that every criticism of their Noble Leader is in fact a smear, and therefore, by implication, untrue. Let us be clear. Reporting what politicians say is not a smear. No ifs, buts, or maybes. But name-calling and insinuation, guilt by association — it’s not a good look.
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What the Charlie Gard case means for faith communities JOEL BRAHAM
PARENT & CAMPAIGNER
t was with great sadness that we followed the plight of little Charlie Gard. I wonder if many of us grasped the true implications of the judge’s decision, reached using the Children’s Act of 1989, to decide the fate of the 11-month-old, which saw the removal of his life support machine. The ramifications for faith communities are profound and disturbing. Charlie suffered from Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome, which causes progressive muscle-defect and brain illness. I’m not here to say who was right or wrong, or indeed offer any new insight related to the case. But I do wish to make the Jewish community aware that this case exposed a serious flaw in a system that allows a judge to intervene in a child’s fate, up to and including the decision to turn off a life support machine.
THE CHILDREN’S ACT IS AN INVASIVE LAW THAT USURPS A PARENT’S RIGHT IN A MAJOR PART OF THEIR CHILD’S LIFE I thought we lived in a free society – free to choose where our kids go to school, what religion we raise them in – if indeed any – and what food we buy them. This ruling reveals where such freedoms end. The Children’s Act is an ugly, invasive law that usurps parents’ rights in a major part of a child’s life if, God forbid, any parent should find themselves in such a position. We all saw how it removes a parent’s
right to choose whether their child should be treated in a hospital here or elsewhere, even if specialist treatment only exists elsewhere. If doctors in the UK exhaust the options open to them, why do they get to tell parents they can’t go abroad to seek a solution, no matter the odds? I contacted my local MP, the Conservative Mike Freer, asking him to call for parents to be given the right to decide where their child is treated if no UK hospital offers specialist treatment of the kind Charlie’s parents sought. His response astounded me: “The Gard case raises difficult issues and it is understandable that any parent will wish to take every measure, if it provides a chance for their child to live. Doctors and clinicians have a duty to do all they can, but to do no harm, if in their clinical opinion the available treatments will not work or do more harm than good. Where parents and doctors cannot agree then the matter goes to court. I remain comfortable with that.”
When I contacted my rabbi, he told me that every case is different and needs to be made on a case-by-case ruling in terms of halacha. But Jewish law does not state that if a doctor believes there is no quality of life one should simply switch off the life support machine. I know this is a very delicate issue. As the father of a 21-month-old, I may be particularly sensitive to this case, but feel we must ask: are we going to allow judges to intervene in desperate times and strip the fundamental right to decide on the course of our children’s care?
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10 August 2017 Jewish News
Community / Scene & Be Seen
1PLAYTIME AT WOHL
Year 1 pupils at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School celebrated their chagigat siddur in front of family and friends. After entertaining the audience with a play, they were presented with their first siddur by guest of honour, community rabbi of Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue Rabbi Alex Chapper.
And be seen
2NEW SEFER TORAH
More than 100 people packed Richmond Synagogue for the inauguration of a new Sefer Torah. Donated by member Sam Freiman, a Holocaust survivor, in memory of his family who perished during the Holocaust and his recently deceased wife, Sonja. The Torah was greeted with live music, dancing and lines of children. Dayan Yonasan Abraham of the London Beth Din was a guest speaker, while chairman Malcolm Levi spoke of a “landmark event for Richmond shul that will be remembered for many years to come”. He offered “many thanks to Sam Freiman for this generous gift to our community”.
The latest news, pictures and social events from across the community
3AMBASSADOR’S VISIT The Kindertransport Organisation hosted Israeli ambassador to the UK Mark Regev at the monthly lunch, held at North West Reform Synagogue. Attended by more than 40 members, all of who are Kindertransport refugees, Regev, who was welcomed by Association of Jewish Refugees chairman Andrew Kaufman, said: “It was moving to hear stories of those saved by the Kindertransport. In many ways they mirrored what members of my own family experienced.” He followed his talk by taking questions from the audience on a variety of subjects from Donald Trump to the education of children in the region, both Israeli and Palestinian.
4IT’S JOY FOR JVN
JVN celebrated receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by hosting a summer reception at the Grove Hotel. Local dignitaries were among the 60 attendees and heard from JVN director Leonie Lewis, among others, who said: “This award is the culmination of 10 years of hard work and the dedication of so many people, including our trustees, advisory board and key partner charities. We hope it is a springboard for the sustainability of JVN and its place as the leading portal for volunteering in the Jewish and faith-based community.”
10 August 2017
Scene & Be Seen / Community
IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO WATCH THE STUDENTS EXPLORE INDIVIDUAL IDEAS 5
1 PARENTING TALK
Edgware and District Reform Synagogue welcomed clinical psychologist Dr Nikki Teper to talk to a crowd of 150 people about the challenges of parenting in the 21st century. She is pictured with organisers Sam Lethbridge, Lauren Nathan, Emma Senitt and Rabbi Emily Jurman. The event included the introduction of the synagogue’s monthly space, Vent, which allows parents to share their worries, concerns (and strategies) in a supportive environment. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 FESTIVE FRIENDS
North London Friends of Israel welcomed local MP Theresa Villiers and deputy mayor of Barnet Cllr Val Duschinsky to their stall at the recently held East Barnet Festival.
3 MUSIC IN THE AIR Moriah Jewish Day School’s Summer Arts Showcase saw more than 90 children perform in front of a packed audience, as they sang and danced with a selection of musical instruments including, trombone, trumpet, cornet, recorder, piano and the ukulele.
4 ART ON SHOW
JCoSS recently held an art exhibition to show the outstanding work from its GCSE and A Level art students. Artwork was displayed from all 22 GCSE students, as well as Year 8 students from this year’s A Level cohort. The
school’s head of art, Sita Shah, said: “It has been a pleasure to watch the students explore their individual ideas and develop their creative journey through their respective GCSE and A Level Art courses.” A Level student Max Mydat (pictured) said: “My teachers have allowed us all to have a huge amount of creative freedom and I am pleased to have discovered my artistic niche.”
5 RECORD OUTING
Fourth Hendon Brownies witnessed a new world record set when they took part in an outing to the World Paralympic Championships at London’s Olympic Stadium. Also seeing the finals of the men’s T20 long jump, T13 5,000 metres and F44 discus throw, they then tried their skills out in various activities, including wheelchair slalom and shot put.
6 HAIR TODAY...
Sinai Jewish Primary School twins Kayla and Eden Mengelgrein and their friend Ella Joseph hold thank-you certificates after they volunteered to cut off their hair for charity. Raising more than £3,000 for Zichron Menachem, a charity which provides wigs and arranges camps and therapy treatments for children suffering from cancer, the seven-year-olds had the deed carried out in a special assembly in front of their friends. Hoping to encourage fellow pupils to follow suit, a school spokesperson said: “We, along with their parents and friends, are very proud of them.”
The countdown begins! FROM 8 TO 11 SEPTEMBER, Londoners can experience the rich and diverse culture of one of Israel’s most vibrant cities: Tel Aviv. TLV in LDN is a four-day showcase of food, music, nightlife, arts and style direct from Tel Aviv, taking place at venues across the capital, including Camden’s iconic Roundhouse. Women Power: A Night of Musical Fusion, taking place on Sunday, 10 September, 8pm at the Roundhouse, features four incredible female acts. The concert features Ethiopian-born singer Ester Rada, an Israeli singer who is firmly in touch with her African roots. She cites Ethio-jazz, Jewish youth movement classics and soul icon Lauryn Hill as her musical inspirations. She performs alongside Israeli sister act A-WA, who have broken the mould with their genre-busting blend of Yemenite folk song, hip-hop, reggae and electronica.
Having produced the first ever Arabic single to top the Israeli pop charts, the girls are currently working on their second album. Also performing is renowned international singer Mira Awad, who has collaborated with Noa, Idan Raichel, Andrea Boccelli and Bobby Mc’Ferrin among others. Her compositions reveal a unique fusion of Arabic and Western influences. Last, but not least, Ukranian-born Marina Maximilian is a classically trained pianist, musician, singer-songwriter and actress who rose to prominence during the fifth season of reality TV talent show Kokhav Nolad (Star is Born) in 2007.
For tickets (£10 to £75), visit roundhouse.org. uk/whats-on/2017/tlv-in-ldn-festival
10 August 2017 Jewish News
IN THIS SECTION: Nosh 21 / Travel 22
Amanda’s top of the glass Glass artist Amanda Charles talks to Naomi Frankel about going to university as a mature adult and her excitement about her first solo exhibition
s a busy mum-of-four, Amanda Charles always regretted never going to university and turning her artistic talents into a career. But a few years ago, her husband Michael, along with their now older children, encouraged Amanda to take up a place at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, and study ceramics and glass. The course proved a turning point for the emerging artist. “You’re never too old to go for it,” proclaims Amanda, 53, who this week unveiled her first solo show at The Radlett Centre, and whose work has been selected to appear at the prestigious British Glass Biennale 2017. Amanda, who attends Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue with her family, decided to focus her talents on glass, because it is “amazingly versatile”. “I’m obsessed,” she enthuses. “I’ve always collected glass ornaments and paperweights and found myself captivated with the beauty and methodology
Artist Amanda Charles with her work, entitled My Happy Place
behind it. I wanted to learn it myself.” Working from her home studio, Amanda begins each piece by thinking about the design she wants to create and then cuts large sheets of glass by hand into the correct shape. The design is then placed into the kiln for firing, with the temperature and length of time producing different effects. Higher temperatures result in more glass flow, while lower temperatures produce greater definition between different glasses and can be used to slump or bend the glass into a different shape.
Each piece can be fired between two and six times, depending on the complexity of the design. “It can be a very precise, complicated process,” explains Amanda. “Some pieces take weeks to perfect.” Her work is contemporary and abstract, and often features colourful geometric patterns with multiple layers. “I love trying different styles,” she says animatedly. “I create jewellery,
Clockwise from top: Just A Sliver Please – Chromatic, Retro, Cosmic Pizza and Just A Sliver Please – Citrus. Inset below left: Cosmic Coral
centrepieces, or whatever else I am inspired to do, but my main passion is wall art, which changes with different lighting and seasons. “Glass is an amazingly versatile medium to work with. I can carve it, engrave it, do a sculptural piece, or a flat piece on the wall.” The results of her efforts can now been seen at her first solo exhibition, which runs throughout August, and features a selection of her wall-mounted glass sculptures and jewellery. Meanwhile her piece, Just A Sliver Please – Chromatic will be shown at the British Glass Biennale 2017, a national exhibition of 63 contemporary glass artists, which awards £100,000 worth of prizes each year. “It was an incredible surprise,” adds Amanda. “I’m delighted my work will be shown with amazing artists who have been in the business for many years.” The exhibition runs until 31 August at The Ground Floor Gallery, The Radlett Centre, Aldenham Avenue, Radlett. For more details and commissions, visit amandacharlesglass.com, or call 07973 500 008.
Jewish News 10 August 2017
Lifestyle / Soul food
It’s the tastiest day of the week What started out as a weekly meeting between five food-obsessed friends from Sydney has turned into a huge online following, celebrity fans (including the likes of Yotam Ottolenghi and Nigella Lawson) and two bestselling cookery books. Now 10 years on, the Monday Morning Cooking Club has published its third book, It’s Always About the Food, featuring recipes handed down through generations. It’s Always About the Food by Monday Morning Cooking Club, published by Harper Collins, is priced £23 (hardback). Available now.
STANDING RIB ROAST WITH HORSERADISH CRUST BY MICHELE WISE Serves 6 2 kg (4 ½ lb) standing beef rib roast (prime rib of beef) 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks 16 French shallots (eschallots), peeled 4 potatoes or parsnips, cut into chunks 2 tablespoons olive oil sea salt and ground black pepper Horseradish crust 60ml (¼ cup) olive oil 4 cloves garlic, crushed 45g (½ cup) horseradish, grated fresh or prepared 8 sprigs thyme, leaves only 2 tablespoons sea salt 1 tablespoon ground black pepper Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Place a large roasting pan in the oven to heat up. To make the horseradish crust, in a bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, horseradish, thyme, salt and pepper and spread over the beef. In a separate bowl, toss the carrots, shallots and potatoes or parsnips with the olive oil.
MANDARIN CAKE WITH MARMALADE SYRUP BY KATHY MILLER
Season with salt and pepper. Remove the hot roasting pan from the oven and carefully place the beef in the pan, bone-side down. Scatter the vegetables around the beef. Roast for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4) and continue to roast for about 1 hour (total cooking time) for rare, 1¼ hours for medium–rare and 1½ hours for medium. The cooking time depends on the size of the roast but a good guide is 16 mins per 500g (1lb 2oz) for rare, 20 mins for medium and 24 mins for well done. Remove the pan from the oven, cover loosely with foil and allow the beef to rest for 20 minutes before carving. Serve with the roasted vegetables.
4 thin-skinned mandarins (about 480g/1lb 1oz in total) 1 lemon 6 eggs 300g (11/3 cups/10½ oz) caster sugar 300g (3 cups/10½ oz) ground almonds 1 tablespoon baking powder
whipped cream, to serve Marmalade syrup 3 mandarins 2 limes 1.5 litres (6 cups) water 690g (3 cups) caster sugar 1 tablespoon brandy
Line a 22 cm (8½ inch) spring-form cake tin. Wash all the fruit very well; do not peel. To make the fruit purée for the cake, put the mandarins and lemon into a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer over low–medium heat for one hour or until the fruit is soft. Drain and allow to cool. Cut the fruit in half and remove all the seeds. In a food processor or blender, purée the fruit (with the skin) and set aside. While the fruit is cooking, make the marmalade syrup. Thinly slice the mandarins and limes, remove and discard any seeds and place in a heavy based medium saucepan. Add the water and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, for one hour or until the fruit is soft. Add the sugar and simmer for at least one hour or until
a rich syrup forms. It should reduce to 2 cups. Strain off ½ cup of the syrup into a heatproof jug, add the brandy to the strained syrup and set aside. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). In an electric mixer, whisk the eggs until creamy and light. Add the sugar and continue to whisk for a few minutes. Add the ground almonds and baking powder and whisk for a minute to combine. Fold in the fruit purée and pour into the prepared tin. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and prick the top all over with a wooden skewer. Pour the strained syrup over the top of the cake. Decorate with the peel from the marmalade syrup. Allow to cool in the tin. Serve warm or at room temperature with extra syrup on the side and whipped cream.
SUMAC-CRUSTED SNAPPER WITH ROASTED CHICKPEA SALAD BY RONIT ROBBAZ Serves 6 2 eggs ½ teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper 6 × 150g (5½ oz) snapper fillets, cut into 4 150g (1¼ cups/5½ oz) potato flour 4 tablespoons za’atar 4 tablespoons ground sumac 1 teaspoon sea salt 125ml (½ cup) vegetable oil finely grated zest of 1 lemon, to garnish coriander leaves, to garnish Coriander and chickpea salad 1 × 400g tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 bunches coriander, roughly chopped 150g (1 cup) pine nuts, lightly toasted Dressing 60ml (¼ cup) lemon juice 60ml (¼ cup) extra virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 fresh bird’s eye chillies, seeds removed, finely chopped sea salt and ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). To make the salad, toss the chickpeas with the olive oil on a baking tray and roast for 25 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool slightly. In a bowl, toss together the coriander, pine nuts and chickpeas. To make the dressing, in a small bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, chilli, salt and pepper and whisk together well. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. To prepare the fish, in a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs with the salt and pepper. Add the snapper fillets and allow them to sit for a few minutes. On a flat plate, mix the potato flour, za’atar, sumac and salt. Lift the snapper pieces out of the egg mixture and coat on both sides with the flour mixture. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based frying pan over medium–high heat until the oil is hot. Add the snapper pieces and fry for about one minute on each side or until golden. Remove and drain on paper towel. To serve, spread the salad on a wide serving platter and scatter the snapper pieces on top. Garnish with coriander and lemon zest.
10 August 2017 Jewish News
Nosh / Lifestyle
Sesame salmon burgers
PREPARATION TIME 15 MINS
Burgers of all description never fail to satisfy a hungry family. Using fresh salmon, this recipe might encourage the fussiest of eaters to eat fish! Make for midweek supper, picnic or enjoy al fresco as they are delicious hot, cold or warm. I like to make a double batch and freeze one for another occasion when time is of the essence.
COOKING TIME 12-15 MINS
mould into burger shapes.
600g pieces fresh salmon – skinned and roughly chopped Juice of 1 lemon juice 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 3 tablespoons fresh dill 1 tablespoon wholemeal plain flour Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons rapeseed oil
3 Place on a hot BBQ or heat the oil in a frying pan. Sauté with the lid on for
METHOD 1 Place all the burger ingredients into a food processor and whizz together to combine.
2 Tip out and divide the mixture into 4 equal portions. Using wet hands
4 sesame bagels – cut in half 4 tablespoons coleslaw 5 baby cherry tomatoes- sliced 4 pickled dill cucumbers – sliced Sprigs of dill
about 5 minutes on each side or until cooked and golden or grill in the oven.
4 Toast the sesame bagels. 5 Spread some coleslaw on the bagels; add some cucumber, dill and sliced tomatoes. Insert the cooked salmon burgers and serve.
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Lifestyle / Travel
Honey, that’s what I want!
Caron Kemp tries out an unusual spa treatment at The Runnymede Hotel in Surrey, made from the luxury venue’s very own garden hives…
et on the banks of the River Thames a mere stone’s throw from Windsor and easily accessible from Central London, lies the understated and yet exquisitelypolished Runnymede Hotel. The lesser-known sibling to The Grove, owned by brothers Daniel and Stuart Levy under the guise of their business the Ralph Trustees, the contemporary fourstar hotel bears an obvious resemblance to its Watford counterpart. But in case you think it might lack refinement and grandeur, it more Caron and sister duri than makes up for it in its warmth, ng their st ay on the friendliness and unrivalled location. Thames Tempted by a new spa package, I set off is spent sampling with my sister in tow for 24 hours of some various therapies, including a foot much-needed rest and relaxation. scrub, back massage and facial, all harnessing The Bee Friendly Spa Package is a steal, the natural powers of honey. starting from just £299 for two people, I was not easily won over, but without which includes dinner in AA Rosette holder doubt my skin felt noticeably smoother, my the Lock restaurant, bed and breakfast, a shoulders positively achy (definitely a good one-hour honey-based treatment and use of thing) and my mind a notch calmer. all spa facilities. Away from the treatment rooms, the The treatment utilises the powerful spa area provided the perfect place to immune-boosting, anti-bacterial and while away the hours, a dip and an unwind. antioxidant properties of honey – harvested Boasting a large indoor pool complete with from the hotel’s very own garden hives – to sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, the spa also provide a nourishing, rejuvenating and plays host to a well-stocked modern gym, beneficial experience. three beautiful tennis courts and a second, Best described as a spa buffet, the hour stunning, outdoor pool that – when the sun
came out – could have rivalled any luxury accommodation abroad. Our room was clean, bright and wellappointed with a sprawling bathroom complete with my favourite ESPA products. Chocolate-covered honeycomb alongside two cute pots of pure honey were welcome additions. The unequivocal selling point was the view, where the Thames was visible in all its stunning glory. As per our package, we dined in the hotel’s a la carte restaurant, The Lock – where guests are invited to try the hotel’s superb buffet breakfast – and were lucky enough to eat in full view of the kitchen. Spacious and airy, the restaurant oozes a relaxed and vibe, while the presentation and quality of the food was far more sophisticated than its surrounding let on. We both opted for fish main courses – hake for myself and sea bream for my sister – and both tasted just as wonderful as they looked. The cheesecake is highly recommended to seal the deal for those with a sweet tooth. With summer in full flow, we decided to work off some of our indulgence by exploring the grounds and surrounding area. Our favourite discoveries were the hot tub perched on the banks of the river, the two oversized deck chairs and the array of children’s garden toys and play frames – suffice to say that as a mum you never stop considering the offspring wherever your travels take you. With that in mind, just a ten-minute stroll from the hotel is the sprawling Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, which offers modern play equipment, a paddling pool, café and children’s amusements. Slightly further
Top, the indoor pool area complete with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi; above, one of the comfortable rooms with a view
afield are Thorpe Park and Legoland while other attractions in the area include the renowned Ascot Racecourse, historic Windsor Castle and one of my personal favourites, Windsor Great Park. It has more than 4,800 acres to explore and a royal history spanning 1,000 years, with historical monuments, ancient forests and stunning horticultural displays as well as rare wildlife to discover.
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The Runnymede Hotel makes the most of its tranquil setting beside the river
Caron was a guest of the Runnymede Hotel and tried out the Bee Friendly Package (£299), which includes full use of all spa facilities, dinner for two in the Lock Bar & Kitchen, overnight accommodation sharing a twin or double room, breakfast for two and one luxury honey-based treatment lasting one hour. A second honey treatment can be booked in addition to the one included in the package, priced at £65. For more details, visit runnymedehotel.com
10 August 2017 Jewish News
Sedra: Ekev / Torah For Today / Orthodox Judaism
Torah For Today
What does the Torah say about… Neymar
RABBI ZVI SOLOMONS
BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL
And He afflicted you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna…that He might make you know man does not live by bread only, but by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.... This verse is often found outside churches, but the message is important in any religion: The spiritual dimension is what makes life worth living. In Temple times, the service included the first two paragraphs of the Shema. Our ancestors then recited the Ten Commandments. Jews call these the Ten Sayings and the rest of the Torah was spoken directly by God to Moses and written down. With the advent of Christianity, heavy emphasis was placed on the Ten Commandments to make it easier for converts. Yet every cheder child knows there are 613 mitzvot! To emphasise all 613, the rabbis instituted the Shema’s third paragraph. The passage of the Ten Commandments was relegated to an optional recitation at the end of the morning service. Jewish spirituality consists of the practice of our religion to the fullest extent possible. The mitzvot are a direct communication from God’s mouth. Since, according to the Torah, we are truly alive only when we perform mitzvot, every single Jew can achieve that every day, through even simple actions such as lighting Shabbat candles or pausing to recognise the day of rest. Each mitzvah we perform is an opportunity to renew and increase our connection with the source of our lives.
Zvi Solomons is rabbi of the Jewish Community of Berkshire, JCoB.org
Brazilian footballer Neymar has moved to Paris Saint-Germain Football Club for £200million and will earn a staggering £500,000 a week. What does the Torah say about this? Ideally, the value of a human being is not usually transferable for money. The prophet Isaiah says: “You were not sold for money and not for money will you be redeemed.” Nevertheless, purchasing a human being from a slave market is recognised by the Torah as a valid sale. Nowadays this is not practised, owing to international law on the slave trade. Although it is possible to estimate and trade the value of a person, it is
THE SERVICES OF A FOOTBALLER ARE WORTH MORE FINANCIALLY THAN A PRIME MINISTER
only used to calculate the usefulness of a lost limb for compensation or to donate to the sanctuary or the Temple. The value of a human being in the Torah is age-graded. Thus, a younger or older person is of less estimable value that a fully mature adult. In an agricultural world, value is linked mainly to the ability of a worker to hunt and feed the homestead. Nowadays, values have shifted. In today’s world, the services of a footballer and his ratings in the entertainment industry are worth more in financial terms than the service of a prime minister to their country. The former has feet that dribble well and that cannot be replaced, whereas even the highest political appointments have deputies who can take over their job. Furthermore, stars such as Neymar are aware their career is short and will last only for the time they can perform. But should such huge sums be spent on individual professionals and paid to them? If there is any perceived harm to society, lawmakers should quantify it and only then limit what they can earn.
Neymar was sold for £200million
Public policy alone is not a reason to cap earnings. In Jewish law, the only person who may not be the greatest earner is a king, who has absolute authority. Preventing an abuse of position is a good reason to cap income, but professional skill is not.
Ariel Abel is Padre to HM Forces
and rabbi of Liverpool Princes Road Synagogue
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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking
The Bible Says What?
Force a suspected adulteress to drink ‘bitter water’
How should we respond to strictly-Orthodox rabbis using the Torah to condemn the GayW3 festival?
BY RABBI DEBBIE YOUNG-SOMERS A husband suspects his wife has been unfaithful. Maybe she was and there were no witnesses to confirm it, or maybe he’s the jealous type (interestingly the Zohar suggests love without jealousy is not true love!). Either way, a marriage is in danger. In Numbers 5, the Torah suggests a trial, the Sotah, potentially to save the marriage. The husband presents his wife to the priest in the Temple, along with an offering of barley flour. The priest takes dirt off the floor, mixes it with water, uncovers her hair and puts the offering in her hands. He then speaks “the curse of adjuration” before writing it down, and then rubbing it off into the already dirty waters. The woman drinks the water (probably fairly unpleasant, but hopefully not fatal) and the physical effects on her are said to indicate her guilt or innocence. It is unclear from the Rabbinic literature if this trial ever took place, and no replacement for it is suggested following the destruction of
the Temple. Yet perhaps there’s an interesting lesson in here that might be missed if, like me, you are disturbed at the way this woman is publicly humiliated and forced to participate in a strange, one-sided, and potentially dangerous ritual, in order to allay her husband’s jealousy. The curses uttered by the priest and written down contain the name of God – the four letter tetragrammaton. In no other place in Torah is it suggested that we actively seek to destroy The Name. Perhaps the Torah is happy for us to destroy the four-letter name in order to heal the damage done by the husband’s suspicious mind, and return a marriage to shalom bayit (domestic harmony). God’s name is precious, but happiness and trust in a person’s most intimate relationship is essential.
Rabbi Young-Somers is Reform Judaism’s community educator
RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY As a rabbi, I don’t know whether to be ashamed, embarrassed or angry that some of my fellow teachers of Torah have begun encouraging prejudice and bigotry against the Jewish LGBTQI+ community and its allies. Recently we saw seven Orthodox rabbis call for a boycott of JW3, accusing the cultural centre’s GayW3 week of “promoting behaviours condemned by the Torah”. The first question to ask is why the storm is brewing now? After all, the festival in question ended some months ago to strong reviews from all parts of the Jewish community. It’s an obvious cheap crack at publicity and not the first. As a movement, Liberal Judaism
considered not saying anything in response, much like we stayed silent on the Dweck affair. It’s your mess, your house, keep it clean. However, when words hurt vulnerable Jews as they were here, we have a responsibility to forcefully defend human rights and equality. We are all created in God’s image.
ALL THE CRITICISM OF JW3 WAS AN OBVIOUS CHEAP CRACK AT PUBLICITY
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World Cup star drops in at football summer camp
FOOTBALL CAMP Former Premier League striker and Nigerian World Cup star Yakubu was on hand to offer tips and advice to youngsters at Maccabi London’s Elite Football Camps. Held for 11-15-year-olds, sessions were led by former Hungarian football coach Tamas Gyenei, who taught the youngsters about defending and the art of transition counter-attacking.
Yakubu (pictured centre in back row,) who featured for Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup, starred for Portsmouth and Everton – as well as enjoying a stint in Israel with Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Kfar Saba – made special appearances to tell the participants about his goal-scoring expertise. Other activities on offer for younger children included the Multi-Activity Zone and Football Zones.
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A record swing! GOLF DAY Norwood’s annual CJ O’Shea and Galliard Homes golf day saw a record amount of money raised. Held at Dyrham Park Country Club, 88 golfers helped raise more than £70,000, while for the first time in the event’s 15-year history, participants included Norwood residents from its Ravenswood accommodation. Back in the clubhouse, attendees enjoyed a talk by one of the residents, who spoke about the support he receives from the charity. All funds raised will go towards supporting thousands of vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and adults with learning disabilities.
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Husband and wife team up for WJR Seventeen British cyclists raised more than £18,000 for World Jewish Relief when they took part in the annual Ride for the Living in Poland. Joining a delegation of more than 100 riders, the 60-mile bike ride began at the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau and finished at the Jewish Community Centre (JCC) in the centre of Krakow. Husband and wife team from Bushey, Michael and Suzanne Gould, (pictured) raised nearly £5,000 for the charity. Suzanne, whose maternal greatgrandmothers were murdered at the concentration camp, said: “Taking part in Ride for the Living felt like I was honouring my great-grandmothers’ memory.” The money raised will go towards educational and welfare programmes for the centre’s seniors, including survivors.
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Down to earth with a BUMP! Israeli triple jumper misses out on medal at World Athletics Championships
Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko finished Monday night’s final in fourth place
WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS By Andrew Sherwood at the London Stadium email@example.com @JewishNewsUK
Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko saw her dream of winning back-to-back medals at the World Athletics Championships end in disappointment this week. The Israeli triple jumper, who won silver in Beijing two years ago, finished the final at the London Stadium in fourth place. The 27-year-old told Jewish News how disappointed she was to miss out on a bronze medal. Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova finished third, with a jump of 14.77m – a centimetre less than Knyazyeva-Minenko cleared to win silver in 2015. She said: “I’m not happy [to
finish in fourth]. It’s been very hard here for me because of the injuries I’ve had this year which didn’t allow me to perform at 100 percent.” Only her second event of the year, she did though enjoy competing at the tournament and was grateful for the support she received inside the stadium, which she said helped spur her on. “The atmosphere the people made here, to have the support of Israeli fans and see the Israeli flag in the crowd was great – their support helped me and gave me more energy”, she said. “It was so important for myself and my coach Alex Merman to not disappoint everyone who supports me, as well as Israel and myself.” Looking ahead to the rest of the year, and, more importantly looking to stay free of injuries, she added: “I hope I can now go on and perform better, it would be great to compete injury-free. I hope that the injuries are behind me because
with a full year of proper training, the sky is the limit.” Israel’s best hopes of a medal at the Championships, she did fare better than their five other athletes. Marharyta Dorozhon missed out on qualifying for the final of the javelin event, finishing the qualifying heat in 12th place, while two of their marathon runners failed to finish the race, though Maor Tiiyouri did claim a season’s best time of 2.49.45, which secured her a 63rd place finish. Elsewhere on the track, Australian Steven Solomon missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals of the 400m event by 0.57 seconds.
Israel’s judo stars ko’d by Yom Kippur clash JUDO Israel’s top judo fighters are set to miss out on next year’s World Championships in Azerbaijan after it was announced the tournament clashes with Yom Kippur. Organisers confirmed the date of the event, which means Israel’s judokas won’t be able to compete on either 18 or 19 September – which is when the likes of
Yarden Gerbi – who won bronze at the Rio Olympic Games last summer (pictured) – Sagi Muki and Golan Pollack are all due to take part. With the tournament offering the opportunity for the fighters to pick up ranking points as they look to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olym-
pics and improve their seeding, Israel Judo Association chairman Moshe Ponte is set to discuss the scheduling with International Judo Federation president Marius Vizer. Ponte said: “This is a serious threat to Israeli judo. This can really hurt the athletes who want to qualify for the Olympics and also affect their draw in Tokyo. This problem requires diplomatic intervention. At the end of the day, we represent the country.”
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