Foundation Lecture 2015   Recently updated !

On Sunday 15 November, at 7.30 pm, Dr Philip Mansel will lecture on – ‘Between Cities and States: Jews in Aleppo, Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut, from the Ottoman Empire to the 21st Century’. The foundations of many of the present conflicts in the Middle East lie in the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the […]

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JDate is Suing JSwipe — Over the Letter J   Recently updated !

  Oy gevalt. This is actually happening. JDate is suing JSwipe… over the use of the letter J. No, this isn’t an Onion article. According to Forbes, JDate’s parent company discreetly filed the lawsuit against JSwipe last year, “claiming intellectual property over the letter “J” within the Jewish dating scene”. Yes, it’s ridiculous. After all, […]

During Sukkot in Israel, There Are Three Sides to Every Interpretation   Recently updated !

  In America, Sukkot is a meteorologically challenged holiday, and our family has experienced the whole panoply of challenges confronting anyone looking to engage in a range of household activities in a sukkah. From my wife’s native Omaha, with its bitter cold October nights, to my native New York’s torrential rains, to the oppressively hot […]


Building a Time-Traveling Sukkah

A TARDIS sukkah that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside? It’s just what the doctor—Doctor Who, that is—ordered. And it’s a perfect metaphor for Judaism. We are building a TARDIS sukkah. You know what a TARDIS is, right? It’s a time-traveling spaceship in the TV show Doctor Who. TARDIS is an acronym for […]