Across the pond

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Across the Pond: Politically prophetic lessons from our American friends

It was on a Sunday morning when Joe Biden, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, declared that he was absolutely comfortable with gay couples having the same rights as straight couples. This announcement, from the Vice-President, was sure to have political ramifications as it appeared to place him on a different policy footing compared with … Continue reading

Across the Pond – To log on or not log on? That is the question for American Jews

One Sunday in May Citi Field, the home of New York Mets baseball team, which has a capacity of about 45,000, was filled with Jews. In Britain, if we were having a gathering of more than 40,000 Jews, one would assume that this was a rally in support of Israel. I remember standing in Trafalgar … Continue reading

Across the Pond – Jewish Music Power

In our modern, internet based world a new phenomenon has developed with the viral Jewish YouTube video. Somehow these clips take hold, and before you know it you’re getting links to it via e-mail, through Facebook and on Twitter. We watch as the number of views ticks up as people across the Jewish world find … Continue reading

Across the Pond – The day Obama went from ‘Yes we can’ to ‘Here I am’

On Friday last week, as preparations were underway for Shabbat, the President of the United States, Barak Obama, was teaching Torah to 6,000 Jews. As the keynote speaker of the Biennial of the Union for Reform Judaism, the President delivered a speech which was met with applause and laughter throughout, and a thunderous standing ovation … Continue reading

Across the Pond – My kosher deli opens on Shabbat

Jewish food is a big deal in New York; when one thinks about food here one generally thinks about delis and pizza, and while I don’t believe we can claim any Jewish contribution towards the development of New York style pizza, we have been at the forefront of the deli experience. Salt beef sandwiches, matzah … Continue reading