Judaism

Do Jews think differently?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Could a common ancestral way of thinking have freed Jews to change the way we see the world

Tobias and the angel, attributed to Titian

Angels through the ages

2 March 2019 9:00 am

A good question for your upcoming Lent quiz: where are angels mentioned in the Nicene Creed? I asked this at…

Harvey Milk. Credit Getty Images

The ‘other’ life of Harvey Milk

15 September 2018 9:00 am

This is the story of the ‘other’ Harvey Milk. We all know about Harvey the San Francisco politician who was…

The origins of Labour’s racism

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Another word which has gained a new meaning in the present decade, along with ‘vulnerable’ and ‘diverse’: survivor. Once it…

Might an unearthed letter help explain why Prince Charles is so fond of Islam?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

It has long been my belief that whereas the quality of gentiles drawn to Judaism is very high (Marilyn Monroe,…

Reza Aslan: personable, charismatic and a keen self-publicist. He could be wearing togas and flying around in a private jet in five years’ time

Reza Aslan doesn’t fear God. But should he fear his fellow Muslims?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Do not fear God, Reza Aslan tells us. You are God. But preaching this form of pantheism can be dangerous, warns Alexander Waugh

The influence of the sun, moon and stars on reading the signs of the Kabbalah

The mystical appeal of Judaism

1 July 2017 9:00 am

This extraordinary book has two main characters: Gershom Scholem (1897–1982), an early Zionist and the founder of the modern study…

Patience Gray in 1959, photographed by a colleague at the Observer

The bewitching charms of Patience Gray

24 June 2017 9:00 am

As a food writer Patience Gray (1917–2005) merits shelf-space with M.F.K. Fisher, Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson. Fleeing from the…

You’ve got to have faith (or be very good at pretending)

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Inside the race for places at sought-after religious schools, by Ysenda Maxtone Graham

The difference between a yarmulke and a kippah

11 March 2017 9:00 am

What, asks the columnist Philologus in the online magazine Mosaic, is the difference between a kippah and a yarmulke? I’m…

Star quality: Chaim Topol as Tevye

Why do people flock to Fiddler on the Roof – a musical about exile, pogroms and poverty?

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Why do people flock to a musical about exile, pogroms and poverty? Neil Armstrong investigates

A Roman emperor’s inauguration to rival Donald Trump’s

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Given that Donald Trump is not the most popular president the USA has ever seen, even among his own party,…

The hateful whispers that make me want to move from London to Tel Aviv

21 January 2017 9:00 am

It’s time I left London’s anti-Semites behind

The restaurant I’ll go to when the world ends

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Harry Morgan is a Jewish delicatessen and restaurant in the style of New York City on St John’s Wood High…

Is Jonathan Safran Foer having a midlife crisis?

10 September 2016 9:00 am

For Jonathan Safran Foer fans and sceptics alike, Here I Am comes as a wonderful gift, a truly painful, honest…

Bring back the old Brass Rail, Selfridges!

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The last time I reviewed a restaurant in Selfridges, a PR man rang up to ask what he could do…

György Spiro’s Captivity fails to captivate Tibor Fischer

9 January 2016 9:00 am

It’s been a long time coming for György Spiró. However much Hungarian writers complain about the isolation forced upon them…

If you believe the internet, I was Israel’s answer to Jason Bourne

12 December 2015 9:00 am

One of the strangest and, in a weird way, best things to have happened to me in the past year…

Standing figure of the ancient Egyptian god Horus, wearing Roman military costume, 1st–2nd century AD and Seated figure of the ancient Egyptian god Horus, wearing Roman military costume, 1st–2nd century AD

Egypt: where gods are born and go to die

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Tom Holland on Egypt, where the deities were born and history itself began

Turning Alzheimer’s into theatre is like building a surfboard out of sawdust

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Here are three truths about play-writing. A script without an interval will be structurally flawed. A vague, whimsical title means…

Even Nazis weren’t quite sure how to do the Hitler salute

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Gesture politics A royal home movie from 1933 apparently showed the future Queen, aged seven, and her mother giving a…

Vespasian’s Middle East policy (it should be ours, too)

25 July 2015 9:00 am

As Ahmed Rashid argued last week, it is hard to see what the West is doing in the Middle East,…

Why is a festival of Israeli film fighting for censorship in London?

20 June 2015 9:00 am

The attempt to ban Jewish men from seeing ‘The Gift of Fire’ sets a very dangerous precedent

Bad Jews at the Arts Theatre reviewed: strange, raw, obsessive and brilliant

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Bad Jews has completed its long trek from a smallish out-of-town venue to a full-scale West End berth. Billed as…

This ex-priest’s history of the gospels could unsettle the most faithful churchgoer

13 December 2014 9:00 am

When James Carroll was a boy, lying on the floor watching television, he would glance up at his mother and…