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Dec 4, 2023, 3:56 AM
The War on Jewishness and Our Response
Hamas killed a lot more than 1,200 people on 7 October and destroyed many more lives than those of the hostages, the survivors of rape, their families and the families of the murdered. What they destroyed, or tried to...
Nov 28, 2023, 7:23 AM
Marching to an Uncertain Future
My wife and I went to the Campaign Against Antisemitism march on Sunday. It was billed as a march against antisemitism, but there were a number of placards and banners supporting Israel and calling for the return of the...
Nov 26, 2023, 7:31 AM
Deconstructing the Naqba Narrative
I was talking to my parents about something unrelated to Israel. The TV news was on in the background. Earlier in the evening, right after Shabbat, we had seen that Hamas had delayed (at that time, totally prevented) the...
Nov 15, 2023, 6:07 PM
Do the Gazans Love Their Children?
An oft-quoted adage, popularly, although apocryphally, attributed to Golda Meir, states that, “Peace will come when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.” At the start of the current conflict, I saw a Times of Israel...
Nov 12, 2023, 1:04 AM
Where is God? Where is Man?
My wife asked me a while before Shabbat whether I ever felt that God could do more for the Jewish people right now. I said that I have felt that in previous difficult times, but not currently, but that...
Nov 9, 2023, 4:52 AM
A Critique of Pure Evil
Yesterday marked a month since the 7 October atrocities, but religious Jews in the diaspora didn’t learn the details until late on 8 October, a month ago today, when Simchat Torah finished. In the month since then, my mood...
Nov 8, 2023, 1:46 AM
Give War a Chance
Lately I am alternating between depressed and angry. I think lots of people will understand. Yesterday was a depressed day, overwhelmed at the sheer hate for Jews in the world and the morally impossible situations our enemies love to...
Nov 4, 2023, 11:22 PM
Boycotting the BBC Licence Fee
In the UK, we have to pay £159 for the privilege of owning a television, to fund the state broadcaster, the BBC. This may have been worthwhile in the 1960s and 1970s, when BBC television was probably the best...
Nov 2, 2023, 1:01 AM
Vayera: The Destruction of the Wicked
Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Liady, the founder of Habad Hasidism, said that Jews must “live with the times,” meaning that we should live with the weekly sedra (Torah reading), finding contemporary meaning in the timeless text. Sometimes this is...
Oct 31, 2023, 8:20 PM
Antisemitism and the Western Media
It’s always exciting when someone you know is in the news. During the pandemic, our local pharmacist, was on TV, being one of a very small number of pharmacies initially licensed to vaccinate against COVID. Even the then Vaccines...
Daniel Saunders is an office administrator, proofreader and copy editor living in London with his wife. He has a BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford and an MA in Library and Information Management.