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Jan 23, 2019, 7:51 AM
When I Met the Family Who Rescued My Mother
It was my own Schindler’s List moment -- no one who has seen the movie can forget the final scene where those saved by Schindler and their descendants walk past his grave, pause and gently lay a stone. My...
Jul 12, 2018, 10:53 AM
An Irrelevant Anglo-Jewry
I saw my friend in the queue to board a flight from London to Tel Aviv. She was chatting to her friend, and after the benign introductory chit-chat, I realised that between us, we had 14 adult children, 11...
Mar 26, 2018, 8:09 AM
Four barmitzvahs and a funeral
In a large marquee at a private home in the heart of London’s haredi Golders Green, the youngest of nine children is preening himself and surveying the sushi bar and desert tables being set up. It’s Thursday evening and...
Oct 1, 2017, 6:34 AM
Quadruple bypass surgery: a friend for life
A quadruple bypass delivered the gift of compassion and caring from family and friends
Aug 15, 2017, 12:02 AM
The Tale of the Paunchy Hasidic Jew
There’s a paunchy Hasidic Jew in North London licking his wounds having been caught frolicking with a young blonde woman, whom it can safely be assumed is not his wife. It's a warm day – gauging by what the...
May 25, 2017, 7:39 PM
JFK’s legacy to the Orthodox world
JFK is increasingly popular in Orthodox synagogues. Women have whispered into my ear, ‘I really only come JFK.’ Inspired by JFK’s famous maxim, women understand they must 'ask not what your synagogue can do for you -- ask what...
Apr 28, 2017, 5:54 AM
Parenting a lone soldier
When orphans marry, it's small wonder that their child finds a large clan in the Jewish people
Mar 21, 2017, 4:47 PM
Exciting news from the ivory tower as emerging academic research in Jewish studies takes hold. Drawing on the nascent field of virtue signalling, the discipline of ‘frum signalling’ is showing promising results in the measurement of both piety and...
Feb 10, 2017, 10:34 AM
Jewish Fashion Week: A Modest Proposal
February is the season of Fashion Weeks – New York, London, Milan, Paris – cities around the world have a full programme showcasing fashion trends that unleash incisive commentaries on the this season’s colours, hemlines and the attempts to...
Sep 1, 2016, 1:13 PM
A gap year for parents
In a few days, my youngest daughter leaves for ‘sem’ – a rite of passage for many in the Orthodox community and part of a wider phenomenon of the ‘gap year’ experience that allows over-privileged 18 year-olds to abscond...
Sally Berkovic is the author of Under My Hat, short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly prize, which reflects on raising her daughters while straddling the tensions between Orthodoxy and modernity.