Join Eretz Hakodesh UK

In the nearly three years since I started this blog, I have written about a wide range of topics, but I have never endorsed a party or organization, or used my platform to lobby for a specific cause. Today, I want to make an exception and ask you to take a few seconds to fill…

The National Charedi

A fortnight ago, an important milestone was reached in Charedi engagement with global Jewry in the form of the latest Am Echad mission to Israel. Am Echad was founded after Rabbi Moshe Sherer of Agudath Israel launched a campaign in the 1990s to build a broad coalition from all streams of Orthodoxy to to fight…

Decent Exposure

This week saw the announcement of a new development for UK Charedi Jews, the establishment of the Pinter Trust, dedicated, in its own words, to being a ‘point of contact for our community’s public affairs and public relations’. There is no doubt that this is an important step forward, one that has come not a…

On Chaim Walder

My pet project is showing that Charedi society functions according to regular laws and patterns, and that attempts to improve Charedi society that ignore these patterns will invariably fall flat on their face. With this in mind, let us state clearly the specific factors which impede our ability to stop depraved sexual predators from turning…

Our Professional Duty

A little over a week ago, Rabbi Hertz Frankel passed away after a rich and full career as one of the prominent askanim of post-war American Jewry. Rabbi Frankel’s official title was head of secular studies, or principal, at the original Beis Rochel D’Satmar in New York, the first girls’ school established in the tradition…

A Plague On Two Houses

Two weeks ago, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick intervened to overrule Westminster Council and approve the construction of a Holocaust Memorial next to the Houses of Parliament, a project first launched by then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2014. Backers of the project include some of the most influential members of the UK Jewish community, including…

No Good Deed

Two topics I have periodically explored on this blog are, first, the need for a greater professionalism and a new leadership class within the Charedi community and, secondly, the imperative to challenge defamatory depictions of Charedi life and culture in wider society and media. My instinct was to see these issues as connected: a Charedi…

Each To Their Own

Earlier this month, a shocking piece of research was published by OFSTED on the prevalence of sexual abuse and harassment in British schools and colleges. To quote the report “nearly 90% of girls, and nearly 50% of boys, said being sent explicit pictures or videos of things they did not want to see happens a…

On the Meron Tragedy

This Lag B’Omer the Jewish world woke up to news of the worst civilian tragedy in the history of the State of Israel, and one of the worst disasters of any kind in recent years anywhere in the developed world. What normally is a place of joy became a place where children were made orphans,…

The New Variant

For as long as there have been bekeshes in Stamford Hill, a feature of our communal life has been the freelance extremist who, over many decades, has refined and perfected a mode of religious activism known colloquially as ‘shouting incoherently at people like a nutter’. This advocacy comes in slightly different flavours: some are happy…