Tuesday, 27 March 2012
In the following piece in Jewish Quarterly, I question the seemingly neat fusion of liberalism and Zionism encapsulated by the term "Liberal Zionism." Following the launch in early 2012 of Peter Beinart's blog, Open Zion, and the publication of his book, The Crisis of Zionism, it is increasingly clear that Liberal Zionism is in vogue. I critically analyse both theoretical and historical arguments to ask whether Liberal Zionism is coherent or actually a contradiction in terms.
Monday, 4 July 2011
I published this piece in The Jewish Chronicle in July 2011 after my position as an Under-35 Observer to the Board of Deputies of British Jews was rescinded by my synagogue in light of the article I co-authored in The Guardian on circumcision, together with the negative press that ensued in The JC itself. In this article, I call on the Jewish community to take seriously the ancient tradition of debating, and urge Jews to continue following the tradition of constantly questioning and seeking truth to find answers to difficult questions.
Monday, 20 June 2011
On 20 June 2011, I was interviewed by Sara Ivry for Tablet Magazine's podcast, Vox Tablet, about my doctoral research on fertility policies in Israel. I discussed the evolution of these policies, from Ben-Gurion's cash “Birth Prizes” awarded to mothers on the birth of their 10th child in the early days of the state to today’s heavily subsidized fertility procedures for women who wish to conceive, and about accusations that these policies have favoured Jewish citizens over others.
In this article, published in Tablet Magazine in June 2011, I explore Israel's fertility policies within the context of the seemingly paradoxical decision to keep Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin, Yigal Amir, in solitary confinement for more than 15 years while allowing him to father a child. I argue that in the context of Israel's exceptionally pro-natalist fertility policies, this seeming paradox actually makes sense.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
In this piece, published in The Guardian in June 2011, my friend and colleague, Neil Howard, and I discuss male infant circumcision. We ask whether the differences between male and female circumcision are so straightforward as to justify a distinction in the law. The article was prompted by a bill in San Francisco in 2011 that proposed to