himself " 'Chaim' coupled with 'Itze" (or Isaac)
means 'life and laughter', and I have done my best to live up
Political Correctness "'Thou shalt not be judgemental'
has replaced 'thou shalt not commit adultery' in the Ten Commandments".
On the family "The family is a walled garden in which
the young flourish and the old decline, and functions as a lasting
source of mutual support. Remove it, and one is left to the caring
professions, who can, within limits, be useful enough as a prop
to the family, but are no substitute for it".
Freedom and the press "The liberty to cause offence,
even outrage, is precisely what freedom of speech is about. It
presumes the right to be wrong".
Harold Pinter "
is a man of few words, most
of them silly"
Primo Levy "
best antidote to jewish paranoia
that I've come across.
Edwina Currie "I am not in favour of intermarriage
but the fact that the former Tory MP Edwina Currie has spoken
out against it, suggests that there must be something to be said
The politics of 'greater Israel' "Israel is supremely
capable of defending itself against external enemies, but rather
less effective at defending itself against the enemy within".
Religion: "Judaism is essentially wholesome and benign,
as long as it is distant from power".
"If there should ever be peace Jew and Arab, there will be
one almighty settling of accounts between Jew and Jew".
Gourmet: "Judaism not only impacts on the soul, it
can be, and should be, tasted on the tongue".
Animal Magic: " Cats are the most beautiful things
in creation (especially when small)
and the one constant
element in a constantly changing world".
Sports: "There may come a time when Israel will be
at peace with it's neighbours, but it will never be at peace with
itself until the principles and practice of cricket are more widely
Tel Aviv: "There is no rush hour in Tel Aviv. They
rush all the time and the more frantic their efforts to get around,
the longer they stay in place".
" the Yeshiva world is the last word in nepotism".
Commenting on the fact that in may Yehivot, the only way to
become a Maggid Shiur is to marry the Rosh Yeshiva's daughter.
" Half of them have done time, the other half should have
done time". Commenting on the congregants of a particular
North London Minyan, many of whom had been investigated for tax