Keith Kahn-Harris


Failing To Capture the Vibrancy of British Jewish Life

By Keith Kahn-Harris

Failing To Capture the Vibrancy of British Jewish Life
The new survey of British Jewry shows polarization and decline. But Keith Kahn-Harris says it misses one very important factor: the increasing vitality of Jewish life in the UK.Read More


Institution of Chief Rabbi Has Outlived Its Usefulness

By Keith Kahn-Harris

Institution of Chief Rabbi Has Outlived Its Usefulness
British Jews have just selected a new chief rabbi. Keith Kahn-Harris argues that the post is no longer needed — and explains why it doesn’t exist on this side of the pond.Read More


‘Perfidious Albion’

By Keith Kahn-Harris

A monumental study of English antisemitism proves an astonishing and controversial achievement.Read More


‘A Tango Between God and Satan’

By Keith Kahn-Harris

‘A Tango Between God and Satan’
The odd Eurovision Song Contest win aside, the post-1948 Israeli popular music scene was an insular one for decades, appealing little to Diaspora Jews, let alone the wider world. Yet once the irresistible tide of globalized mass media struck Israel in the 1980s and ’90s, Israeli music became enriched by a host of local subcultures that drew on, and contributed to, global music scenes. Today, Israel rap and trance are recognized worldwide as unique and fascinating versions of global styles.Read More


The Fascination of Israel

By Keith Kahn-Harris

The Fascination of Israel
A common theme in pro-Israel discourse is that critics of Israel are “obsessed” with the Jewish state. There’s certainly something to this argument: Israel seems to occupy a place in the pantheon of leftist bugbears out of all proportion to the size of the country and the (undoubted) wrongs it has committed. But obsession with Israel is not confined to the left; its defenders are equally convinced of its importance as a touchstone of moral and political rectitude. It isn’t just Israelis and Palestinians who have a stake in the conflict but, seemingly, everyone else, as well. Amid the cacophony of opinions, there are no disinterested “honest brokers” anymore.Read More






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