Does Trump really mean what he says? Is he genuine or is he playing a game. No one knows. But far more interesting, no one really cares and it doesn’t really matter. And this is probably the real meaning of Trump.
Some Jews were not delighted by Donald Trump’s recent reference to ‘International Bankers”. Trump declared this week that his rival Hilary Clinton is somehow “an instrument of a vast conspiracy involving scads of money and international banks”
This week, in the Jewish progressive magazine Mondoweiss, Avigail Abarbanel, an ex-Israeli and anti- Zionist informed us that she too has now ‘left the cult,’. I agreed with most of Abarbanel’s arguments against Israel and Zionism but I was nonetheless alarmed at the intellectual dishonesty at the core of her argument.
Often in American cinema, a dichotomy is played out between the good and the bad. In this film the bad Jew destroys everyone around him including, his best Jewish friend who is also his business partner. The good Jew in turn also destroys everyone - but the difference is, he feels guilty about it.
The rabbi warns the European Parliaments that if Jews leave Europe, liberty will come to an end. But reality suggests the complete opposite. No one asks Jews to leave Europe - it is actually Jewish institutions that prevent Europeans from thinking freely let alone revise their memory of their past. I suggest that rather than preaching to Europeans about the importance of Jews and Jerusalem, Rabbi Sack should take some time off from Jerusalem to study Athens.
Jewish campaigners have reacted with fury to the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn, warning that with the left-winger in charge, the Labour Party is “no longer a safe place for British Jews”. Maybe, but also maybe it is time to accept that Jews don’t feel safe anywhere - not in France, not in Belgium, not in Monroe, NY, not even in Israel despite the IDF being one of the strongest armies in the world. But beware. If Jews do not feel safe anywhere, then makingthe Labour party into a Jewish safe haven may well be considered an anti-Jewish act.
Rabbi Neuberger feels she finally has made her peace with Germany. If only we had known that all it takes for a Jew to forgive Germany and to put the Holocaust behind is a bit of British patriotism well, we could have saved ourselves a lot of time and energy.
Workshop from 09–13 August 2016, concerts from 08–14 August 2016
Jazz, improvisation and education combined with a music festival. An intense week of tuition, concerts and jam sessions for all levels, led by some of the world’s best teachers and performers.
Alan Barnes and Gilad Atzmon, two of Britain's most celebrated saxophonists, join forces for a special performance at Hideaway. Expect an evening of humour and superb music by a hand-chosen band of jazz stars!
Alan Barnes and Gilad Atzmon, two of Britain’s most celebrated virtuoso reeds players, join forces to produce an unforgettable jazz night of superb music spiced up with great humour.
Blib-Blob may have summed it up. The blistering bebop-ish theme twisted and leapt through the rhythm changes sequence, tenor (Gilad Atzmon) and alto (Alan Barnes) locked together. The groove though, was a self-consciously heavy handed, funky shuffle injecting a subversive flavour into the passionate blowing, a riotously serious delivery that pervaded the whole evening. This was Atzmon and Barnes with Atzmon’s regular, equal to and up for anything rhythm section of Frank Harrison on piano, Yaron Stavi on bass and Chris Higinbottom on drums.
Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble is giving away their track Gaza Mon Amour in return for donations to PTC(UK) Palestine Trauma Centre UK via I Give You Give!
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Despite Alan and Gilad’s very different backgrounds and approaches, their love of bop and post-bop as well as their mutual respect both professionally and personally makes the collaboration natural – it’s early days but I am sure more co-penned numbers will emerge and a CD will ensue.