Joanna Samuels

Post-Wedding Planning

Looking beyond the ceremony to the realities of marriage.

06/16/2010

 Weddings are perfect moments in time: celebrations of love, certainly, but also carefully crafted productions that express status, values and religious identity. Saturday-night dinner dance or Sunday afternoon in the backyard? Factory-farmed prime rib or sustainable wild salmon? Seven circles around the groom or none at all? Nothing is too insignificant to help a couple display their identity.

 Elderly couple embraces under the chupah after their wedding at Malben home for the aged. Netanya, Israel, 1959. Courtesy of th

The Glass Pulpit

08/06/2004
Staff Writer

Female rabbis in the Conservative movement face obstacles to career advancement not unlike those encountered by women in other historically male-dominated professions.

A new report shows that women rabbis earn $77,000 annually on average, while men make about 50 percent more, earning an average of $119,000 per year.
The study also found that women tend to lead smaller and less populous congregations, and hold fewer influential non-pulpit positions than do their male counterparts.

Pressure Seen Mounting Against Kosher Meat Giant

05/28/2008
Staff Writer
Jason Herman, a Manhattan Orthodox rabbi and kosher meat consumer, has stopped buying the beef and poultry sold by AgriProcessors. Now, when he shops at the Upper West Side’s Kosher Marketplace, he takes care to choose only products from its competitors.

Was God In The Tsunami?

01/14/2005
Staff Writer
The images transmitted from half a world away thrust suffering into our eyes on a scale that might have seemed like the stuff of Hollywood horror films. More than 150,000 people swallowed by the sea, many of their broken bodies spit back onto land like so much detritus, the bodies of children stacked up awaiting identification, mothers able to hold on to only two children while their others were washed away. The magnitude of the anguish has forced many to ask the eternal and fundamental theological question: “Where was God?”
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