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Measuring The Giant That Was Yehuda Halevi

Hillel Halkin’s new biography of the poet-philosopher does him justice.

04/13/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Who was Yehuda Halevi? Generations of Jewish schoolchildren here and in the Palestine Yishuv grew up with his classic poetic line, “Libi ba-mizrach, v’anochi b’sof ma’arav” — “My heart is in the East (the Land of Israel), but I, my body, is in the furthest reaches of the West.” Living and working in the 11th and 12th centuries in Spain, he was one of the giants of Hebrew poetry. That he was a significant figure in the history of Jewish thought is unquestioned.

Halkin captures a larger-than-life figure.

Fayyad’s Call For Statehood Seen Muddying Peace Efforts

In absence of talks, Palestinian prime minister’s move could trigger violence, experts warn.

04/07/2010
Staff Writer

‘Next year in Jerusalem.”

With that renewed cry from Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad about the creation of a Palestinian state as early as next summer — with east Jerusalem as its capital — several analysts feared this week that Fayyad has built up Palestinian expectations  to a point that could spark violence.

Salam Fayyad: Wants UN recognition for state. getty images

Regrettable Moments and Jewish Do-Overs (Part 2)

04/07/2010
JInsider

What are the biggest mistakes in Jewish history? We asked Rabbi Charlie Buckholtz, senior editor at the Shalom Hartman Institute and author, to describe regrettable moments in Jewish history where a do-over might have been helpful. Part 1 of our Regrettable Moments series ran a few weeks ago and we received great feedback. Here is Part 2.   What do you think? Any regrets on our regrets? E-mail us at connect@jinsider.com.

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Steinberg’s Words Still Resonate

At Park Avenue Synagogue symposium and book launch,
scholars describe theological and personal impact of author of ‘As a Driven Leaf.’

03/23/2010
Editor And Publisher

On March 19, 1950, Milton Steinberg, the esteemed rabbi of Park Avenue Synagogue, lay gravely ill with heart failure. But from his hospital sickbed he continued to work on his historical novel about the Prophet Hosea, describing an impending battle scene and a character’s premonitions of the angel of death.

A few hours later he was dead, at 46.

Dr. David Steinberg, left, and Dr. Jonathan Steinberg, sons of Rabbi Milton Steinberg, with speaker Rabbi Harold Kushner.

Gluten-Free Kosher

Passover businesses find a new market niche among Celiac-afflicted and other wheat-averse consumers.

03/23/2010
Associate Editor

Before “gluten-free” became a household word, Passover was eagerly awaited by many a non-Jew.
 
It was not uncommon for the Celiac disease-afflicted, along with others adhering to a gluten-free diet, to consult Pesach recipes year-round and, come spring, to flock to kosher supermarkets.
 

 Author Shauna James Ahern: ‘When there weren’t many gluten-free products, people would go straight for the Passover section."

Sabbath Week: Time Out For Passover

03/23/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:56 p.m. (Fri.); 6:59 p.m. (Mon.);
7:59 p.m. (Tue.)
Torah reading: Leviticus 6:1-8:36
Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-3:24
Shabbat ends: 7:55 p.m.
Chametz: eat before 10:55 a.m.; burn before 11:57 a.m. (Mon.)

 

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Regrettable Moments & Jewish Do-Overs

03/22/2010

It has been a “season of regret,” with corporate miscues and apologies rampant: Toyota’s recall, NBC’s Jay Leno/ Conan O’Brien scheduling gaffe and final recognition of Time Warner’s AOL blunder. If only there were a do-over. What are the biggest mistakes in Jewish history? We asked Rabbi Charlie Buckholtz, senior editor at the Shalom Hartman Institute and author, to describe regrettable moments in Jewish history where a do-over might have been helpful. Tell us what you think. Any regrets on our regrets? E-mail us at connect@jinsider.com.

Echoes Of ‘As A Driven Leaf’

History, theology and biography collide in Milton Steinberg’s ‘new’ historical novel.

03/19/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Precisely 60 years since his death and just over 70 years since the publication of his classic “As a Driven Leaf,” Rabbi Milton Steinberg’s hitherto unpublished novel “The Prophet’s Wife” will be released at his Park Avenue Synagogue pulpit on March 21.
 

Regrettable Moments & Jewish Do-Overs

03/18/2010

It has been a “season of regret,” with corporate miscues and apologies rampant: Toyota’s recall, NBC’s Jay Leno/ Conan O’Brien scheduling gaffe and final recognition of Time Warner’s AOL blunder. If only there were a do-over. What are the biggest mistakes in Jewish history? We asked Rabbi Charlie Buckholtz, senior editor at the Shalom Hartman Institute and author, to describe regrettable moments in Jewish history where a do-over might have been helpful. Tell us what you think. Any regrets on our regrets? E-mail us at connect@jinsider.com.

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