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Getting Around Grandma’s Chicken Soup

Associate Editor
11/10/2009
With his much-hyped new book, “Eating Animals,” Jonathan Safran Foer has managed to do something that my vegetarian husband and daughter have been unable to pull off: sworn me off meat, at least all conventionally raised meat.

Compromise Has Its Limits: Gilad Shalit and Iran

What do you do when your adversary is unwilling to meet you half way?

12/30/2009
Editor and Publisher

Is there is a common thread to — and lesson to be learned from — Israel’s agonizing efforts to obtain the release of Gilad Shalit, its ongoing crisis in dealing with the Palestinians, and President Barack Obama’s failure to dissuade Iran from its relentless effort to develop a nuclear bomb?

It appears to be this: the more you compromise with a bully, the worse off you are.

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L.I. Chabad Picking Up Pieces After Chanukah Accident

12/30/2008
Staff Writer
A day after an SUV smashed into a glass-plated storefront and plowed through the Chabad Chanukah Wonderland celebration in Woodmere, L.I., members of the Chabad-Lubavitch community were picking up the pieces from the shattering mess that ruined holiday festivities.   Reached in the early hours of Friday morning, CrownHeights.Info editor Ben Lifshitz described the scene Thursday afternoon as one of utter “chaos.”

Cuddly Kabbalah

11/28/2007
Staff Writer
Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series profiling Jewish entrepreneurs who are making their mark here in a variety of business ventures. Move over, Madonna. Ken Goldman is the latest name in kabbalistic lore. Well, at least when it comes to toys.

Revson Foundation’s Lisa Goldberg, 54

01/26/2007
Copy Editor
Lisa Goldberg, a foundation leader known for her generosity and energy, died Monday night at age 54. The cause was a brain aneurysm. Since 2003 Goldberg — who was married to John Sexton, the president of New York University — had served as president of the Revson Foundation, which supports a wide range of Jewish and secular causes.

Old Kidnapping, New Dispute

06/14/2002
Staff Writer
The fight over Edgardo Mortara is heating up again 144 years after Vatican police abducted the 6-year-old Jewish boy from his family's home in Bologna. At that time, the dispute was about who should raise the child, his parents or the Catholic Church. Today, it's a legal battle over who should tell the story.  

The Fixer

05/24/2002
Staff Writer
Nathan Englander's first book, "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges," caused considerable buzz when it was released in 1999. Tall and slender, with a mane of dark curls and soft features befitting a biblical hero, the 30-something author became the darling of the Jewish book-fair circuit, drawing swarms of potential book buyers in Jewish Community Centers and synagogues nationwide.  

Sound and Story

07/25/2003
Staff Writer
At first glance, the Lower West Side of Buffalo is not the most photogenic neighborhood. Seen through the lens of optometrist-turned-photographer Milton Rogovin, however, one of the poorest urban areas in New York State reveals a wealth of individual stories full of dramatic difficulty and bittersweet joy. His portraits of otherwise overlooked subjects (including growing families and longtime friends, steel mill workers, drug abusers, prostitutes and preachers) are currently on view in "The Forgotten Ones," an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society.

Welcome to In the Mix

Since April 2006, "In the Mix" has appeared monthly in The Jewish Week. The first and only regular newspaper feature by, for and about intermarried Jews, "In the Mix" draws on journalist Julie Wiener's own experiences raising a Jewish family together with her lapsed Catholic husband, but the column also incorporates extensive interviews, reporting and research from the field. It has addressed everything from conflicts over circumcision, to Julie's mother-in-law's Catholic funeral to an ongoing interfaith divorce battle.

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