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12/16/2011 | | Online Jewish Week Columnist | The Nosh Pit

I don't know about you but I'm often... fairly short on time. And as much as I love to bake, sometimes it has to take a backseat to work, class and whatever else life throws my way. But even when sleep is in short supply and my to do list is a mile long - and the only things crossed off are the ones I put on there after already finishing - there are quick and simple desserts I can make that still bring a wow factor.

12/15/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a piece for this paper about Pilgrims and Native Americans.  It spoke of how the legacy of the Thanksgiving story often falls prey to deconstructionists, who value historical truth over cultural myth at all cost. Rather than have children- and, for that matter, adults- celebrate a cherished American belief in a common appreciation of blessings, they would argue that historical reality in all of its messiness- or at least, the probability of its being reality- must trump exercises in feel-good nostalgia rooted in legend.

12/13/2011 | | Staff Writer | The Jewish Week Q&A

Rabbi Emily Rosenzweig of Mt. Vernon was sworn in here this week by the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council as a military chaplain, becoming the first woman rabbi from New York to serve in that capacity.

Ordained in 2006 by the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, Rabbi Rosenzweig is now one of nine women rabbis — plus another 60 male rabbis — serving as chaplains in the armed forces, according to the JWB.

12/13/2011 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Fifty Jewish kids with cancer spent a few days in Orlando, Fla., last week under the auspices of Brooklyn-based Ohr Meir (, an 18-year-old organization named for Meir Friedman, a child who lost his life to leukemia. Ohr is Hebrew for “light.”

But last week’s trip could be called Ohr Mickey. As in Mickey Mouse.

12/13/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | All She Wrote

She’s not a rabbi. She has no plans to become one. She sees herself more as a teacher than a trailblazer. And yet, Adena K. Berkowitz — who at 52 is an Orthodox mother of five, a scholar of bio-ethics, a lawyer and an instructor of liturgy, to name a few of her many roles — quietly added an intriguing new hat to her collection three years ago, one that places her among a small group of pioneers: spiritual leader of an Orthodox congregation. 

12/13/2011 | | Travel Writer | Travel

The chilly fog of Paris, and its neat rows of Hausman-era rooflines, receded as we drove north on the highway toward Lille, the city giving way to thick forests and wide-open fields of green still vivid on this late-fall weekend.

It was Thanksgiving weekend, to be precise, and my husband, Oggi, and I were spending the holiday with cousins who settled awhile back in French horse country. Twenty-five miles northeast through thick woods dotted with streams and the odd chateau take you into the Department of Oise.