09/06/2011 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Every year for the past decade, the entire continent of Europe has spent the first post-vacation weekend in September celebrating 2,000 years of Jewish culture, from its most ancient aspects to its modern incarnations. There are bagels in Brussels, lectures in Lyon, concerts in Krakow, screenings in Sofia.

It’s the European Day of Jewish Culture: a grassroots, pan-cultural and pan-religious event whose aim is to recover and delve deeper into the richness of the continent’s Jewish heritage.

09/02/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Hammerman on Ethics
Q - A few weeks ago an Israeli court is believed to have made history by being the first to allow parents to extract and freeze the ovarian eggs of their recently deceased daughter.  I know that's been done with a man's sperm, but this seems to cross an ethical red line, doesn't it?
09/02/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | First Person

One of the primary areas in daily life where I strive for piety is in my eating choices. Jewish tradition is rich with wisdom pertinent to our greatest moral problems related to food consumption today: hunger, just labor practices, treatment of animals, fair trade, environmental impact, and access to healthy food options. I have become more interested in exploring the degree to which the lifestyles advised in Chassidic thought can assist the moral life choices of one seeking to eat and consume more justly.

09/01/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | The Nosh Pit

All my life, I've had food obsessions: periods of time, be it days, weeks or months, where I eat certain foods in heavy concentrations. Right now it's probably chickpeas, quinoa, zucchini and ice pops - not necessarily together, of course. In the past I've consumed foods like cabbage, butternut squash, cherries, tofu and various other foods with the same level of intensity.

09/01/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Success Without The Tsuris

I remember exactly where I was when I heard that the Space Shuttle Challenger had exploded 73 seconds after lift-off just before noon on Jan. 28, 1986 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. School was closed for parent-teacher conferences that day, but we had been assigned to watch the launch on television for homework. I was sitting cross-legged on the living room floor, watching the shuttle climb higher and higher and then … disaster. There was an explosion of smoke, the plume splitting into two, and then the trail of destruction lingering in the skies.

08/30/2011 | | Lens

In the waning days of summer, a hot-weather snack made most popular in Italy has made an appearance on the Upper West Side. A custom-made food cart opened recently along Broadway at 72nd Street, offering the standard 31 flavors, changed daily, of the Screme Gelato Bar. It also offers a hechsher.