10/10/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Matchmaker


Stoically, Saul Sudin says that when he met his future wife, one thing was clear: “We did not look like a match.”

Both were pursuing a life in the arts – he wanted to be a filmmaker, and Elke Engelson wanted to be a professional illustrator. He was a senior, she was a freshman. They met in Brooklyn at Pratt Institute. 

10/06/2011 | | Online Jewish Week Columnist | The Nosh Pit

I'm a big fan of one pot meals - throw everything in to a pot, simmer for a while and enjoy a steaming hot meal with little prep. The problem with dinners like this is that they can often require hours of cooking - but this flavorful, easy dish can be on the table in half an hour.

10/06/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Hammerman on Ethics

As the Yom Kippur approaches, rather than present a specific ethical quandary I present some reflections and tips on what this holy day can mean for us as we perform the sacred act of engaging with other human beings and with God:

10/06/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World
What follows below is a very slightly edited version of the sermon I delivered on the first day of Rosh Hashanah in my own synagogue.  It was as much a personal statement about my own quest to invest life with meaning as it was a conventional sermon, but upon reflection... if that isn't legitimate fodder for a sermon, I'm not sure what is.

I hope that you find it meaningful, and I wish you all a G'mar Hatima Tovah-
10/04/2011 | | Staff Writer | The Jewish Week Q&A

For Walter Green, a retired entrepreneur who resettled in California from the New York City area, the concept of giving thanks is not limited to one day a year. Many Jews, in their daily prayers or meditations, make a point of showing gratitude.

10/04/2011 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Almost purely by accident, my husband and I ended up in a wild, raw landscape of olive groves, crumbling white-stone walls and vast blue sea views at every bend in the road. We were in Apulia — or Puglia, as the Southern Italian region is known locally — in search of that perfect Italian beach vacation: a little culture, a dose of history, but mostly gorgeous scenery and golden sand.