01/10/2012 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Santiago, the blossoming capital of Chile, has long been the Latin American also-ran — overlooked as travelers flocked to the tango of Buenos Aires, the Inca wonders of Machu Picchu and the sexy shores of Brazil.

That’s precisely what makes Santiago such fun to discover. As one of the hemisphere’s most vibrant economies, crisis-defying Chile is becoming an international destination for investors, professionals and tourists, and one of my top picks for 2012.

01/06/2012 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

There is probably no more cliché way to open a speech or article about Israel than to say something like “These past few weeks and months have been difficult ones for Israel.”  It’s cliché because one would be hard-pressed to think of a time when that was not true.  Rarely are we afforded a time to focus on the glories of Israel, which are many, and not the problems that seem to plague it from all angles and directions.

01/05/2012 | | Online Jewish Week Columnist | The Nosh Pit

There's nothing quite like a steaming bowl of soup on a freezing winter day. And while chicken soup is known as the "Jewish penicillin" don't limit yourself to a nice bowl of broth, when there are so many other options out there to experiment with.

Sometimes simple is the best, like this mushroom barley soup, which is rich, hearty and easy to make.

01/04/2012 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Matchmaker

The father, Dr. David Kreiner, married a nurse. Their son, Dr. Jason Kreiner, married another physician.  Rites have changed in 37 years.

“I knew I’d marry someone who is hard-working,” says Jason. And indeed Robyn Epstein was working hard when the two met.  In the fall of 2006, Robyn was beginning her first year at Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, and Jason was a second-year student.

01/03/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

The Czech Republic’s capital is known locally as Golden Prague — and the city contains its share of Jewish gems.

While the city had a Jewish population of 92,000 before World War II, today only 1,500 Jews are registered as members of Prague’s Jewish community, with another estimated 5,000 living there.

01/03/2012 | | Staff Writer | The Jewish Week Q&A

Yochanan Phaltual is the administrator of the 5,000-member Bnei Menashe in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, a community believed to be one of the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel.

In June, Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption voted in principle to resume permitting the remaining 7,200 Bnei Menashe in India to make aliyah, but it set no time schedule.