11/15/2016 - 15:57 | | Travel Writer | Travel

On Election Day, I waited in line to vote in West Philadelphia, where my husband took a teaching position this year. I’d scrambled to file my new registration in between trips, excited to vote in a swing state. But the local mood was anything but purple.

11/15/2016 - 13:30 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View

Like many people here and around the country, the results of the election on Nov. 8 plunged me into a deep depression. The ramifications of a Trump administration are not yet fully known, but some of its contours are beginning to take shape: Republicans, with the president-elect at the helm, will control both houses of Congress; Trump will make a nomination to the Supreme Court almost immediately upon taking office (he has said he will appoint a pro-life justice); his cabinet may feature Sarah (“Drill, Baby, Drill”) Palin as secretary of the interior; and he has already put a host of corporate lobbyists in equally incongruous roles.

11/14/2016 - 14:58 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Matchmaker

Lisa Barkan remembered the words of her late husband, Jeremy: “A year after I’m gone, I want you to go out and find someone else.  When I look down from the Heavens, I want to see you wearing colorful clothes, laughing and having fun.” 

11/10/2016 - 13:31 | | A Rabbi's World

 

Because of the traditional Jewish teaching that, before a boy’s BarMitzvah, whatever sins he might perform are debited, as it were, against his father’s account, the practice developed that, on the morning of the Bar Mitzvah ceremony, the father would recite these words: "Baruh she’p’tarani mei’onsho shel zeh." Which translated to "Praised [be God] who has freed me from this one’s (his son’s) punishment."

11/08/2016 - 15:56 | | Travel Writer | Travel

By the time you read this, we should have a president-elect … and depending on the outcome, some people will threaten a move to Canada.

11/08/2016 - 13:09 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

I recently returned from a first-time trip to Berlin. I had heard all the buzz about Berlin, about its hipness, about its cutting edge art scene, about how cheap and accessible it is. But I’d had no real interest in visiting.