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Converting from a Jewish Label to a Jewish Life

04/27/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

When my older brother Scott was a senior in college, he wrote home about the new woman he was dating. Three pieces of information stuck out: 1) she had the same first name as his sister (that's me), 2) she was from Minnesota (where's that?) and 3) she was Jewish. While many Jewish families would have regarded that third detail as cause for either relief or celebration, our family took it as evidence that his new girlfriend was in a cult, and would certainly try to get my brother to drink the (kosher) Kool-Aid.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Marking Yom HaShoah: Calendars And Memory, God And History

04/26/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The Orthodox Chief Rabbinate decided in 1949 that the Shoah (the Hebrew, literally meaning "catastrophe," that is now used for the Holocaust) should be commemorated on the 10th of Tevet, a minor fast day already established in the Jewish calendar.

Blossom’s Orthodox Outreach

Baal teshuvah TV star Mayim Bialik promotes ‘Jew In The City’ project.
04/26/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

‘I can’t really say that I knew her before she was famous,” says Allison Josephs. “But I can say that I knew her before she was famous again.”


Covering (And Covering Up) Sexual Abuse

04/17/2011 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Over time, a journalist gets used to being criticized. How, then, to respond, if at all? There’s a thin line between feeling justified for what one writes in seeking, for example, to expose wrongdoing in the community, and feeling self-righteous, or even immune from disapproval.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Splitting Of The Sea, 1943

An aging righteous gentile recalls ferrying Danish Jews to freedom from the Nazis.
04/17/2011 - 20:00
Associate Editor

If God had divided the sea for us, even if we didn’t pass through on dry land, it would have been enough, Dayenu.

Christiansen being honored by former Israeli Consul General Arye Mekel.

Eight Days a Week, (Camp) I Lo-o-o-o-ove You!

04/13/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

So, I'm in the middle of my Pesach preparations, as I'm sure many of you are. I'm figuring out which Haggadah to use this year, finalizing the menu that my sister and I will prepare for our guests, and cleaning up the living room and dining room. The kitchen is about to be the eye of the storm, and brand-new bottles of Manichewitz wine are already forming what looks like a small army on the counter.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Passover Reflections and the Four Cups of Wine

04/13/2011 - 20:00

How can we better understand the lessons of Passover in the context of our experience as Jews in the 21st century? To do this, Rabbi Irwin Kula uses the four cups of wine to offer insights into the Exodus story and help us grasp our identity and obligations in this modern age. Your Passover seder may never be the same after reading this inspiring and thoughtful commentary.

Cup One: The Slaves

Life Lessons from Manischewitz

04/13/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

While I was secretly hoping that Kate and William might need a keynote speaker for their big day, I was not surprised that my invitation to the royal wedding never arrived. I can also say that, as a cheerful and frequent host of many Shabbat dinners, I am far from astounded when my family gets invited out to usher in the Sabbath around someone else's dining room table.

Deborah Grayson Riege

Preparing for Passover: Keeping Perspective Amidst the Madness

04/13/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

It is often said that if it were possible to remember pain, no family would have more than one child. And yet, year in and year out, we Jews engage in this annual ritual of completely subverting the normal order of our kitchens, and often our furniture, and willingly subject ourselves to the very arduous task of preparing for Passover.

By the way, it is also often said that if the ancient rabbis ever set foot in their kitchens, such that they were, the laws of Passover would look quite different. But we won't go there…

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Pregnant Inmates Chained During Labor: On the Dignity of Childbirth

04/13/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Childbirth is one of the most sacred events of the human experience. All women deserve the dignity to give birth free of danger, restraint, or oppression. Unfortunately, this is not the case in America for inmates who are forced to go through labor in shackles - not metaphorical shackles; real ones.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz
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