New York

When These Beasts Feast, Hold The Yeast

04/22/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Ron Rubin, a professor of political science by vocation and a few-times-a-week jogger by avocation, never gave serious thought to running 26 miles, 385 yards in a single stretch until he turned his television to the New York City Marathon one Sunday morning about 15 years ago. He saw thousands of runners (world-class athletes and weekend schleppers) traversing the five boroughs and millions of fans cheering them on. He heard marching bands inspiring the runners. He signed up.

Changing Fortunes In Harlem

10/13/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In the next few days, upon his return from a weeklong business trip to the United States, Rami Sulimani will arrange meetings with the leaders of community projects in five Israeli cities. Sulimani, the head of a major social welfare agency in Israel that works with the country's at-risk youth, will tell the leaders to be more innovative. He will tell them to be more proactive. He will tell them to be more assertive in dealing with the government agencies and private foundations that support their activities.

Bringing Justice To War Criminals

12/07/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In the 1970s, Elliot Welles, a Holocaust survivor who had become a successful restaurant owner in Manhattan, scheduled an appointment with two executives of the Anti-Defamation League. He wanted to propose that the ADL establish a unit to hunt down fugitive Nazis.

Joining The Spiritual Conversation

11/30/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Rabbi Irwin Kula, Jewish scholar in Manhattan, received an e-mail message this week from a stranger in Albany, someone with a clearly non-Jewish name. The writer complimented the rabbi for a lesson about the symbolism of the glass broken at a Jewish wedding. The lesson came in a television show, "The Hidden Wisdom of Our Yearnings with Irwin Kula," which was carried on Sunday on Albany's public television station.

'Now I Am A Ghost'

11/23/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Ten months after her son was kidnapped and tortured to death by young Muslim gang members in Paris (after her son became a symbol of anti-Semitic violence, and she began making public speeches about the type of hatred that took her son's life) Ruth Halimi brought her message of tolerance to New York City. "Ilan's tragedy was a humanitarian tragedy," not just a Jewish tragedy, Ruth Halimi told a lunch reception last week at the Anti-Defamation League headquarters in Midtown, her first appearance here.

Jewish Soul On Ice

11/16/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Quebec City, Canada: Number 45 charges into the corner of the hockey rink, beating the other players to the loose puck. Number 45 glides up the ice, a step ahead of his line mates. Number 45 takes a pass in front of the net, deflecting the puck past the goalie. The Quebec Remparts are not wearing numbers or names on their jerseys this morning, but the small numerals at the rear of his helmet, and his grace on skates, mark Benjamin Rubin as a natural.

Bethlehem's Disciple Of Peace

11/09/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The message delivered to a group of Jewish teens at the Yeshivah of Flatbush one afternoon this week was typical: study Torah, be proud Jews, speak up for Israel. But the messenger was a little unusual. Walid Shoebat was for several years, as he introduced himself to 500 day school students, "a Palestinian terrorist."

Keep The Schmaltz, Hold The Trans Fat

11/02/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
My Most Favorite Food, a popular kosher restaurant and bakery in mid-Manhattan, next week joins the likes of KFC, Burger King and the manufacturers of Girl Scout cookies in looking for a new ingredient. All they want is a fat chance: an ingredient that does not contain trans fat, that is. With a ban on trans fat looming over all New York City restaurants, My Most Favorite is about to experiment with an oil (without trans fat but with an acceptable kashrut heksher) that will be used in most of its pareve bakery products, said Scott Magram, chief executive officer.

A White Sukkot

10/19/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Buffalo: The scholars of the Talmud, concerned about the welfare of the Jewish people, debated the meteorological conditions that exempt one from eating a meal in a sukkah. "They talk about rain," says Rabbi Mordechai Friedfertig. No one talks about a sukkah filled with two feet of snow: which happened last week to Rabbi Friedfertig, spiritual leader of Kehillat Ohr Tzion, a small Modern Orthodox congregation in Williamsville, a northern suburb of Buffalo.

The Politics Of Repentance

09/17/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Two theological underpinnings of the approaching High Holy Days season have become more topical this year: apology and forgiveness. Classical Jewish thought, formulated by scholars like Maimonides centuries ago, consider those twin acts as preludes to the Ten Days of Repentance, direct apologies for the previous year’s slights a prerequisite for Divine forgiveness. In “No Enemy to Conquer: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World,” British journalist Michael Henderson argues that apologizing and forgiving have a value on both a personal and political plane.
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