Brexit: A Shock, But a Traveler's Boon

As Britons Agonize Over Separation, U.K. Visitors Find Bargains

06/28/2016 - 12:31
Travel Writer

The tension between integration and separateness is one that Jews know particularly well.

To be Jewish in the diaspora is, by default, to have a hybrid identity. Where one identity ends and another begins, and the spaces where they overlap — these are waters most of us navigate throughout life, even more so when we travel and those identities are thrown into sharp relief against the backdrop of foreignness.

A tourist stand in Trafalgar Square, in central London. Wikimedia Commons

A ‘Premier’ Jewish Destination

A fixture in central England since classical times, Leicester has literally never gotten so much attention. Until Now.

05/10/2016 - 13:04
Travel Writer

The English city of Leicester has waited 2,000 years for this. Against improbable odds — 5,000 to one, according to local bookmakers — the Leicester City Football Club won this year’s English Premier League, the most competitive national derby on the Continent.

Leicester, following its soccer team’s improbable Premier League championship. Wikimedia Commons

Tisha B'Av Thoughts, 2012

07/25/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Regardless of what else is going on in today’s Jewish world, Tisha B’Av- the fast of the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av- and the three weeks that lead up to it- is a sad and dispiriting time.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Remembering Amy Winehouse, "The Little White Jewish Salt-n-Pepa"

I was never a fan of Amy Winehouse's music, but I think I understood where it came from.  Like me, Winehouse grew up enthralled by black music, and with hip-hop in particular.  Winehouse--who died on Sunday at 27, and was buried today in accordance with Jewish custom--told The Los Angeles Times a few years ago that her first singing act was in a female hip-hop duo.  She formed th

The Man Booker Question: "The Finkler Question"?

As a general rule, I don't cheerlead for people I've written about.  But I'll allow myself this: hats off, again, to Howard Jacobson, whose novel "The Finkler Question" was shortlisted today for the Man Booker Prize.  Jacobson, one of Britain's most respected and funniest writers, did an interview with me a couple of weeks ago.

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