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Tim Boxer At Appeal Of Conscience

10/06/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

In introducing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Appeal of Conscience Foundation awards dinner, Henry Kissinger made note of his own public service as National Security Advisor in the White House and Secretary of State in the 1970s.

“The only reason I mention it,” he said, “is because never before and never since has the White House and the State Department been as amicable as it was then.”

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper accepts World Statesman Award from Rabbi Arthur Schneier with Henry Kissinger.

ADL Chair On Monitoring Anti-Semitism

10/04/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Robert G. Sugarman of Manhattan will be completing his three-year term Nov. 15 as national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League. Both his parents and his uncle were longtime ADL leaders, and Sugarman has served as a national commissioner for nearly 30 years.

ADL’s Robert Sugarman: “Anti-Semitism is alive and well.”

How Michael met Julie

07/28/2016 - 16:48

How was this seder different from all other seders? At this seder, Michael Biblowit met Julie Cannold.

Michael Biblowit and Julie Cannold were married on April 2, 2016 in Manhattan. Hechler Photographers

Arguments for the Sake of Heaven… And Not

07/27/2016 - 12:19

It is well known that the single greatest Jewish legal text, the Talmud, is built on a foundation of disagreements. In fact, those disagreements were indispensable to the eventual adjudication of the laws themselves, because the truth that was to inform the law was ultimately found in the dialectic of the dialogues of the discussants.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Last Jewish Presidential Candidate Standing

07/27/2016 - 08:50

Voters who have their hearts set on supporting a left-wing secular Jew running an insurgent campaign still have a candidate. Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party candidate, is making another run. And this year, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both earning historically low popularity ratings, she hopes she can attract at least some of Bernie Sanders’ 13 million Democratic primary voters. With a far-left platform, Stein advocates government-guaranteed full employment, a national mobilization on the order of World War II to fight climate change and an initiative to cut military spending by at least 50 percent.

Green day: Jill Stein is running on the Green Party line. Getty Images

Travel: Île de Porquerolles, A French Corner of Paradise

Tranquility abounds on this tiny, car-free Mediterranean island.

07/26/2016 - 13:31
Travel Writer

In the 2008 French film “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis,” a goofy comedy that pokes fun at regional stereotypes, a hapless postal worker is rewarded for years of suffering in the country’s bleak north with a supposedly plum post — on the Mediterranean island of Porquerolles.

The Plage-de-la-Courtade beach on Porquerolles. Wikimedia

Praying For A Laugh

07/26/2016 - 12:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A rabbi, a priest and an imam are hurtling down Fifth Avenue in a taxi when it crashes, instantly killing the driver and his three passengers. As the members of the clergy are waiting impatiently on line to get to the Pearly Gates, they are astonished to see the taxi driver ushered straight into heaven with great fanfare. When they finally arrive at the head of the line, they ask the reason for the driver’s preferential treatment. “While he was doing his job, his passengers were always praying,” they are told. “But when you were doing yours, your congregants were put to sleep.”

Ted Merwin

A Kosher Foodie’s Fantasy In Boro Park

A head-spinning 17-course culinary marathon in the heart of Brooklyn

07/19/2016 - 13:00
Editorial Intern

On the face of it, this was a dream assignment. Second day on the job, and your supervisor asks if you’d like to cover an exclusive, $300-a-head, 17-course (no, that’s not a typo) meal prepared by a top kosher chef. It was a no-brainer.

One of the many bright, colorful and delicious dishes. Joy of Kosher Magazine.

Jewish Landmarks, Near And Not So Far

07/19/2016 - 12:59
Travel Writer

In the heart of Virginia horse country, not far from where the Confederates surrendered at Appomattox, there is a graceful white house on an estate called Hyde Park.

Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park, Pa. Wikimedia Commons

A Modest Proposal on Conversion

07/15/2016 - 04:42

The recent flap over the Israeli Chief Rabbinate's refusal to recognize conversions to Judaism conducted by my esteemed colleague Rabbi Haskel Lookstein has left me feeling yet again that we are very far away—as far as we have ever been—from solving this problem, all statements to the contrary by Prime Minister Netanyahu notwithstanding.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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