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Tim Boxer At Appeal Of Conscience

10/07/2012
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

10/05/2012
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.”

‘Little Failure’ Makes Good

10/28/2014
Editor And Publisher
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Every great writer has an inspiration. Gary Shteyngart, whose novels combining hilarity and poignancy in describing the immigrant experience for Russian-born Americans have won him critical acclaim and a large readership, says he was first motivated by cheese.

Gary Shteyngart, with Jonathan Safran Foer. Hello Video and Photo Studio

A Modern Orthodox Miracle

For one religious single woman, unmarried motherhood is a gift.

10/28/2014
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Divorced and childless at 23, each year for the next decade on Rosh HaShanah, Julie Yusupov would walk to her synagogue and, in hopes of one day becoming a mother, say a traditional prayer on the welfare of children for parents and those who hope to become parents. She also prayed to find the right husband with whom to start a family.

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Muslim Bridge Builder Takes Post At JTS

Yasin Meral, assistant professor of history of religions at Ankara University, is the seminary's first visiting Muslim scholar.

10/28/2014
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The Jewish Theological Seminary last week appointed its first Muslim visiting scholar. Yasin Meral, assistant professor of history of religions at Ankara University, will conduct post-doctoral research at JTS this year. Meral, whose Ph.D. dissertation was on “Islam and Muslims in the Writings of Maimonides,” has done post-doctoral work on end-times issues in the Jewish and Islamic traditions. The Jewish Week interviewed him by email. This is an edited transcript.

Yasin Meral, scholar from Turkey, brings rich history of ties with Jews to his work this year at JTS.

The Spirit Of Shabbat

10/28/2014
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With a borscht-curdling geshrei, Halloween this year falls on Shabbat. On Friday night, trick-or-treaters, even Jewish ones, will be knocking.

A dark and spooky night. Via wikpedia.org

The Core Of California

10/28/2014
Travel Writer
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High up in the San Bernardino Mountains, I found all the apples I needed to ring in the Jewish New Year.

An apple store and a farm store make for good shopping in harvest season in rural California.  Hilary Larson/JW

Barry Freundel: A Rabbi's Perspective

10/22/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Although I live in the world of words and communication is generally considered to be my strong suit, I, like so many others, am at a loss to adequately express my dismay, disgust, and profound sadness over the recent revelations of voyeurism at the mikvah in Washington, D.C. My dismay is only compounded by the fact that Rabbi Freundel, the popular and accomplished rabbi of the prominent Orthodox synagogue Kesher Israel who allegedly perpetrated this crime, was a college classmate of mine at Yeshiva University. We lived only a few doors down from each other in the dorm all those years ago. I knew him well then. It seems that no one really knew him all that well now.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

A Weighty Find In East Jerusalem

10/21/2014
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It’s a yard-wide piece of limestone, weighs about a ton, is about 2,000 years old and is priceless — to archeologists, that is.

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Seattle After Dark

10/21/2014
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Given all the coffee its residents drink, it shouldn’t be surprising that Seattle stays up late.

I was tipped off to this by my sister, an inveterate night owl and Seattlephile who starts her day when most people are winding theirs down. She and my brother-in-law take their morning coffee around 5 p.m., then look for things to do while everybody else is at dinner. And that’s how I discovered that Seattle’s most hallowed attractions are all the more attractive after dark.

A Dale Chihuly sculpture set against the Space Needle at night. Amy Larson
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