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A Time To Die

11/11/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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“Death is the culmination of weeks of puking and dribbling or starving or whining in pain,” Lisa Miller wrote in New York Magazine last week. Or, as Dorothy (Rothschild) Parker mordantly put it: “[I]n all history, which has held billions and billions of human beings, not a single one ever had a happy ending.”

Elicia Brown

The Ballad Of Barack And Bibi

11/06/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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There have been more than a few moments during the past two weeks when watching the disturbingly public spat between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu has felt uncomfortably like watching Rocky VI (or whatever number they’re up to). The two combatants, bloodied but not bowed, keep coming at each other, each daring the other to deliver a knockout blow, but neither quite able to do so.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

4,000 Years, 10 Jokes

Jewish history is like the waiter who asks the table full of retired ladies, 'Is anything all right?'

11/04/2014
Staff Writer
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Andrew Silow-Carroll, editor-in-chief of the New Jersey Jewish News, is a veteran of the Jewish community’s communications world, with previous stints at The Forward and CLAL. He’s also a maven on Jewish humor. He’ll talk about “The History of the Jews in Ten Jokes” at Temple Emanu-El’s adult education Skirball Center on Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and 10. The Jewish Week interviewed him by email. This is an edited transcript.

Andrew Silow-Carroll: “There’s Jewish humor, and there’s Judaism humor.”

A Leg Up For YU Runners

11/04/2014
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The men’s and women’s cross-country teams from Yeshiva University and Stern College legged out some top finishes in recent weeks.

Courtesy of Yeshiva University

An Air Of Fear

11/04/2014
Travel Writer
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I was sitting in LAX about a month ago when a fellow traveler asked me, “Are you scared to be flying, with Ebola?”

For the cautious traveler, a bit of sensible precautions can allay travels fears. Above, the Halifax Airport.  Wikimedia Commons

How Jesse Met Becca

11/04/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Rebecca Stern and Jesse Wenger met in first grade. She was his first love and he was her first love. They were separated a year later when Jesse transferred to a public school in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and Becca remained at the Solomon Schechter in Elkins Park. Becca, 25, sometimes wonders what would have happened if they had remained in the same class through high school. Would they have ended up as a couple? “Probably not,” she concludes.

Jesse and Becca. Jessie Sandler

Learning To Pray ... From Churches

10/31/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Compare and contrast:

Stopped in to a church I passed along the way,
Well, I got down on my knees, and I began to pray …

         The Mamas and the Papas

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

‘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
Contributing Editor
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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.

Heather Robinson
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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.
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