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Faith Complex: Islamic Feminism and the Blue Bra | Asra Nomani

Muslim feminist Asra Nomani visited Faith Complex to discuss how the infamous "Blue Bra" video has reversed honor/shame categories in the Islamic world.

Filling Up On Hamantashen

02/28/2012
Staff Writer

World competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi has won awards for downing copious amounts of hot dogs, meatballs, Twinkies, hamburgers and pasta.

Last week, with Purim coming up, he tried his hand at hamantashen.

Actually, both hands.

Photos By Yeshiva University

Chance Of Snow

02/28/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

It was supposed to snow in Jerusalem.

You can imagine the excitement!

And by “excitement” I mean that all the good and honest people of Jerusalem were practically working themselves into a frenzy.

I even received a text message telling me that because of the impending “storm” my newspaper would not be delivered. Three days away!

“Oh, they get crazy here when it snows,” an Israeli told me. She was standing in my kitchen with one hand on her hip and the other pantomiming the universal sign for cuckoo.

Abigail Pickus

Beyond The Pitch, A Sense Of Cool

02/28/2012
Travel Writer

It’s springtime in Manchester, London’s gritty northern sibling, which sits quietly ignored by most visitors to the U.K. Though nary a green shoot has yet this year to emerge from the ground, a glance around reveals a city in long-awaited blossom.

Salford Quays, the former industrial waterfront on the Manchester Shipping Canal.

A Priest Walks Into A Bar...

02/28/2012
Staff Writer

Purim, which starts next Wednesday night, is a reminder of the importance of humor in Jewish life — the holiday is traditionally a time of pranks and frivolity. A new book, “Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life” (HarperOne, $25.99), by James Martin, a Jesuit priest who works as culture editor at “America,” a prominent Catholic magazine, is a reminder that humor plays a part in other religions.

Father James Martin, a Jesuit authority on humor, traces part of his own humor to his childhood, Yiddish-speaking friends.

Just Like a Prayer:

Experiments in Worship

02/24/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The Jeremy Lin Phenomenon: Lessons Worth Learning

02/24/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

As just about the entire world knows by now (I was going to say the entire western world, but it’s also the eastern world in this particular case), the New York Knicks basketball franchise went shopping in their closet recently, and found themselves quite a fine point guard in Jeremy Linn.  On the wings on an inspiring winning streak due in no small measure to his skills, Mr.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Craft the Perfect Challah

Best tips and tricks for the ideal loaf

02/23/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Most people have their favorite recipe. Whether it’s been passed down for generations, found in the back of a well-thumbed (and well-stained) cookbook or received from a friend just last month, challah recipes are not hard to come by.

Challah. Photo by Amy Spiro

From Northern Canada, With Love

02/21/2012
Staff Writer

During a recent educational tour in Canada, Noam Bedein, director of the Sderot Media Center, an independent advocacy organization in the Negev, encountered a surprising amount of support for Israel among the members of the First Nations — the country’s indigenous people, like the Native Americans here — he met. As often-displaced groups, they told Bedein, a Sabra, they understood Israelis’ love for their land.

Photos By Raymond MacLean.
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