How To Live

Special To The Jewish Week

The last book I bought my grandmother, before she died on the eve of Shavuot, was Sarah Bakewell’s “How To Live, or A Life of Montaigne.” She hadn’t asked for this book, but she was under the impression I might have borrowed her French copy of Montaigne’s essays (she was always overestimating me), and I wanted to get her something Montaigne-like while we figured out who had pilfered les essais.

Daniel Schifrin

Feeling The Roman Presence

Travel Writer

The ancient Romans were an ambitious lot. At the zenith of their empire, they controlled a good swath of the world’s prime real estate, from London and Iberia all the way to Cairo and Jerusalem.

All around the Mediterranean rim, the heart of Roman territory, you stumble across ruins of this once-mighty civilization. The Roman Forum is just the best-known example of a genre whose brick walls, stone burial markers, and still-solid archways are visible from Salamanca to Sofia.

Tarragona’s Plaza del Rey by night. Alberich Fotografs/Tarragona Turisme

Breaking Down The Culture Of Silence

From Penn State to Brooklyn and Too Many Places In Between
Jewish Week Online Columnist


When Henry David Thoreau wrote that “most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them,” he could not have been talking about men who, as young boys, suffered sexual abuse at the hands of supposedly trustworthy adults.  Their song, I think, has been robbed from them.  And their desperation is heart wrenching.

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

Crispy onion chicken fingers

A tasty, kid-friendly dinner idea
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I may not have kids, but I'm basically a big kid myself, so I like making fun, simple foods that I know children will love. Case in point: these chicken fingers. A little more interesting than simple schnitzel, these strips of chicken are coating in crispy onions which add both a crunch and a nice flavor. Enjoy them by themselves or in your favorite dipping sauce - or even on a sandwich.

Crispy onion chicken fingers. Photo by Amy Spiro

A Brand New Day For The Reform Movement

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Hundreds of us – Jews of all ages, nationalities, sexual orientations, and backgrounds – moved in unison. Our right arms reached backwards towards the past, then we each moved both hand, reaching forward toward the future, grasping at it, and bringing it close to our hearts. Choreographer Liz Lerman led the group in a symbolic dance that expressed many of the feelings of the group as we celebrated the installation of incoming URJ President, Rabbi Rick Jacobs.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows.

Viewing Wisconsin’s Battle From A Labor Perspective

Special To The Jewish Week

Barely a month goes by when Stuart Appelbaum isn’t quoted in one of New York’s daily or weekly newspapers. But it’s a small wonder when one considers how many hats the 59-year-old Appelbaum wears.

Stuart Applebaum: President Obama’s re-election is “best insurance for union members’ well being.”

Wiesel Meets With ‘Write On’ Students

Staff Writer

Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel, in an intergenerational dialogue with seven current and former participants in The Jewish Week’s Write On For Israel program Monday evening, encouraged young people to fight indifference.

“The opposite of love is not hate,” he said, “but indifference. Apathy is the downfall of … life; it cannot be an option.”

Photo By Michael Datikash

Honor Thy Father?

Special To The Jewish Week

I hated Father’s Day when I was a kid. In the stormy family stew that was my almost-daily diet, “Father” meant “Sid,” and that meant trouble.

Susan J. Gordon
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