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Fall Beckons On The Cape

09/23/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

It was Friday of Labor Day weekend, and traffic was weirdly light as I sped through Providence, R.I., en route to Martha’s Vineyard. Cars were scarce as I approached the Cape Cod Canal; from there it was just me and pine forests all the way to Woods Hole.

About a decade ago, September and October came into vogue as the new July and August. But traffic on the Cape and the Islands has visibly diminished this September, even though the ocean is as warm as ever, the long afternoons just as golden and the blue skies as clear.

The fall harvest on Martha’s Vineyard, top. Above, the Edgartown lighthouse. Photos by Hilary Larson

From Zuckerman To Zuckerberg

09/23/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Philip Roth has apparently discovered the Internet.

In an open letter posted on The New Yorker website, the novelist explained that he recently visited the Wikipedia page dedicated to his novel The Human Stain, finding it factually incorrect.

Daniel Schifrin

The AWEsome Act of Prayer

09/20/2012 - 20:00

Awe – a concept that is so hard to grasp. There are not many things that produce in us a pure sense of awe. If you are like me, you may use the word “Awesome” in your daily speech, but rarely with a true feeling of something being full of awe. Awe seems to contain within it something….majestic….holy….and even fearsome. I think the key to this season, and the place it holds in so many of our lives, lies in this word: Awe.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Have your first taste of fall with a spiced-up cookie

09/19/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Snickerdoodles have a pretty funny name, but they're a classic treat. A cake-like cookie with a cinnamon sugar coating, the name for snickerdoodles is likely of German origin, meaning "snail-like." This version of the confection adds in pureed pumpkin for a perfectly fall tasting treat.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies. Photo by Amy Spiro

Memo to Bibi: What Are You Thinking?

09/19/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Having made a private vow to myself to steer clear of politics during this High Holiday season, I write this article with considerable ambivalence.  The deepest truth is that it is not about the American presidential campaign per se, nor is it intended to indicate a preference for one candidate over another, though I won’t pretend not to have one.  The real issue that I want to address has to do with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his obvious decision to insert himself- and Israel- into the American presidential campaign.

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

A New Torah For The New Year

09/18/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

On the eve of Tishrei and the Jewish New Year, the small Jewish community of Ahmedabad, in western India, received a new Torah scroll with great fanfare last week.

The sefer Torah, housed in a Sephardic-style wooden casing, came to Magen Abraham Synagogue in a ceremony that included singing and dancing, blessings and a shofar blowing.

The scroll was a gift from supporters in India and Israel.

Magen Abraham, built in 1934, is the only synagogue in the city, whose Jewish population is about 130.

Photo By Getty Images

My Old Brass Shabbos Candlesticks

09/18/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s a rainy Friday afternoon at my country house on the beautiful, still natural Upper Delaware River, and I’m preparing the Shabbos candlesticks. I open a new box of fresh, pearly white candles and place two into my old brass candlesticks. The candlesticks are not particularly beautiful or elegant; they are somewhat graceful, somewhat clunky. Because they seem old and worn you might think they were handed down to me by my grandmother — they certainly look the part. Alas, that’s not the case.

Joan Rosenfelt
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