Making The Ordinary Sacred

10/18/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

With the completion of the cycle of holidays that ushered in the new Jewish calendar year, one could almost hear the audible sigh of relief from all quarters of the Jewish community. No more sick days that need to be depleted, no more classes that need to be missed, no more relentless assault of unending, overwhelming holiday meals…we’ve been ready for this for a long time, and it feels awfully good to have reached the holiday-less month of Heshvan.

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

The Covenant

What does it take to be a Mohel? We spoke with Rabbi Paysach Krohn internationally renown  Mohel about the intricacies in becoming a Mohel and preforming a bris.

Blueberry, Lemon, White Chocolate Shortbread

Bright flavors combine in this year-round cookie
10/18/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Here in Israel, fresh blueberries are basically never available. You can find extremely expensive frozen ones, or, if you know where to look, slightly less expensive dried ones. Since I don't want to miss out on delicious blueberry flavor simply because I live here, I used the dried ones in these sweet, buttery shortbread cookies.

Blueberry, Lemon, White Chocolate Shortbread. Photo by Amy Spiro

Promoting Ethics On The Battlefield

10/15/2012 - 20:00

Moshe Halbertal, 54, a professor of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a professor at New York University School of Law, was among a group of philosophers, lawyers and generals who in 2000 helped draft Israel’s new code of military ethics. He has studied and taught ethics and political theory and fought in the first Lebanese War in 1982.

Moshe Halbertal: “The most important thing is to internalize” ethics in soldiers’ training.

A Public Exhibit In A Secret Annex

10/15/2012 - 20:00

Hanneli Pick-Goslar was a childhood friend of Anne Frank.

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History Amid The Palazzos

10/15/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Having spent time in Taranto, Italy, I am a member of a very small club. Whenever I mention I was writing about Taranto — even when I take care to emphasize the first syllable — people immediately confuse it with the better-known (and more-visited) Canadian burg.

There isn’t much information online about Taranto, an Italian naval base that sits at the northwest entrance of the Apulian peninsula. What little press Taranto does get is usually negative: corruption, pollution, the usual Southern Italian scourges.

A narrow, picturesque street in Taranto. Hilary Larson

A Midlife Song Of Praise

10/15/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I’m standing in a song-leading class at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Cantor David Tilman is leading us in “Ozi V’zimrat Yah” (“You are my strength and my song”). My body is beginning to relax. Natural concerns of middle age — “All four kids will be home for Shabbes, I have to order the chicken, pick up the bok choy” — are beginning to recede. We’re belting it out. The sounds are reverberating with wonder. I am beginning to breathe. The Hebrew word to breathe is linshom. Neshama is at its root. The soul. To give life to the soul.

Dvorah Telushkin

Roasted Red Pepper Focaccia

Try out your bread-making skills, the fresh out of the oven taste, mouthwatering smell and sense of accomplishment can't be beat.
10/10/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I believe there are two types of people in the world, those who bake bread, and those who don't. Those who do know how simple, delicious and rewarding it can be. Those who don't, imagine it a time-consuming, temperamental undertaking, hardly worth it considering the wide availability of store-bought loafs. 

Roasted red pepper focaccia. Photo by Amy Spiro

Helping Match Kidney Donors And Patients

Did you know that it can take 6 years to get a kidney transplant? We spoke with Mendy Reiner founder of Renewal about his organization is helping the Jewish community in cutting down the wait for kidney transplants. Renewal is a nonprofit organizati

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