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I’m not an Orthodox Jew. 

I say this because every once in a while, after I publish an article or column, I receive indignant e-mails denouncing my behavior or thoughts because they don’t align with traditional Judaism. I say this because my February column on modest dress for “tweens” elicited several such letters, including one from a single male writer who was “dismayed by my ignorance,” and also “sad,” about the way my children are being raised.

Elicia Brown

Faith Complex: Jamaa Islamiya and the Arab Spring


Dr. Tawfik Hamid, and Egyptian-born Muslim who in his youth joined the ranks of the radical Islamist group al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya and made the acquaintance of Ayman al-Zawahiri (now the leader of Al Qaeda), discusses the Arab Spring.

Dr. Tawfik Hamid

Faith Complex: Jamaa Islamiya and the Arab Spring

Dr. Tawfik Hamid, and Egyptian-born Muslim who in his youth joined the ranks of the radical Islamist group al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya and made the acquaintance of Ayman al-Zawa

How Ilan Met Michelle

Jewish Week Online Columnist

“It takes a village to raise a child,” says the African proverb, and in the tony village of Great Neck, New York, the family helps to match 'em up.  “For me and Ilan, it worked,” says Michelle Nabavian. “Our families knew when to get involved and when to stay out.”

Her uncle, Payam, was the first would-be matchmaker.  He started dropping hints about bringing together Michelle with his friend, Ilan Hakimian.  But it took a snowstorm in January 2011 to make things really happen.

Ilan Hakimian and Michelle Nabavian

Hot Kosher Meals On The Go

Aaron Herman samples a kosher, military-style meal on the beach of Paradise Island.

Lemon-Lime Hamantaschen

Enjoy a tasty twist on the traditional Purim treat

Online Jewish Week Columnist

It may come as no surprise to you that I've eaten a lot of cookies in my day. And that includes a lot of hamantaschen. Unfortunately, what I haven't eaten, are a lot of good hamantaschen. For whatever reason, bakeries tend to churn out dry, crumbly, tasteless version of the three-cornered cookies come Purim time. The reason still escapes me, especially since it is the shape - not any particular flavor or recipe - that defines the traditional treat.

Lemon-Lime Hamantaschen. Photo by Amy Spiro

Tim Boxer At America-Israel Friendship League


On a trip to Israel Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary fame) brought his guitar and message to schools in Lod and Petach Tikva. His aim was to bring Jewish and Arab kids together to prevent bullying and intimidation among schoolchildren.

At a recent America-Israel Friendship League dinner in New York, Yarrow performed the song that most resonated with the kids:

Don’t laugh at me, don’t call me names,

Don’t get your pleasure from my pain.

Lessons From The Backside: Why Hidden Beauty Matters

Jewish Week Online Columnist

If you’re reading this on an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or other Apple product, take a minute to look at the back of your device. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. What did you notice? Chances are you noticed that it was sleek, simple yet sophisticated – in other words, it looked and felt like an Apple product, even from behind. That’s no accident. The late Steve Jobs was taught by his father, Paul, that when you make something, you need to make sure that the back is as beautiful as the front, even if nobody sees it.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

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

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
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