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Trying To Make Vegetables Sexy

11/18/2014

Janna Gur’s “The Book of New Israeli Food” has sat on my kitchen counter with my other favorite cookbooks for years, and I frequently pull it out for friends and family who are unfamiliar with Israeli cuisine, saying, “This is the book you need to buy to understand food in Israel.”

Janna Gur: “For us, vegetables are not a punishment, they are something exciting.” JTA

Yom Kippur In The Big House

11/18/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

‘For the sin which we have committed before You under duress or willingly. And for the sin which we have committed before You by hard-heartedness.”

Akiva Lichtenberg

Sosúa, Then And Now

11/18/2014
Travel Writer

If Sosúa, an idyllic beach town on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, looks like paradise to us, one can only imagine how pleasant a sight it was for European Jewish refugees in the early 1940s.

A typical street scene in Sosúa. Wikimedia Commons

Veteran's Day: In My Sixties, And During The Sixties

11/13/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Reflecting this year on the significance of Veterans Day from the vantage point of my sixties, I find it to be an unsettling experience, and not for the first time. I had the same experience during the sixties.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Geraldo Rivera, Jew, And His Tattoo

11/12/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Fox News special correspondent Geraldo Rivera has a Star of David tattoo on his left fist. He got the tattoo in 1974 after reporting on the Palestinian terrorists who slaughtered 22 children in a kibbutz nursery school at the Maalot kibbutz in the north.

Gerald Rivera and wife Erica at the University of Haifa benefit. Tim Boxer/JW

Coming To Terms With ‘Reality’ Of Jerusalem

Expert on Israeli-Palestinian relations analyzes rising tensions in the City of Gold.

11/12/2014
Staff Writer

Daniel “Danny” Seidemann is founder and director of Terrestrial Jerusalem, a non-governmental organization launched in January 2010 that monitors Israeli-Palestinian relations in Jerusalem. Regarded as a leading expert on contemporary Jerusalem, he was born in upstate Syracuse and made aliyah in 1973. A lawyer, he was interviewed by phone from his home in Jerusalem. This is an edited transcript.

Terrestrial Jerusalem’s Daniel Seidmann: Jerusalem not a united city.

Israel And The Media: Sign Of The Times

11/11/2014
Managing Editor

When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, few issues are as freighted as how the media, especially The New York Times, cover the story. And when there is a war on, like this summer’s hostilities in Gaza, the emotions are amped up even more. So when Daniel Gordis, the American-born Israeli author, commentator and Shalem College senior vice president, and the Times’ Ethan Bronner, the paper’s deputy national editor and former Jerusalem bureau chief, stepped into that charged landscape, it wasn’t surprising that fireworks sounded.

Michael Datikash/JW

A Walk In The Park

11/11/2014
Travel Writer

Between the museums, palaces, theaters and pubs, it’s easy to spend a week in London entirely indoors. Given the famously drab weather, it is often preferable to do so.

Hyde Park is London’s answer to Central Park and the largest of its royal lawns.  Amy Larson

A Time To Die

11/11/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

“Death is the culmination of weeks of puking and dribbling or starving or whining in pain,” Lisa Miller wrote in New York Magazine last week. Or, as Dorothy (Rothschild) Parker mordantly put it: “[I]n all history, which has held billions and billions of human beings, not a single one ever had a happy ending.”

Elicia Brown

The Ballad Of Barack And Bibi

11/06/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist

There have been more than a few moments during the past two weeks when watching the disturbingly public spat between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu has felt uncomfortably like watching Rocky VI (or whatever number they’re up to). The two combatants, bloodied but not bowed, keep coming at each other, each daring the other to deliver a knockout blow, but neither quite able to do so.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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