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High-Tech Competition In White Plains

11/08/2011
Staff Writer

The students of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester typically excel in such intellectual areas as chess, Moot Beit Din (a program in which students adjudicate legal cases using Jewish texts) and the National Merit competition. This week the school went high-tech, conducting its first Robotic Competition. Under the leadership of teacher Daniel Aviv, teams of students in the Westchester School designed and built small robots that can perform a specific task. The creations can move and turn — but they have not yet learned to play chess or argue a legal case.

Photograph By Michael Datikash

High Culture, Lowish Price

11/08/2011
Travel Writer

After Athens, Madrid might be the most-scrutinized world capital this month, as global leaders anxiously train their eyes on the Mediterranean financial meltdown.

But while cultural offerings are taking a hit in other cash-strapped cities, Madrid is the defiant exception. From the lavish gardens of the Royal Palace to expanded hours at the Prado, visitors to the Spanish capital will see scant evidence of crisis. 

Madrid’s inviting central alleys are packed with inexpensive lodgings. Hilary Larson

Seeing Red — Zinfandel, That is

A legacy of the California gold rush, and a great autumn wine.

11/08/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Every nation has certain foods and drinks that are so integral to its society that they become part of the very fabric of that nation’s history. In America, we have many such foods and drinks — hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, barbeque ribs, martinis, and Zinfandel wines. 

Baron Herzog’s Lodi features aromas of cherries, raspberries and cranberries.

At 115, Jewish Veterans Group Soldiers On

11/08/2011
Staff Writer

Friday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. Anyone who served in uniform for the United States probably doesn’t need a reminder of the date, which began as Armistice Day after World War I, marking the official end of hostilities in “the war to end all wars” — Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Non-vets probably need a reminder.

Allen Falk, JWV national commander.

The Politics Of Therapy

11/08/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

The last time I recall feeling this disturbing sense of dislocation, a boyfriend informed me that he loved someone else. He explained that all through our short but spirited romance, all through his soft renditions of Yiddish lullabies and late-night phone calls, and for two years before that, he’d been seeing that someone else. I felt as if I’d been suddenly transported to an alternative and hostile universe; the person in whom I’d confided still wore the same sheepish grin, but was not at all the person I’d imagined he was.

Elicia Brown

Killing Kaddafy

11/04/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Q - Was it ethical to kill Muammar Kaddafy and Osama bin Laden on the spot, apparently in cold blood, rather than arrest them and bring them to trial? Didn’t it work for Iraq to try Saddam Hussein?

A – Yes, it was ethical to kill them right then and there.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Religion, Guilt And The Jewish Condition

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

11/03/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Through the years, I’ve grown reluctant to divulge my rabbinic identity to those whom I meet on vacation, or in a purely social context far away from work.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Crispy Asian Chicken

Enjoy a fun, flavorful, breakfast-inspired dinner

11/03/2011
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I've been known on occasion to have breakfast for dinner, and even rarely to have dinner for breakfast, but rarely have I mixed the two together. But that all changes with this recipe for crispy Asian drumsticks - that gets a healthy but satisfying crunch from crushed up rice krispies.

Crispy Asian Chicken

How Joe Met Erin

11/02/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Two rabbis in the making swore to themselves the same sensible vow: They would never fall in love with a fellow rabbi, bli neder – without making a formal commitment.

In the fall of 2006, Erin Glazer, 26, started her third year at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York (HUC-JIR).  She made friends with two new arrivals, second-year students who had spent the first year studying in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Erin Ruth Glazer and Rabbi Joseph Aaron Skloot
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