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

Fleshing Out Change On Circumcision

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

Changing its longstanding neutrality on the issue of circumcision, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested recently that the health benefits of the procedure outweigh its risks. In order to understand the reasoning behind the shift, along with its likely implications, The Jewish Week spoke to Dr. Andrew Freedman, a urologist at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Freedman was one of the members of the task force that issued the new, qualified endorsement of circumcision.

Dr. Andrew Freedman: Physicians recognize the medical benefits of a circumcision.

It Never Gets Old

09/12/2012 - 20:00

I was walking my dog late one night this week when I encountered a neighbor from down the block, past whose house my dog and I invariably pass on this evening ritual. As most people will say to me in one form or another at this time of year, my neighbor offered the following greeting: “So, you’re entering into your busy season, yes?  Must be a lot of pressure.”

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

Making The Holidays Sweeter

Rosh Hashanah is a time for family to come together and eat. We spoke with Doris Schechter author and owner of My Most Favorite Food about innovative kosher food.

Pomegranate and Apple Chicken

Get into the Rosh Hashana spirit with two of the holiday's classic fruits

09/12/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Rosh Hashana is imminently upon us, and if you're about to cook for two days of heavy meals, you're probably looking for recipe inspiration. Here is a dish that combines to of the major symbols from the holiday - pomegranates and apples.

Pomegranates are important in the Jewish tradition year round - they are one of the Seven Species that are listed in the Torah as special products of the Land of Israel, and were also embroidered on the hem of the robe of the Cohen Gadol in the Temple, and even incorporated into the Temple’s design itself.

Pomegranate Apple Chicken. Photo by Amy Spiro
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