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Lemon-Lime Hamantaschen

Enjoy a tasty twist on the traditional Purim treat
03/01/2012
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

02/29/2012

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

02/29/2012
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

02/28/2012
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

Chance Of Snow

02/28/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

It was supposed to snow in Jerusalem.

You can imagine the excitement!

And by “excitement” I mean that all the good and honest people of Jerusalem were practically working themselves into a frenzy.

I even received a text message telling me that because of the impending “storm” my newspaper would not be delivered. Three days away!

“Oh, they get crazy here when it snows,” an Israeli told me. She was standing in my kitchen with one hand on her hip and the other pantomiming the universal sign for cuckoo.

Abigail Pickus

Beyond The Pitch, A Sense Of Cool

02/28/2012
Travel Writer

It’s springtime in Manchester, London’s gritty northern sibling, which sits quietly ignored by most visitors to the U.K. Though nary a green shoot has yet this year to emerge from the ground, a glance around reveals a city in long-awaited blossom.

Salford Quays, the former industrial waterfront on the Manchester Shipping Canal.

A Priest Walks Into A Bar...

02/28/2012
Staff Writer

Purim, which starts next Wednesday night, is a reminder of the importance of humor in Jewish life — the holiday is traditionally a time of pranks and frivolity. A new book, “Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life” (HarperOne, $25.99), by James Martin, a Jesuit priest who works as culture editor at “America,” a prominent Catholic magazine, is a reminder that humor plays a part in other religions.

Father James Martin, a Jesuit authority on humor, traces part of his own humor to his childhood, Yiddish-speaking friends.

Just Like a Prayer:

Experiments in Worship
02/24/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist
Rabbi Marci N. Bellows
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