Chasing The Mother Bird: A Strange Mitzvah


 Q:  An acquaintance of mine recently boasted to me that he had happened upon a bird's nest and seized the opportunity to perform what he considered the mitzvah of shiluach hakan, scaring away a mother bird before taking the eggs. This mitzvah is intended to teach compassion, so that a bird should not have to watch the devouring of its young, but I find it hard to believe that it is meant as a mitzvah to be done in ordinary circumstances if one is not in dire need of the eggs.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Faith Complex with The ADL's David Friedman

A discussion about campus anti-Semitism and other issues with host Sara Fainberg.

Turkey, Avocado and Apple Salad

This tasty summer salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Now that the nine days are over, it is time to dive back in to meat consumption full time, right? Not being a huge red-meat eater, it is not steaks or hamburgers I’ve been craving but the lighter fare – especially when it is played up so nicely in a salad like this.

Tasty avacado salad with turkey and apple chunks.

From Moscow to Mickey: Living Jewish in the Land of Disney

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Today’s world of incredibly fast travel and communication has created improbably jarring segues of time and space. But even given that fact, transitioning from being in Moscow and St. Petersburg one week to Orlando, Florida the next has been, to say the least, a strange adjustment.


Moscato In Israel

The Italian transplant perfect for the season.

Special To The Jewish Week

One of the minor hazards of being a wine writer is the frequency of requests from friends and family for advice on selecting wines for help in selecting wines. A few weeks ago I got a call from an old friend with an interesting wine question: She wanted me to recommend a few good Israeli Moscatos.

Carmel's Moscato di Carmel.

A Refuge From Summer’s Heat

Staff Writer

During the recent sweltering days that have brought temperatures across most of the country above 90 degrees — and in many locations, above 100 — refuge is found in ice cold lemonade, air conditioned rooms and for some with a swimming pool nearby, a refreshing dip in the water.

The Olympic-size pool of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park on Long Island is a popular place this summer.

On a 103-degree day last month, 9-year-old Aaron Bater dove into the Community Park’s pool, above, and other members of his family joined him in the shallow end.

Photo by Michael Datikash

Getting More Jews To Spend Time In Israel

Staff Writer

Shortly after Misha Galperin was hired in March of last year to handle global public affairs and financial resource development for the Jewish Agency for Israel, the organization’s board of governors announced a refocusing of the agency to concentrate on global Jewish identity building. The plan called for the agency to expand opportunities for young diaspora Jews to visit Israel and to increase the awareness of Israeli Jews about diaspora Jewry. Last month it assumed the added responsibility of determining which Orthodox conversions in the diaspora are valid for aliyah.

Misha Galperin: Jewish Agency is still rescuing Jews at risk, despite changes in its mission.

Labors Of Love

Special To The Jewish Week

I received one of my best parenting tips while trapped in a dentist’s chair. Big with my first baby, my voice quieted by the examination, I was an obvious target for advice. My dentist, a mother of three, leaned over conspiratorially. “Don’t let them tell you what to do,” she said.

Elicia Brown

The Art Of The Souvenir

Travel Writer

The best souvenir I ever heard of was a giant wheel of cheese that my friend Era smuggled out of her native Albania.

This was not just any cheese. It was 20 pounds of stinky, sheep-milk kashkaval, the hard cheese found throughout the Balkans. And of course, such an item is virtually guaranteed to be on the U.S. Customs no-no list for importation; had they searched her luggage and found the wheel, it could have been quite the scene. But they didn’t, and Era was eating Albanian sheep cheese all year.

A souvenir shop in Prague. Bringing make mementos isn’t as easy as you might think.
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