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Can Electronics Ever Mix With Shabbat?

08/06/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

We are increasingly choosing to read our novels, magazines, newspapers and even children’s books on e-readers and tablets. But is it permissible to do this on the one day of the week that Judaism commands us to unplug?

Rabbi David Nevins: KOs the Kindle for use on Shabbes.

The Culture Of The Midwest

08/06/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

From time to time, I like to revisit noteworthy stops along America’s great cross-country Interstates. Many such stops wouldn’t normally come to mind as vacation destinations, which make their offerings all the more serendipitous.

The Butler Institute of American Art’s Andrews Pavilion, above. Top, Winslow Homer’s “Snap the Whip,” housed within. Butler Inst

A Jewish Journey Here

08/06/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On the spectrum of risky behavior, I fall toward the nervous end of cautious: I’m the type who analyzes every detail of every decision, resulting in paralysis over routine matters such as purchasing a new bedspread.

Elicia Brown

Creamy lemon ice cream

A pareve or dairy way to cool off in the heat
08/01/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I don't really need to sell you on the joy of ice cream in the summer, do I? Let's face it, I'm hardly the first to recommend such a thing. But in case you need a little convincing, 5 minutes of work can award you with a creamy, tasty, tangy and basically perfect frozen treat, even without an ice cream maker. If you do have one, you can pour this mixture in it to freeze, but it will still be delicious if you don't. Using fresh lemon juice will give it an extra boost, but the bottled stuff works well too.

Creamy lemon ice cream. Photo by Amy Spiro

Fashion With An Agenda

You have a cause you want to promote and you want to rally your community. How do you do it in a innovative and meangful way. We spoke with David Kramer, Founder of NU. Nu is an Israeli organization that is using fashion to help promote causes and make a diffrence. NU Campaign supports global causes & charitable organizations through the sale of unique designer t-shirts.

Fashion With An Agenda

You have a cause you want to promote and you want to rally your community. How do you do it in a innovative and meangful way. We spoke with David Kramer, Founder of NU. Nu is an Israeli organization that is using fashion to help promote causes and make a diffrence. NU Campaign supports global causes & charitable organizations through the sale of unique designer t-shirts.

Fashion With An Agenda

You have a cause you want to promote and you want to rally your community. How do you do it in a innovative and meangful way. We spoke with David Kramer, Founder of NU. Nu is an Israeli organization that is using fashion to help promote causes and make a diffrence. NU Campaign supports global causes & charitable organizations through the sale of unique designer t-shirts.

Bad Behavior that Transcends Tax Brackets

07/31/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I loved the new "Spiderman" movie that opened this past June, and I am equally as excited for the new "Bourne Legacy" flick that will close out my summer. However, it was another film that I saw mid-summer, “The Queen of Versailles”, that will stick in my memory for a long, long time, as the frequently unlikeable real-life stars act out in ways that are a little too familiar for comfort.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Goodbye, Queens; Hello, Okinawa!

07/31/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

In previous columns, I have mentioned the fact that my son-in-law, Lt. (jg) Yonatan Warren, is a Navy chaplain posted to Okinawa, Japan. Actually, he is a Navy chaplain posted to a Marine battalion in Okinawa, and he and my daughter Leora have been there since the fall.  

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

Mistakes New Yorkers Make In Europe

07/30/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

There are certain ideas that New Yorkers take as articles of faith. We think of ourselves as the world’s savviest, able to pinpoint the genuine and bypass the second-rate.

But as I’ve spent more time in Europe over the past several years, my assumptions have been upended, one after another, by the way my Continental friends and relatives actually see their turf. Along the way, I’ve made a mental list of these truisms – a catalog of classic mistakes that New Yorkers (or any well-informed American travelers) make abroad.

Here are the top four:

Tourists swarm to Barcelona’s Boquería market, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Ognian Danailov
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