There exists, in ancient rabbinic literature, the concept of a t'filat shav- a useless or ill-advised prayer uttered in vain and therefore to be avoided. A man is not to say "I hope my wife gives birth to a boy," for the sex of a child is determined at the moment of conception, and certainly not impacted thereafter by prayer. And if you see a fire burning as you approach your home, you should not say "I hope it's not my house that's burning."
Convert even the biggest skeptic in to a soy lover.
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Tofu gets a pretty bad rap from many people. In fact, there may be some loyal Nosh Pit readers who abandon ship after I even mention the word. But the truth is, when it is prepared well, tofu can be a delicious and healthy addition to any meal.
Celebrities are known for bestowing unconventional names on their offspring, from Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s daughter Apple, to singers Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz naming their son Bronx Mowgli. Jewish Israeli actress Natalie Portman gave birth to her first child last week, a son, with fiance Benjamin Millepied. After much speculation, the news broke that Portman named her child Alef, the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet.
From Great Barrington to Williamstown, a summer jam-packed with arts, music, dance — and Jewish fare.
Special To The Jewish Week
You won’t see James Levine, Tanglewood’s storied music director, onstage at the arts festival this summer. But there are more famous faces than ever in the Berkshires, a favorite Jewish destination for serious culture when the temperature rises.
Amid these placid green hills in Western Massachusetts are world-class performers like Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Emanuel Ax, Leon Fleisher and Alisa Weilerstein, along with the Lar Lubovitch and Mark Morris dancers.
Q - I frequently use a 10-trip punch card on the LIRR. Often the conductor fails to appear to punch the card before I get off.What is my obligation here? Should I tear up the card before it runs out to make up the difference or am I free to use it again as it is the responsibility of the railroad to collect the fare? This does not involve deception since I am ready to pay the fare.
It doesn't matter if you're liberal or conservative--if you're European, "mutliculturalism" has become a dirty word. The New York Times ran an op-ed today by a British writer attacking multiculturalism as form of public policy.
Every member of my family – like most, I’m sure - has their own food likes and dislikes. For the most part we accommodate the major ones (although when you’re the one cooking you get more say!) but sometimes requests are ignored. One family member hates (among other things) mushrooms and leeks, which happen to be two of my favorite foods. So I took the opportunity when he was away one weekend to create a dish that would never fly when he’s around.