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The Ongoing Failure Of Israel's Chief Rabbinate

06/26/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Some years ago, the immediate past Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Ismar Schorch, publicly called for the elimination of the office of the Sephardi and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbinate in Israel. If memory serves me correctly, the New York Times called him on it, referring to his suggestion as rash and impolitic. At the time, I agreed.

But I have to admit, Rabbi Schorch's suggestion is looking better to me by the day.

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

Beef Lo Mein

Taste a classic Chinese dish from the comfort of your home
06/26/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I'm a good Jew. And by that, I mean I love Chinese food. Even not on Christmas, I develop cravings for crispy egg rolls, wonton soup and sweet and sour chicken. And while it's nice to order in and line up those little cardboard containers on the table, it's also nice to be able to cook at home sometimes, which is where this recipe for beef lo mein comes in.

Beef lo mein. Photo by Amy Spiro

From Dr. Ruth To Ladino Songs

06/25/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer
From Tanglewood’s 75th to 80 years at the modern-dance mecca Jacob’s Pillow, it’s a season of anniversaries in the rolling green hills of the Berkshires.
Picnickers on the lawn at Tanglewood. Courtesy BSO

Shavuot, Samaritan Style

06/25/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Did you know Shavuot was last week? You knew it if you were on Mount Gerizim, the biblical site on the West Bank near Nablus. The Samaritans, descendants of Jewish tribes who were exiled from the Promised Land nearly three millennia ago and who observe aspects of the ancient Israelite religion and culture, start counting the seven-week period between Passover and Shavuot on the first Shabbat after Pesach, instead of on the second night of Pesach, the Jewish tradition. Hence the Samaritan Shavuot always falls on Sunday — June 24 this year.
Photo By Getty Images

Irrigation Pioneer Garners Top Prize

06/25/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Daniel Hillel, 81, of New York and Zichron Yaakov, Israel, has been awarded the 2012 World Food Prize for his collaborative work that revolutionized the field of irrigation. The award honors efforts to fight global hunger and was created by American Norman Borlaug, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Daniel Hillel: “The notion of drip irrigation … was an evolution,” says winner of World Food Prize.

Tangled Up In Thread

06/25/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week
The dress was perfect. Light worsted yarn woven into glowing blue and green medallions, it fit that elusive category of “transitional” clothing. And, just before Thanksgiving, it was on sale. I didn’t care if it was held over from the summer or orphaned from the fall season. I bought it immediately, threw out the sales slip and put the dress away for the spring. Passover, or maybe Shavuot, I thought.
Michelle Friedman

Mini lemon tartlets

Try baking this refreshing summer dessert this weekend
06/21/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist
I love mini desserts. And I love lemon desserts. It clearly goes without saying (but when did that stop me from talking) that I love mini lemon desserts. And these tartlets really fit the bill. While any dough that you make yourself will taste better than a storebought one, in a pinch you can certainly use frozen pie crusts and make the super-quick filling in the microwave for a still-impressive dessert.
Mini lemon tartlets. Photo by Amy Spiro

Uniting New York Jews Of Foreign Origin

We had the opportunity to attend the JICNY and speak with founder Jodi Samuels, honoree Alana Shultz, and Sivan Hadari about what it means to be an international Jew in NYC. 

Uniting New York Jews Of Foreign Origin

We had the opportunity to attend the JICNY and speak with founder Jodi Samuels, honoree Alana Shultz, and Sivan Hadari about what it means to be an international Jew in NYC. 

Jewish, Beyond Belief: Why Behavior Matters

06/20/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist
As a native New Yorker, I know that my hometown is famous for many things, ranging from bagels to Broadway. But earlier this summer, our city made national news for a novel, awesome phenomenon:
Deborah Grayson Riegel
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