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Weiner Resigns: What's News Now?

06/24/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

 Walking back to our home from a Shabbat lunch with friends last week, my wife and I happened to pass the apartment building in which now former Congressman Anthony Weiner lives with his wife. It’s just a few short blocks from where we live.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Shots On Shabbat

06/24/2011

Q - My daughter, a freshman on a large college campus, was invited to the home of a local rabbi for Friday night dinner. The rabbi is nontrivial affiliated with Hillel or any synagogue, but has gotten deeply involved in college life and invites groups of students to his home nearly every week. The kids seem to really enjoy it. Last weekend I found out one reason. The liquid refreshment flows freely, and I'm not just talking about Kiddush wine. On the one hand I'm glad my kid is doing something Jewish, but serving liquor to minors scares me.

Gerald Hammerman

Summer Fruit Soup

Enjoy fresh summer produce for appetizer or dessert.

06/23/2011
Editorial Assistant
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It’s official: summer is here. As if the 90-degree plus temperature, buzzing mosquitoes are hordes of children out of school wasn’t clue enough. And while I am certainly still a fan of cakes, cookies, brownies and pies, it can be nice not to turn on the oven for dessert.

Summer Fruit Soup. Photo by Amy Spiro

Shalom From Fort Lee

06/21/2011
Staff Writer

It’s not live from New York, but close by.

Across the Hudson River in Fort Lee, in a large set of studios, Shalom TV broadcasts a fare of Jewish shows on cable television available to 40 million homes around the country.

The network (shalomtv.com), founded in 2003, carries movies and documentaries, Israeli news programs and talk shows, High Holy Days services and singles programming.

Photo By Michael Datikash

For Ex-Major Leaguer, A Hit At The Keyboard

06/21/2011

It is a little surprising to look back on Shawn Green’s career in major-league baseball and realize that he played in all or parts of 15 seasons. It is almost as surprising to realize that he retired from the game at 34, only four home runs from surpassing Hank Greenberg as the most prolific Jewish slugger in baseball history. His lifetime batting average of .283 and 1,070 RBIs are also impressive achievements.

Shawn Green's book, "The Way of Baseball," focuses less on stats and more on his spiritual journey.

Artificial Meat: Kosher or Not?

06/17/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

 Q -  I recently heard reports about the creation of artificial meat, using with animal stem cells.  To this point, it exists only in a Petri dish, but it's time to start asking the tough questions.  As one who keeps kosher and who is a vegetarian, would this kind of meat would be kosher - and would that be true even for pork?  And since no killing would be involved, could a vegetarian eat this meat with a clear conscience?

A- As they say at Citi Field, it’s time to “Meet the Meats.”

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

A Most Unusual Conversation: The Jewish Week Retreat

06/17/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

From noon this past Sunday to noon Tuesday forty-eight hours later, I was privileged to participate in a program called “The Conversation,” held in the lovely Pearlstone Conference Center just outside of Baltimore. Sponsored by The Jewish Week and made possible through the generous support of UJA-Federation, the program brought together some fifty Jews active in one way or other in the Jewish community of New York for what seemed like an odd purpose- to talk to one another.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Sesame Green Beans

A tasty way to enjoy your veggies.

06/16/2011
Editorial Assistant

Through a series of misunderstanding and miscommunications, I came to be in possession of a whole lot of sesame seeds. Enough sesame seeds to top two loaves of challah a week for about 10 years. So needless to say, I’ve been looking for some ways to use up my bounty. I made a head start with the sesame chicken nuggets as well as the turkey burgers.

Sesame Green Beans. Photo by Amy Spiro
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