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9/11 And The Kindness Of Strangers

09/06/2011
Israel Correspondent

On Sept. 11, as I watched a plane hit the World Trade Center’s South Tower, my first thoughts were for my loved ones, who live and work in New York, and for the people stuck in the buildings.

Stunned by the extent of the tragedy, only later did I call my travel agent to see whether the flight my husband and I were scheduled to fly on two days later had been cancelled.

Michele Chabin

The Past Is Present

09/06/2011
Travel Writer

Every year for the past decade, the entire continent of Europe has spent the first post-vacation weekend in September celebrating 2,000 years of Jewish culture, from its most ancient aspects to its modern incarnations. There are bagels in Brussels, lectures in Lyon, concerts in Krakow, screenings in Sofia.

It’s the European Day of Jewish Culture: a grassroots, pan-cultural and pan-religious event whose aim is to recover and delve deeper into the richness of the continent’s Jewish heritage.

The continent-wide Days of Jewish Culture open Europe’s Jewish past to Jews and non-Jews.

Postmortem Egg-Freezing And Halacha

09/02/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist
Q - A few weeks ago an Israeli court is believed to have made history by being the first to allow parents to extract and freeze the ovarian eggs of their recently deceased daughter.  I know that's been done with a man's sperm, but this seems to cross an ethical red line, doesn't it?
 
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

A Ride On Jerusalem's New Light-Rail Transit System

Join photographer Jacob Richman on a twilight journey from the Machane Yehudah shopping center through the center of Jerusalem on the city's brand new electric-powered light railroad.

A Ride On Jerusalem's New Light-Rail Transit System

Join photographer Jacob Richman on a twilight journey from the Machane Yehudah shopping center through the center of Jerusalem on the city's brand new electric-powered light railroad.

A Ride On Jerusalem's New Light-Rail Transit System

Join photographer Jacob Richman on a twilight journey from the Machane Yehudah shopping center through the center of Jerusalem on the city's brand new electric-powered light railroad.

A Chassidic Approach to Spiritual Materialism And Ethical Consumption

09/02/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

One of the primary areas in daily life where I strive for piety is in my eating choices. Jewish tradition is rich with wisdom pertinent to our greatest moral problems related to food consumption today: hunger, just labor practices, treatment of animals, fair trade, environmental impact, and access to healthy food options. I have become more interested in exploring the degree to which the lifestyles advised in Chassidic thought can assist the moral life choices of one seeking to eat and consume more justly.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Sweet potato-stuffed mushrooms

Serve these show-stoppers at your next Shabbat meal

09/01/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

All my life, I've had food obsessions: periods of time, be it days, weeks or months, where I eat certain foods in heavy concentrations. Right now it's probably chickpeas, quinoa, zucchini and ice pops - not necessarily together, of course. In the past I've consumed foods like cabbage, butternut squash, cherries, tofu and various other foods with the same level of intensity.

Sweet potato-stuffed mushrooms. Photo by Amy Spiro

Two Jews, Three Opinions: Embracing Multiple Perspectives

09/01/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

I remember exactly where I was when I heard that the Space Shuttle Challenger had exploded 73 seconds after lift-off just before noon on Jan. 28, 1986 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. School was closed for parent-teacher conferences that day, but we had been assigned to watch the launch on television for homework. I was sitting cross-legged on the living room floor, watching the shuttle climb higher and higher and then … disaster. There was an explosion of smoke, the plume splitting into two, and then the trail of destruction lingering in the skies.

Deborah Grayson Riegel
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