In Praise Of Praise


‘Tis the season – the season for overeating, celebrating and gathering. It’s also the season of giving praise, whether to your mother-in-law (ok, to my mother-in-law) for her delectable stuffed cabbage, or to your children for decorating the sukkah with such creative flair, and to God – for His gifts, forgiveness, and patience with us.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Turkey stuffed eggplant

Tuck in to a hearty, healthy dinner

Jewish Week Online Columnist

I'm seeing big beautiful eggplants everywhere I go these days, and while they're delicious as a side dish, they have a hearty, meaty feel to them that is perfect in a main dish. Pairing that flavor with ground turkey results in a wholesome dinner the whole family can enjoy.

When scraping out the eggplant 'innards' - make sure to leave a thick enough shell behind so that the skin can still hold all the mixture you put back in. If you have leftover mixture, you can always form them into 'meatballs' and bake them alongside the filled eggplants.

Shana Tova!

Fasting Before A Marathon

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Q - My brother and I are running the Chicago Marathon which is the day after Yom Kippur. We want to fast, however we have been told that it is unwise to do so the day before running 26 miles. Since this is an ethical dilemma, we need your advice.

A – Well, at the very least, by observing Yom Kippur you could label yourself a “fast runner.” Sorry.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Life In The Rabbinic Fast Lane

Jewish Week Online Columnist




“’Twas the week before Rosh Hashanah…”

At this time of year, I am often greeted by friends and congregants with some version of “this is your busy season, isn’t it?” Accountants like to say that this is “The rabbi’s April.” The teller at my bank this morning, an Indian woman, said benignly, “you have some holidays coming up, don’t you?’

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

The Economist Human Potential 2011- Interview with Lane Greene

We spoke with Lane Greene, International Correspondent for The Economist about how language shapes our economy.

New Wines For The New Year

Special To The Jewish Week

The lead-up to Passover and Rosh HaShanah are the two times each year when kosher wine producers try to bring their new wines to the market. This fall, no doubt in part because of the continuing bad economy, and weak dollar, there are fewer new wines on the market than usual. However, many of the wines that are being released look intriguing.

New Wines For The New Year

California Grandeur

For your holiday table, go west.

Special To The Jewish Week

Thirty-five years ago, in the spring of 1976, a seminal event happened in Paris that changed the map of wine just as much as the American Revolution, 200 years before, had changed the map of the British Empire.

Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant, then living in Paris, decided to use the American Bicentennial to generate some publicity for himself. So he invited some of France’s most distinguished wine experts to a blind tasting of the best French and American wines. The outcome was a foregone conclusion: France, of course, would win.

Herzog’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is full bodied and garnet colored.

Seaside Villages And Canada’s Ellis Island

Travel Writer

If you think New Englanders are friendly, you’ll love New Scotlanders, inhabitants of the region more commonly known as Nova Scotia. The liveliest and most diverse of Canada’s three maritime provinces offers a warm welcome to travelers, a wealth of Jewish heritage and plenty of local culture — from fiddling in pubs to Titanic artifacts.

This time of year, as beaches still beckon on warm afternoons, fall foliage explodes with color to charm the most ardent leaf-peepers.

Peggy’s Cove with its historic lighthouse, is a favorite spot on the Halifax coastline.

Torah Dedication At Queens College


In Jewish tradition, last Saturday — the 18th day of Elul — was a significant date. It is the anniversary of the birth of two major chasidic figures: the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the chasidic movement; and Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

Photos By Michael Datikash

Kurtzer: No To PA Aid Cutoff, And No To Annexation


Daniel Kurtzer served as the U.S. ambassador to Egypt from 1997 to 2001 and as the U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2001-2005. Throughout his career, he played a key role in formulating and executing American policy towards the Middle East peace process and served as a member of the U.S. peace team that in 1991 convened the Madrid Peace Conference. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2005 and is now a lecturer and professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies at Princeton University.

Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt: “I would not go as far as to say Israel is isolated.”
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