A Chassidic Approach to Spiritual Materialism And Ethical Consumption

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

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

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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

The Last Gelato Of Summer


In the waning days of summer, a hot-weather snack made most popular in Italy has made an appearance on the Upper West Side. A custom-made food cart opened recently along Broadway at 72nd Street, offering the standard 31 flavors, changed daily, of the Screme Gelato Bar. It also offers a hechsher.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Where The Ends Aren’t Meeting

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‘Did you know that people in Israel are out protesting because only a few families control the entire country?” asked someone who shall remain nameless.

Let’s just say, she’s related to me.

“Oh, she just read the Ethan Bronner article in The New York Times, so suddenly she’s discovered the protests in Israel,” said my girlfriend knowingly. Her relatives back home in America pull similar stunts.

Abigail Pickus

Here’s Mud In Your Vacation

Travel Writer

Good weather, it turns out, is a relative concept.

When the sun comes out over Santorini, nobody pays any attention. It’s a fact of life, like seagulls and tourists.

But watching the sun come out over the Wadden Sea Islands — an archipelago off the Dutch coast — is like watching a miracle unfold.

Mud walking in the Wadden Sea, top. Above, the beach at Texel, Holland. Photos courtesy of Dutch Tourism Office

Planning A Yeshiva ‘Of The Future’

Associate Editor

With thousands of financially overextended parents enrolling their children in more than seven Jewish day schools, New Jersey’s Teaneck-Englewood area has been at the epicenter of the so-called “tuition crisis” — and efforts to address it — in recent years.

Gershon Distenfeld: His yeshiva will offer “a different model for education.”

Is Harry Potter Anti-Semitic?

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Q. When I saw the latest Harry potter film I was appalled at the clear use of anti-Semitic stereotype in depictions of goblin bankers, miserly, hooked nose and all.  And this is what we're showing our kids?  Isn’t a tacit acceptance of such damaging stereotypes if we ignore them? Shouldn’t Jews be boycotting Harry Potter?
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