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Sunrise, Sunset: A Weekend In The Life Of A Rabbi

06/29/2011

As I write this, [Cue: “We are the Champions” by Queen], I am completing a very profound weekend of rabbi-ing. From Friday morning through Monday afternoon, I took part in a number of major lifecycle events, ranging from birth to death. I am frequently the officiant for at least one lifecycle event on any given weekend, but rarely do I have a weekend such as this:

Baby Naming? Check.
B’nai Mitzvah? Check.
Wedding? Check.
Funeral? Check.
Unveiling? Check.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Not Your Everyday Delicatessen Man

06/28/2011

New Yorkers may consider their town the capital of Jewish deli fare, but Saveur magazine recently singled out Michigan’s Zingerman’s — arguably the foodie mecca of the Midwest — for producing the best Jewish rye bread in America.

Ari Weinzweig: Day school grad and author of bacon book.

Shavuot In Israel, Belatedly

06/28/2011

Most of the Jewish community celebrated Shavuot, the holiday that marks the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, in mid-June.

Some residents of Israel, including the Black Hebrews of Dimona, celebrated Shavuot a few weeks later.

The group, like the Karaites and Samaritans, who also recognize only the Torah but not the Oral Law as a source for their traditions, count Shavuot as occurring on the Sunday seven weeks after the Sunday of Passover.

Photo By Getty Images

That’s No Ordinary Lemon In The Juicer

06/28/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

What is sickness? asks the Etrog Man.

Unhappiness. Worries. Pressure.

That’s what ails us in the 21st century.

But the Etrog Man, whose real name is Uzi-Eli, wants to counteract all of that.

“I want people to live healthier lives,” he tells me. “I want to help people from the inside out.”

Abigail Pickus

Lessons From A ‘Holy Junk Heap’

06/28/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

I recently inhaled Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole’s new book Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza. Part of the Jewish Encounters series from Schocken and Nextbook, this headlong excavation into one of the greatest literary finds in Jewish history opened my eyes to the complex drama behind the sudden “appearance” of this storehouse of medieval Hebrew documents.

The "sacred trash" from the Cairo geniza throws our own piles of papers into new perspective.

The Balkans’ Great Lake

06/28/2011
Travel Writer

‘Macedonia is Greece!” blares a sign scrawled in red paint across plazas in Thessaloniki, Drama and other towns across northern Greece. “Makedonia e Bulgaria!” screams the Bulgarian equivalent, just as fervent, in graffiti along that country’s southern highways.

Despite years of political unrest, Macedonia is a beautiful and affordable vacation site.

Jewish Entrepreneurs At CEA Expo

 
 

The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman attends the CEA Line Show in NYC and speaks with David Merel, CEO of Merel Technologies and Birthright I

Simcha and Gorfinkel: "Members Of The Tribe"

A hilarious take on observant and secular Jews who are cut from the same cloth, created by "Everything Is Relative" cartoonist Jordan Gorfinkel and musician Sean Altman.

What Will You Catch This Summer?

06/24/2011
Jewish Week Correspondent

Hello Muddah, hello Fadduh,
Here I am at Camp Grenada
Camp is very entertaining
and they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining.
I went hiking with Joe Spivy
He developed poison ivy
You remember Leonard Skinner
He got ptomaine poisoning last night after dinner.
All the counselors hate the waiters
And the lake has alligators
And the head coach wants no sissies
So he reads to us from something called Ulysses.
- Allen Sherman, “A Letter from Camp”

Deborah Grayson Riegel, MSW, PCC

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
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