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Where The Ends Aren’t Meeting

08/30/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

‘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

08/30/2011
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’

08/30/2011
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?

08/26/2011
Special To The Jewish Week
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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?
 

Barley Salad with Roasted Zucchini and Leek

Enjoy your fresh summer produce as a tasty side dish

08/25/2011

Right about this time of the summer, if you're a fan of any food magazines, food blogs of food websites, you'll see a plethora of recipes using zucchini. For those who grow their own vegetable gardens, now is the time when you are overrun with beautiful, fresh zucchini just waiting to me enjoyed in  your favorite dishes.

Barley Salad with Roasted Zucchini and Leek. Photo by Amy Spiro

"Just Because You're Paranoid ...": The Fading Illusion Of Peace In Israel

08/24/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,

And the Catholics hate the Protestants,

And the Hindus hate the Moslems,

And everybody hates the Jews.

Tom Lehrer’s not around for me to ask him how he would feel about my playing with his lyrics. I wish he were. We could use his biting humor these days. But I think that, given where America and the world are at right now, if we were to change the last word of his refrain to “Israelis” instead of Jews, we’d have ourselves a reborn classic.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

"And You Shall Teach Them Dilligently To Your Children ... And To Yourselves."

08/24/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“When I was in junior high, and all my friends were having their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, I just enjoyed celebrating with them. It didn’t really occur to me that I wasn’t having one of my own. It wasn’t until college that I really began to regret it…” With these words, Jessica Yanow, my best friend since we were eight years old, began reflecting on her own Jewish upbringing and education.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

A Record-setting Day At Camp Simcha

08/23/2011

On an ordinary day, a 1,340-foot ribbon will reach around a quarter-mile running track.

On one recent day, a 1,340-foot gold-colored ribbon reached into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Photo By Camp Simcha

Playing Games With Jewish Education

08/23/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

You can’t avoid it anymore.

Computer-based games like Farmville or Angry Birds or Grand Theft Auto, available on laptops and phones and game consoles, have become almost as ubiquitous as social media sites like Facebook.

Whether you are a teacher or principal, a parent or grandparent, a marketer or consumer, a smartphone user or a paperback-reading commuter, you can’t help but notice how these games fill the downtime minutes of millions of people, and increasingly are the first thing they connect to when they boot up their machines.

Daniel Schifrin
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