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Where Occupy Wall Street Meets Sukkot

10/12/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“When a person eats and drinks in celebration of a festival, he is obligated to feed converts, orphans, widows, and others who are destitute and poor. In contrast, a person who locks the gates of his courtyard and eats and drinks with his children and his wife, without feeding the poor and the embittered, is not indulging in rejoicing associated with a mitzvah, but rather the rejoicing of his gut … This rejoicing is a disgrace…” 

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

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It's Not Just For Holidays Anymore

10/12/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

My 10 year old twins, Jacob and Sophie, were in the back seat of our minivan, and bickering once again. I mean, I love it when people fight over me, but this was getting ridiculous.

“I’m the one who made mom a mom!” Jacob announced, holding his one-minute head start in life over his twin sister’s head.

“Yeah, but I’m the one who made her a mother of twins. That’s even more special!” Sophie reminded him.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

There Are No Silly Questions

10/12/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

Over the years, I’ve had what must be tens of thousands of conversations with congregants, and strangers that I’ve met in the context of my work.  I couldn’t begin to count the number of times those conversations began with the words “Rabbi, can I ask you a silly question?” 

The good teacher — or should I say the wise teacher -— will tell you that there are no silly questions.  There are silly answers, to be sure, but very few if any silly questions.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Rustic Apple Tart

Enjoy a traditional fall dessert for the Sukkot holiday

10/12/2011
Online Jewish Week Columnist

It's time for Sukkot - the holiday that best symbolizes the fall, the harvest, and the start of the rainy season!

This simple apple tart is both beautiful and tasty, and a great way to use some of fall's quintessential produce: the apple.

The apples are really the star of this dish, only sprinkled with a touch of sugar and cinnamon and some tiny dabs of butter (or margarine). This is one dish you'll be happy to serve to all the guests around your Sukkot table. That is - if you manage to save any for them.

Chag Sameach!

 

Rustic Apple Tart. Photo by Amy Spiro

A Thousand Terrorists for Shalit?

10/11/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

Editor's note: Earlier this year Rabbi Hammerman discussed the ethical implications of exchanging terrorists to save the life of an Israeli soldier. In light of the dramatic news of such a deal emerging from Israel he is revisiting that issue this week.

Q – Is the release of Gilad Shalit worth an exchange of a thousand Hamas prisoners, including some who have blood on their hands and could well kill more innocent Israelis (and others)?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

‘A Lulav And Etrog Shuk’

10/11/2011
Staff Writer

One of New York City’s busiest — and briefest — shopping centers made its annual appearance this week.

Between Sunday, the day after Yom Kippur, and Wednesday, erev Sukkot, a stretch of several blocks along the south side of Main Street in Queens’ heavily Jewish Kew Gardens Hills neighborhood, became a pre-holiday bazaar. At wooden tables set up along the street, Sukkot supplies went on sale.

Available were Four Species sets and materials for family sukkahs. And, in once-a-year storefronts, ready-to-assemble sukkahs themselves.

Photo By Michael Datikash

The Most ‘Inappropriate’ Sukkah

10/11/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

By any reasonable criterion, our sukkah is problematic. It’s weird looking, for one thing. A pre-fab thingamabobby of aluminum tubes, bungee cords and army-green canvas, it couldn’t be more unlike its surroundings, which are some lovely old cottages in the woods. It looks like Buckminster Fuller went to work on an architectural experiment in the middle of an English forest, then wandered off before he was done.

Judith Shulevitz

Enduring Anti-Israel Sentiment At St. Andrews

10/11/2011
Staff Writer

Chanan Reitblat, a Lithuanian-born and American-bred post-graduate student at Yeshiva University, went to Scotland’s historic St. Andrews University earlier this year to study chemistry and learned a lesson in contemporary politics.

Chanan Reitblat: Donates compensation from bias incident in Scotland to family of terrorist victims.

How Saul met Elke

10/10/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

Stoically, Saul Sudin says that when he met his future wife, one thing was clear: “We did not look like a match.”

Both were pursuing a life in the arts – he wanted to be a filmmaker, and Elke Engelson wanted to be a professional illustrator. He was a senior, she was a freshman. They met in Brooklyn at Pratt Institute. 

Saul and Elke Sudin: Partners In Art
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