Japan’s Agony: Natural Disaster Through a Religious Lens

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After one or two probing and thoughtful questions from my Hebrew High School students this week about the unfolding disaster in Japan, I decided to shelve my lesson plan and just talk with them about what they were feeling. They were, like we all are, horrified by the images they were seeing, and struggling to frame this great tragedy in some way that was manageable for them.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Is Drunkenness on Purim a No-No?

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Q - In an age where addiction is so widespread, is it ethical to promote drunkenness on Purim?

A. No it is not.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Did You Hear The One About The Kabbalist?


On the eve of Purim, a holiday of costumes and practical jokes, our thoughts turn to humor. The Jewish Week turned to Sam Krause, a Passaic, N.J., veteran of the real estate business (vocation) and stand-up comedy (avocation), who wrote the recent book, “Hey Waiter … There’s God in my Soup: Learning Kabbalah through Humor” (Mass Media Distribution).

Q: Purim, the holiday most associated with humor, is approaching. Do we properly understand the humor of Purim?

Humor has deep — and serious — roots in Jewish mysticism, says author Sam Krause.

Taking Yiddish On The Road


The variety show that toured four local Jewish communities in recent weeks is “Saturday Night Live” meets “Sesame Street,” its adult and children cast members might explain.

But they’d probably explain in Yiddish.

Photo By Michael Datikash

American Culture On The Charles

Travel Writer

For me, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has long been the best place on earth to experience American art, in all its breadth and historical context.

And with the recent opening of the much-anticipated Art of the Americas Wing, designed by Foster + Partners, the MFA offers a compelling new argument for visiting Boston. If you do nothing else here, the America wing’s 53 new galleries are worth the trip — and with Harvard’s collections largely closed for renovation, art lovers can spare the extra time.

Exterior and interior views of the new Art of the America’s Wing of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Courtesy of   Boston Museum

Hearty Beef Stew

One last nourishing dish for the vestiges of winter.

Editorial Assistant

I can just feel a few hints of spring slowly approaching, but with a few cold, cold nights still on the horizon, it’s time for one last delicious and filling stew.

This beef stew is really a catch-all for leftover produce in your house – I definitely threw in some things that were hanging around the fridge, and you can do the same. It would certainly be nice with sweet potatoes instead of the regular kind, or additions of celery and corn.

Hearty Beef Stew. Photo by Amy Spiro

TribeFest 2011

The Jewish Week at TribeFest in Las Vegas.

The Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas was the setting for the 2011 TribeFest sponsored by Jewish Federations of North America and attended by 1,200 young Jews from around the country, and The Jewish Week was there.

TribeFest 2011, Las Vegas

 Video coverage of the inaugural event.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hamantaschen

Editorial Assistant

It’s that time of year again, when costumes, alcohol and fun-size candy bars are plentiful. And what would a Jewish holiday be without a signature dessert? Of course the hamataschen will be in high demand next weekend, so I set out to create some exciting variations. Don’t get me wrong – I like a raspberry or apricot hamataschen as much as the next guy, but sometimes even a classic can be improved.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Hamantaschen. Photo by Amy Spiro.

Filling Some Big Shoes At Touro


It’s been one year since Dr. Alan Kadish assumed the helm of Touro College, an institution that has seen rapid growth in recent years and now encompasses 29 schools educating 17,500 students in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, Israel, Russia, Germany and France. Kadish, a cardiologist and academic by training, had been appointed senior provost and chief operating officer of Touro by Dr. Bernard Lander less than six months before Dr. Lander’s death. In an exclusive interview with The Jewish Week, Kadish speaks frankly about the challenges of filling Dr.

Touro President Alan Kadish: Wants college to “develop more of a research footprint.”
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