The Jeremy Lin Phenomenon: Lessons Worth Learning

02/23/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

As just about the entire world knows by now (I was going to say the entire western world, but it’s also the eastern world in this particular case), the New York Knicks basketball franchise went shopping in their closet recently, and found themselves quite a fine point guard in Jeremy Linn.  On the wings on an inspiring winning streak due in no small measure to his skills, Mr.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Craft the Perfect Challah

Best tips and tricks for the ideal loaf
02/22/2012 - 19:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Most people have their favorite recipe. Whether it’s been passed down for generations, found in the back of a well-thumbed (and well-stained) cookbook or received from a friend just last month, challah recipes are not hard to come by.

Challah. Photo by Amy Spiro

From Northern Canada, With Love

02/20/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

During a recent educational tour in Canada, Noam Bedein, director of the Sderot Media Center, an independent advocacy organization in the Negev, encountered a surprising amount of support for Israel among the members of the First Nations — the country’s indigenous people, like the Native Americans here — he met. As often-displaced groups, they told Bedein, a Sabra, they understood Israelis’ love for their land.

Photos By Raymond MacLean.

Faith Complex: Davven the Gay Away?

Davven the Gay Away? Chaim Levin, an orthodox Jew from Crown Heights Brooklyn, discusses his journey coming out as a gay man when others urged him to suffer in silence.

Faith Complex: Davven the Gay Away?

02/20/2012 - 19:00

Davven the Gay Away? Chaim Levin, an orthodox Jew from Crown Heights Brooklyn, discusses his journey coming out as a gay man when others urged him to suffer in silence.

Chaim Levin, an orthodox Jew from Crown Heights Brooklyn.

Anne, For A New Generation

02/20/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I was unexpectedly moved when, 18 months ago, the chestnut tree outside Anne Frank’s hiding place in Amsterdam fell over. Rotting and ancient, the tree collapsed along with its support structure.

Daniel Schifrin

A Portuguese Paradise

02/20/2012 - 19:00
Travel Writer

As you survey the deep blue Atlantic that surrounds Madeira and gaze over volcanic peaks with the scent of orchids in the air, you may feel like you’ve discovered a lost paradise.

Nearly 600 years ago, Portuguese explorers probably felt the same way when they stumbled upon the uninhabited island. There were no humans on these virgin shores — just lush green valleys thick with riotous pink blooms, waves crashing on blackened cliffs and hundreds of colorful birds. Is it any wonder those sun-struck sailors were inspired to pursue the Age of Discovery?

The beach at Porto Santo. cruise ship off Funchal. BEACH: Duarte Andrade SHIP: Francisco Corela

Exotic Mushroom Soup

Try out some new varieties in this piping-hot dish.
02/16/2012 - 19:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I've come to realize that mushrooms tend to be a polarizing food. Most people I know (anecdotal evidence, of course) either love or hate them. Well I fall strongly in the former camp, and I will put mushrooms in just about anything - pasta, chicken, salad - I'm working on a mushroom dessert.

Exotic Mushroom Soup. Photo by Amy Spiro

Tim Boxer At National Jewish Outreach Program

02/16/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Shabbat was the theme of the National Jewish Outreach program’s 18th annual dinner Feb. 13 at the Grand Hyatt in New York. Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, founding director of NJOP, which has sponsored Shabbat Across America and Canada for more than 800,000 Jews since 1996, honored Sen. Joe Lieberman for his book, “The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath” (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster).

Hearing Passover's Footsteps

02/15/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Anyone who has seen the movie “Jaws” will surely remember the opening scene.  A woman swims peacefully in the ocean and all appears to be well, until we hear that pulsating, foreboding music.  You can’t see the shark yet, but you know it’s out there, and before too long, it will make its appearance…

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.
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