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Singling Out Israel, Even At The Market

In Brooklyn’s upscale, politically liberal and increasingly family-friendly Park Slope, the battles that have seized most of the headlines in recent years have concerned fancy strollers that occupy too much sidewalk space — and not so much Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

Rabbi Andy Bachman: A “pretty left-wing person,” he’s against a boycott of Israeli goods — and of Israel’s anti-boycott law.

A Black Day In French History

08/16/2011
Staff Writer

 
An honor guard stood near Rabbi Alain Goldman in Paris during a ceremony that reflected no honor on France.

On the recent 69th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv roundup of some 13,000 Jews from Paris and its surrounding suburbs, Rabbi Goldman, at right, the city’s former chief rabbi, took part in a memorial ceremony which included World War II veterans, below.

The roundup was the largest mass arrest of Jews in France during World War II; the children and adults arrested over two days were shipped to Auschwitz, where most died.

Photo by Getty Images

Berlin’s Old/New Reality

08/16/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

When I agreed to teach Jewish law at Humboldt University in Berlin — the only European law school to offer such a course — I assumed I could be reasonable and objective about Germany. I was naïve. No American, certainly no Jew, comes to Germany clean. There are too many memories, too many inherited cultural images and prejudices.

Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard

Chasing The Mother Bird: A Strange Mitzvah

08/12/2011

 Q:  An acquaintance of mine recently boasted to me that he had happened upon a bird's nest and seized the opportunity to perform what he considered the mitzvah of shiluach hakan, scaring away a mother bird before taking the eggs. This mitzvah is intended to teach compassion, so that a bird should not have to watch the devouring of its young, but I find it hard to believe that it is meant as a mitzvah to be done in ordinary circumstances if one is not in dire need of the eggs.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Faith Complex with The ADL's David Friedman

A discussion about campus anti-Semitism and other issues with host Sara Fainberg.

Turkey, Avocado and Apple Salad

This tasty summer salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

08/11/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Now that the nine days are over, it is time to dive back in to meat consumption full time, right? Not being a huge red-meat eater, it is not steaks or hamburgers I’ve been craving but the lighter fare – especially when it is played up so nicely in a salad like this.

Tasty avacado salad with turkey and apple chunks.

From Moscow to Mickey: Living Jewish in the Land of Disney

08/11/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Today’s world of incredibly fast travel and communication has created improbably jarring segues of time and space. But even given that fact, transitioning from being in Moscow and St. Petersburg one week to Orlando, Florida the next has been, to say the least, a strange adjustment.

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Moscato In Israel

The Italian transplant perfect for the season.

08/11/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

One of the minor hazards of being a wine writer is the frequency of requests from friends and family for advice on selecting wines for help in selecting wines. A few weeks ago I got a call from an old friend with an interesting wine question: She wanted me to recommend a few good Israeli Moscatos.

Carmel's Moscato di Carmel.

A Refuge From Summer’s Heat

08/09/2011
Staff Writer

During the recent sweltering days that have brought temperatures across most of the country above 90 degrees — and in many locations, above 100 — refuge is found in ice cold lemonade, air conditioned rooms and for some with a swimming pool nearby, a refreshing dip in the water.

The Olympic-size pool of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park on Long Island is a popular place this summer.

On a 103-degree day last month, 9-year-old Aaron Bater dove into the Community Park’s pool, above, and other members of his family joined him in the shallow end.

Photo by Michael Datikash
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