Whose Burden is Bigger? When Size Shouldn't Matter

Special to the Jewish Week

Ten years ago, I was the overwhelmed, under-rested, barely-bathed mother of newborn twins. Getting out of bed was a daily challenge, staying awake past 6 pm was even harder. So it was a rare and much-needed treat when my friend Wendy and my cousin Amy came over for dinner and a night of gabbing and girl-talk.

"You must be exhausted," Wendy clucked with compassion.

"I'm fine." I lied.

"How are you getting through the days?" Amy asked, her voice filled with rachmanos.

"It's no problem." I braved.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Cauliflower and Leek Tartlets

Mini pies and tarts aren’t just for dessert anymore.

Editorial Assistant

I’m not surprised that cupcakes have become such a national trend. After all, what’s better than a slice of cake? A mini cake made just for you. Individualized and mini desserts are all the rage, but the trend is less pronounced in savory dishes, and I’m not sure why. Individual tarts –whether served as an appetizer or side dish, are a way to impress even the most jaded dinner guests.

Cauliflower and Leek Tartlets. Photo: Amy Spiro

Yom Ha’atzma’ut 2011: Keeping the Faith

Special to the Jewish Week

There is a member of my congregation who, at least once a year, complains to me that Jewish tradition seems incapable of letting us have an unqualified good time no matter how happy the circumstances. We break a glass under the marital chuppah, we pour wine out of our cups at the Passover Seder, we recite penitential prayers every day to remind ourselves of just how imperfect we are… why can’t we just kick back and enjoy life like others seem to be able to do?

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Next Year in Jerusalem! (or Great Neck...)

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I’m still in awe... When I began my position at my congregation in the summer of 2009, one of the very first questions from my new congregants was, “Will you be planning a trip to Israel?”

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Dor Chadash Yom Ha'Atzmaut Event at BB Kings

The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman attends the 9th annual  Dor Chadash community wide Israel Independence Day Celebration at BB Kings in NYC.

Israel Economy Nimble, But Education Investment Needed


During the Great Recession of 2008, the Israeli economy weathered the worst effects of the global economic crisis and continued to grow, according to a new paper authored by Tamar Almor, a professor of business strategy and entrepreneurship at the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon Lezion, Israel. The Jewish Week spoke with Almor, who attributed Israel’s economic strength to its high-tech industry, which features small companies that are nimble and innovative.

Tamar Almor: Israel’s entrepreneurial business climate helped the country weather the recession of 2008.

Balkan Elegance

Travel Writer

Some of the world’s oldest known civilizations have inhabited the Eastern Balkans, where worn-down mountain ranges punctuate the vast Thracian plain.

Yet many of the region’s cities have little to show for those ancient roots. Centuries of war, imperialism, poverty and even natural disasters have left much of the area lacking in opulent architecture and quaint historic cores like those found throughout Western Europe. And visitors accustomed to those more accessible destinations can find themselves frustrated by a lack of tangible urban history.

The Ancient Theater in Plovdiv, a 1,000-year-old amphitheater with preserved steps and graceful white columns. Hilary Larson

Some Israeli Riffs In New York


As a music student in Manhattan for six years two decades ago, Israel’s Amir Gwirtzman has performed many times in New York City.

Photos By Michael Datikash

Testy About Tests

Special To The Jewish Week

It was a day of shock (Obama!, Osama!) and a day of sorrow (The Six Million). But for my 9-year-old daughter Talia, that date, May 2, known as Yom HaShoah on Jewish calendars, was merely the day before a bigger, scarier one; the next morning, promptly at 9 a.m., the New York state tests would begin: a series of five, one hour-long exams that would measure her ability to understand reading passages and tackle third-grade math.

Elicia Brown
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