New Wines For The New Year

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The lead-up to Passover and Rosh HaShanah are the two times each year when kosher wine producers try to bring their new wines to the market. This fall, no doubt in part because of the continuing bad economy, and weak dollar, there are fewer new wines on the market than usual. However, many of the wines that are being released look intriguing.

New Wines For The New Year

California Grandeur

For your holiday table, go west.

Special To The Jewish Week

Thirty-five years ago, in the spring of 1976, a seminal event happened in Paris that changed the map of wine just as much as the American Revolution, 200 years before, had changed the map of the British Empire.

Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant, then living in Paris, decided to use the American Bicentennial to generate some publicity for himself. So he invited some of France’s most distinguished wine experts to a blind tasting of the best French and American wines. The outcome was a foregone conclusion: France, of course, would win.

Herzog’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is full bodied and garnet colored.

Seaside Villages And Canada’s Ellis Island

Travel Writer

If you think New Englanders are friendly, you’ll love New Scotlanders, inhabitants of the region more commonly known as Nova Scotia. The liveliest and most diverse of Canada’s three maritime provinces offers a warm welcome to travelers, a wealth of Jewish heritage and plenty of local culture — from fiddling in pubs to Titanic artifacts.

This time of year, as beaches still beckon on warm afternoons, fall foliage explodes with color to charm the most ardent leaf-peepers.

Peggy’s Cove with its historic lighthouse, is a favorite spot on the Halifax coastline.

Torah Dedication At Queens College


In Jewish tradition, last Saturday — the 18th day of Elul — was a significant date. It is the anniversary of the birth of two major chasidic figures: the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the chasidic movement; and Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

Photos By Michael Datikash

Kurtzer: No To PA Aid Cutoff, And No To Annexation


Daniel Kurtzer served as the U.S. ambassador to Egypt from 1997 to 2001 and as the U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2001-2005. Throughout his career, he played a key role in formulating and executing American policy towards the Middle East peace process and served as a member of the U.S. peace team that in 1991 convened the Madrid Peace Conference. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2005 and is now a lecturer and professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies at Princeton University.

Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt: “I would not go as far as to say Israel is isolated.”

From Pundit To Pulpit?


For 30 years, Hank Sheinkopf has been offering his advice to candidates and his analysis of the political landscape to the media. Now, he’s also fielding questions about halacha and offering comfort to the spiritually afflicted — as a newly ordained Orthodox rabbi.

Sheinkopf was granted smicha on July 5 from Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yaroslavsky of Kfar Chabad, the Lubavitch enclave in Israel. Since the rabbi speaks no English, Sheinkopf completed his exam in Hebrew, which he has been studying at home on the Upper West Side.

Hank Sheinkopf: Prominent New York political consultant has earned rabbinical ordination in Israel.

Iran And Syria’s ‘Wedding’


It gives new meaning to the Axis of Evil.

In street theater performance, actors portraying Syria’s Bashir Assad, left, and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, “married” this week

Seeking Higher Ground On The Holy Days

Staff Writer

In the new film “Higher Ground,” there’s a scene where Vera Farmiga, the film’s director and star, fitfully tries to pray in her bathroom. She’s trying out a method — speaking in tongues — that she recently saw performed by her close friend. Like the friend, Farmiga’s character is an oddity in their Christian fundamentalist group: a free-spirited iconoclast with a highly inquisitive mind.

Eric Herschthal

Moving Beyond 9/11

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Some years ago, as I recuperated from serious orthopedic surgery on my ankle, I went to the surgeon’s office for a follow-up appointment. My recovery was in that awkward stage where I was no longer in a cast or on crutches, but clearly not foot loose and fancy free, either. I remember asking the doctor something along the lines of “how much is too much?” Should I be walking more or less if it hurts? Should I be pushing this recovery along, or would pushing it slow down my overall progress?

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Master the classic crunchy cookie.


If there is anything that screams "adult cookie" it is the biscotti. But that doesn't mean they can't be delicious. This simple recipe will produce crisp, rich and flavorful cookies that you can enjoy on their own or  dipped in a mug of steaming coffee or tea. The recipe calls for slivered almonds but just about any other nut would work as well - or even some white chocolate chips for a nice contrast.

Chocolate Almond Biscotti. Photo by Amy Spiro
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