Gay Marriage: A Moral Choice?


Q - I have some sympathy for gay marriage, just legalized in New York, but I can't understand how anyone who takes the Torah seriously could consider it the proper moral choice. I mean, the book of Leviticus is rather explicit in describing homosexuality as "an abomination." How can anyone get around that?

Joshua Hammerman

Sweet Potato and Potato Gratin

A colorful, pareve alternative to the French classic.

Editorial Assistant

Potato Gratin is a traditional French dish, which is often laden down with cheese and heavy cream. This makes it both on the unhealthy side, and unsuitable for serving alongside meat dishes in a kosher home.

Potato and Sweet Potato Gratin. Photo by Amy Spiro

The Jewish Week's Comedy Contest

The final round of The Jewish Week's annual Funniest Jew contest.

The Answer To 'Half Shabbos' Is Whole Judaism


A front-page article in last week’s print edition of The Jewish Week introduced the greater Jewish community to the idea of “half-Shabbos-” a version of Shabbat practiced, it would seem, by a not insignificant number of Orthodox teens. 

Gerald Skolnik

Sunrise, Sunset: A Weekend In The Life Of A Rabbi


As I write this, [Cue: “We are the Champions” by Queen], I am completing a very profound weekend of rabbi-ing. From Friday morning through Monday afternoon, I took part in a number of major lifecycle events, ranging from birth to death. I am frequently the officiant for at least one lifecycle event on any given weekend, but rarely do I have a weekend such as this:

Baby Naming? Check.
B’nai Mitzvah? Check.
Wedding? Check.
Funeral? Check.
Unveiling? Check.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Not Your Everyday Delicatessen Man


New Yorkers may consider their town the capital of Jewish deli fare, but Saveur magazine recently singled out Michigan’s Zingerman’s — arguably the foodie mecca of the Midwest — for producing the best Jewish rye bread in America.

Ari Weinzweig: Day school grad and author of bacon book.

Shavuot In Israel, Belatedly


Most of the Jewish community celebrated Shavuot, the holiday that marks the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, in mid-June.

Some residents of Israel, including the Black Hebrews of Dimona, celebrated Shavuot a few weeks later.

The group, like the Karaites and Samaritans, who also recognize only the Torah but not the Oral Law as a source for their traditions, count Shavuot as occurring on the Sunday seven weeks after the Sunday of Passover.

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That’s No Ordinary Lemon In The Juicer

Special To The Jewish Week

What is sickness? asks the Etrog Man.

Unhappiness. Worries. Pressure.

That’s what ails us in the 21st century.

But the Etrog Man, whose real name is Uzi-Eli, wants to counteract all of that.

“I want people to live healthier lives,” he tells me. “I want to help people from the inside out.”

Abigail Pickus

Lessons From A ‘Holy Junk Heap’

Special To The Jewish Week

I recently inhaled Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole’s new book Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza. Part of the Jewish Encounters series from Schocken and Nextbook, this headlong excavation into one of the greatest literary finds in Jewish history opened my eyes to the complex drama behind the sudden “appearance” of this storehouse of medieval Hebrew documents.

The "sacred trash" from the Cairo geniza throws our own piles of papers into new perspective.

The Balkans’ Great Lake

Travel Writer

‘Macedonia is Greece!” blares a sign scrawled in red paint across plazas in Thessaloniki, Drama and other towns across northern Greece. “Makedonia e Bulgaria!” screams the Bulgarian equivalent, just as fervent, in graffiti along that country’s southern highways.

Despite years of political unrest, Macedonia is a beautiful and affordable vacation site.
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