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The Moshav Band - Live

 The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman catches up with the Israeli band at their recent concert in New York City.

Members of the band were under the spiritual guidance of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and often performed with him in concert.

 

 

‘It’s Torah Work’

02/01/2011

Rabbi Aaron Lichter never doubted what his life’s work would be.

“My father was a sofer,” a Torah scribe, he says. “My grandfather was a sofer.” And his great-grandfather. They all plied their trade in Tomaszew, Poland, a town in the west-central part of the country.

So Rabbi Lichter, who lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and works on the Lower East Side, became a Torah scribe three decades ago, after training with his father for three years.

His sofer’s business is called A-1 Sofrim.

Photos By Michael Datikash

Investing In Education

02/01/2011

Gideon Sa’ar has served as Israel’s education minister for the past two years. A member of the Likud Party, he placed second in the December 2008 party primaries, making him the second-most popular party member after its leader, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Sa’ar was first elected to the Knesset in 2003, where he has proposed bills to jail employers who fire pregnant women and to ban cosmetics testing on animals. During a visit here last week, he spoke to the American Friends of Likud and later to The Jewish Week on the state of education in the Jewish state.

The Israeli government plans to spend a greater part of its budget on education in the next decade, says Education Minister Gide

For The Love Of Shopping

02/01/2011
Travel Writer

The hottest new shopping destination in Sofia, Bulgaria is a shiny, glass-clad monolith on the busy highway between downtown and the airport. Called simply “The Mall,” its facade is plastered in a riot of international name brands: Carrefour, Zara, Benetton. There isn’t a Cyrillic letter, or a Bulgarian name, in sight.

The interior of the Hali, the vast covered market that is a dizzying mélange of East and West. Hilary Larson

The Communal Table

02/01/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

‘I’ll have a beer,” I told the young man behind the bar of the sweet little pub hidden like a jewel between a spice vendor and a Judaica stall in Jerusalem’s Machane Yehudah shuk (open air market).

Dropping my overflowing bags, I hunkered down at the bar and ordered whatever beer was on tap from one of the micro-breweries cropping up across the country.

Turning to the gentleman next to me, I warned him not to crush my tomatoes.

He responded by offering me a cigarette.

Abigail Pickus

Mini Meatball Soup

Nosh Pit: A hearty, family friendly soup - in an hour!

02/01/2011
Editorial Assistant

Every few weeks I seem to get up on my soapbox here at the Nosh Pit (which is more likely to be a vegetable crate) and sell you on the merits of soup. I think by now I should be preaching to the choir – soup, soup soup – and all the more so if it’s a one-bowl, protein-veggies-carbs dinner.

Mini meatball soup; photo by Amy Spiro

After Mubarak: What Now for Israel?

02/01/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

If it is indeed true that, as the old Arab proverb goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, it leaves me no closer to understanding exactly how I am to feel about what is going on in Egypt right now.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Toasted Couscous with Chicken and Mango

Spice up a grain salad with tropical fruit and toasted seeds.

01/28/2011
Editorial Assistant

Most recipes I create start with one thing: opening up my kitchen cupboards and staring listlessly inside. Then I turn to the fridge, and after contemplating various containers of leftovers, I regroup in my mind with what I want to make, what I have and what I need to buy.

Toasted Couscous with Chicken and Mango. Photo by Amy Spiro

California, Redux

01/28/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Shortly after my vacation this past summer in California, I wrote a piece for this column about California and its charms. Having slowly and lovingly driven the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles, I lamented how coming back to New York City- which I admittedly love- was not so easy. Concrete jungle and all that….

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

IJPA Presents Schmooze 2011

The annual IJPA Schmooze Jewish Culture Conference is a South By Southwest event for the Jewish arts and culture/entertainment community. The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman takes a look.

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