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Playing Games With Jewish Education

08/23/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

You can’t avoid it anymore.

Computer-based games like Farmville or Angry Birds or Grand Theft Auto, available on laptops and phones and game consoles, have become almost as ubiquitous as social media sites like Facebook.

Whether you are a teacher or principal, a parent or grandparent, a marketer or consumer, a smartphone user or a paperback-reading commuter, you can’t help but notice how these games fill the downtime minutes of millions of people, and increasingly are the first thing they connect to when they boot up their machines.

Daniel Schifrin

Take To The Beach

08/23/2011
Travel Writer

It’s fascinating to me how differently travelers can perceive the same place.

For Americans, Barcelona — Europe in general, for that matter — is a cultural destination. We come to tour the architecture of Gaudi, see the museums of Dali and Miro, walk through Catalonia’s ancient Jewish ghettos, and sample the molecular gastronomy for which the region is lately famous.

Near Barcelona, the Sitges beach, top, and Castelldefels, offer inviting stretches of sand that attract locals and tourists.

Got A Problem? Mazel Tov

08/20/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

One of my favorite movies as I was growing was The Other Side of the Mountain, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Up: The Story of Jill Kinmont by Evans G. Valens. In this inspirational and heartbreaking true story, Jill is a national championship skier who has a terrible skiing accident, leaving her a quadriplegic right before her 19th birthday. The movie followers her long road to emotional recovery, including her life-changing long-distance romance with Dick “Mad Dog” Buek, himself an exceptional skier and later a stunt daredevil.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

My Worst Enemy's Shiva

08/19/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Q. The mother of my worst enemy just died and I'm not sure whether to visit during Shiva. In truth, I sincerely see this as a chance to reconcile (we haven't spoken in about five years but have a lot of friends in common). My only concern is that he would misinterpret the reason for the visit and kick me out of the house. I really don't want to cause him any discomfort. What should I do?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Lurching Toward Elul: Tracking The Jewish Psyche

08/19/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

In the jargon of mental health professionals, when you say that someone’s “affect is labile,” it means that he/she tends to flip back and forth between different moods. It’s another way of saying that a person is behaving unpredictably, alternating between happy and sad, hope and despair, in ways that are hard to predict and liable to change at any moment.

 

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Pink Lemonade Bars

The perfect summer treat.

08/18/2011
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I’m hopelessly addicted to ice pops. They are one of my many weaknesses (right behind doughnuts) and I could eat about 20 of them a day. In fact, I’ve been known to stock up on them at the end of summer to get me through the cold months when it is difficult to find them for sale.

Pink Lemonade Bars. Photo by Amy Spiro
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