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I’ve Got the Outer Borough, Tertiary Street Blues

Or, Why It’s Hard to Make a Minyan in a Snowstorm in Queens

12/30/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Writing an on-line article is a tricky business.

When you write for a hard copy local newspaper, which the Jewish Week is in the New York area, you are, essentially, writing for a local audience. New Yorkers will catch the regional references that won’t necessarily make sense to people reading my article online in, say, Des Moines, Chicago, or, for that matter, Jerusalem.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Michael Vick and Forgiveness

12/30/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Q - Does Michael Vick deserve the accolades he is getting?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Folksbiene Connects To Tradition

12/29/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The National Yiddish Theater/Folksbiene has come a long way in its 96th season. In fact, the highlight of its annual cabaret dinner on Dec. 8 at the Bohemian National Hall on the Upper East Side, were two African American actors who brought the house down with their versions of classical Yiddish medleys.

Elmore James, a veteran of five Broadway shows and the Metropolitan Opera, dazzled with “Es Brent” and “Ot Azoy.” Tony Perry, featured in the film “Mickey,” thrilled the audience with his rendition of “Vos Iz Gevorn.”

Marion and Elie Wiesel were honored by the Folksbiene at a cabaret dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts

12/28/2010

As this week’s blizzard blanketed New York City in snow, Jewish Community Councils and other organizations scrambled to continue providing much-needed services in the hardest-hit neighborhoods, as well as meet emergency needs.

Photos By Getty Images & Alexandar Rapaport

Resistance Immortalized

12/28/2010

A prolific author and professor of media studies at The New School, Douglas Rushkoff is a prescient observer of the Jewish community. His 2004 book, “Nothing Sacred: The Truth About Judaism,” advanced his advocacy of an “Open Source Judaism” that draws on the Jewish traditions of iconoclasm and no-holds-barred inquiry. He is a frequent critic of what he describes as contemporary Judaism’s tendency to unquestioningly follow accepted wisdom and authority figures.

Professor Douglas Rushkoff sees a "split" Jewish community - the progressive side and the regressive side.

When Anti-Semitism Is Part Of The Vacation

12/28/2010
Travel Writer

I was in Barcelona, dropping by a friend’s shared apartment, when it started up. “I’ve been so busy here, I haven’t even had time to go shopping!” I laughed, and was met with this teasing response from my friend’s housemate — a Bulgarian cellist I barely knew. “No shopping? Why, for you, that must be as unthinkable as not building settlements would be for an Israeli!”

Quinoa with Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts

A tasty and nutritious side dish to any meal.

12/23/2010
Editorial Assistant

Quinoa is known in many Ashkenazic Jewish households for one reason: Pesach. The healthy, sort-of-grain plant is actually a seed, and it is neither chametz (leavened) nor kitniyot (grains and legumes – including rice, peas and beans), meaning they can be used on the food-challenged holiday (according to most rabbis).

Quinoa with Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts, Photo by Amy Spiro

Photos at a Bris?

12/23/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

 Q - My son's bris is in a couple of days and lots of family and friends will be attending. I'm OK with people taking pictures but I really don't want photos of my son all over the Internet. What can I do?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Live Like a Movie Star

12/23/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

When I'm not pouring over my Chumash or studying the Talmud, you might find me, upon occasion, flipping through an issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine for alternative inspiration. Truth be told, EW wins out over the big books 99.9% of the time, as it is significantly less cumbersome sitting on the magazine rack of my treadmill.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Booker In The Hood At YU

12/22/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Cory Booker seems to find himself in the right places at the right times. Two decades ago, as a 22-year-old Rhodes scholar at Oxford, he found himself one night at Shmuley Boteach’s L’Chaim Society, a Jewish cultural center on campus.

He was invited by a young woman for a Simchat Torah celebration. When he walked into Chabad House everyone froze. He looked for his date but found men with beards and skullcaps.

Cory Booker and Richard Joel at Yeshiva University convocation. Photo by Tim Boxer
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