One Shabbat morning a few years ago I decided to skip shul and head over to a friend’s apartment for coffee. I didn’t time my visit well. Strolling along in sweatpants, I ran into one of the rabbis in my community coming home from shul with his family. I was mortified. While he could not have been any friendlier and wished me a good Shabbos, I was embarrassed to be seen in non-Shabbat-like clothing during peak Shabbat hours.
A City Council campaign in one of the city’s fastest-growing Jewish neighborhoods has led to charges of anti-Semitism as long-shot Republican Gene Berardelli has attacked incumbent Brooklyn Democrat Lewis Fidler for “advocating one group ov
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A City Council campaign in one of the city’s fastest-growing Jewish neighborhoods has led to charges of anti-Semitism as long-shot Republican Gene Berardelli has attacked incumbent Brooklyn Democrat Lewis Fidler for “advocating one group over another.”
UJA-Federation of New York last week announced that its annual campaign kickoff at the home of Alan “Ace” and Kathryn Greenberg raised $43 million from more than 85 philanthropic and business leaders. Despite the worst recession since the Depression, the amount was virtually identical to the record amount raised a year ago.
Although best-selling novelist Jonathan Safran Foer’s just-released book, “Eating Animals,” makes a strong argument for vegetarianism, his work-in-progress, a new Haggadah, will not have a vegetarian — or indeed, any — theme other than the pursuit of literary excellence.
I have a friend who's a plasma physicist. He's brilliant- really brilliant- and divides much of his time between the finer points of cold fusion and developing alternative energy sources (may he only succeed!).
When we first met about thirty years ago, this friend, who is Jewish, wasn't all that into synagogue. He famously commented to my wife and me that coming to synagogue every Shabbat was sort of like going to the same play every week… same script, same actors, same ending. Groundhog Day for Jews.
The title of this blog entry is an intentional riff on the charming and wonderful At Home in Mitford series by southern author Jan Karon. The protagonist of the series, the unflappable Father Tim, is the endlessly patient pastor of a small church in a small town. The books- each in its own slow and magical way- display both the charms and the challenges of the clerical life in a small town, where everyone knows everyone else's business. Father Tim spends virtually his entire pastoral career in Mitford, and the town and its citizens are in his bones and his sou
There is plenty of commentary to be offered on the obsessive response of America’s media to the death of Michael Jackson. You have to hand it to Congressman Peter King, who, albeit it in a very undiplomatic way, expressed what many are feeling. At the very least, Michael Jackson was an accused pedophile, a bizarre caricature of a self-loathing Black man whose hatred of his own skin and features led him to multiple acts of self-mutilation, a serious substance abuser
When last I wrote, I had recently returned from Israel and visiting my very sick mother. Since then- just a little over two weeks ago- she died. I flew back to Israel for the burial, sat shiva with my sister for a few days, and then returned here to complete my shivah in my own community in Forest Hills. The day after I got up from shiva was the eve of Shavuot… It’s been a very long, and very exhausting few weeks.