Building Muslim-Jewish Ties In Vienna, And Beyond


A Jewish native of Vienna, 28-year-old Ilja Sichrovsky is at the vanguard of a movement to improve relations between Jews and Muslims. As founder and secretary of the Muslim Jewish Conference (mjconference.org), he recently brought several dozen young members of both communities together at the University of Vienna for six days of dialogue and leadership-training activities.

Ilja Sichrovsky: Jewish-Muslim relationship in Austria “is a peaceful one.”

Schmears Of Sadness?

Special To The Jewish Week

After nearly 12 years of marriage, I know the groan well. I brace myself. Who could have died? “H&H is closing its West Side store,” my husband Jeremy says with a wince, referring to the acclaimed bagel shop. I exhale. But he adds, “It just confirms that everything is going to hell in a hand basket.”

Elicia Brown

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
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