Head, Heart, Gut: Your Internal Advisory Committee

Special to the Jewish Week

When it comes to country music, I am parve. You won't catch me downloading any Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood or "Country" Hootie songs on iTunes, but I also didn't roll my eyes when my husband Michael happily happened upon our new minivan's XM radio station playing all C&W, all the time. Yes, when it comes to country music, y'all could say I'm parve.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Snow Days, Facebook and Cheating

Special to the Jewish Week

Q - I am a high school student. My math final was postponed because of a mid-day snow storm, but a friend of mine had taken the test earlier that day. That night while I was studying, I paused to take a peek at my Facebook news feed and saw that my friend had posted a page from the test. I didn't realize what it was at first so I looked at it. But when I realized what it was, I deleted it. I took the test the next day and did not say anything. I had studied hard and would have gotten those answers right anyway. Was I right to say nothing?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Bezalel Introduces Ido Flawlessly

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The acting consul general of Israel says his name, Ido Aharoni, continues to give him grief. People continue to mispronounce it. Sometimes they say Ida. “I can live with that,” he says.

However a woman at a Long Island event once said, “Please welcome Ido a Horny,” and that wasn’t flattering.

At the annual dinner of Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design on Jan. 27 at Trump Soho, chairman Ilan Kaufthal introduced the consul general flawlessly, and that made him relax.

 Ido Aharoni, right, with Harvey and Connie Krueger at Bezalel dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer

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’


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


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

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

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!

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?

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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
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