Feeling Kehilat Jeshurun's Pain

07/13/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

There exists, in ancient rabbinic literature, the concept of a t'filat shav- a useless or ill-advised prayer uttered in vain and therefore to be avoided. A man is not to say "I hope my wife gives birth to a boy," for the sex of a child is determined at the moment of conception, and certainly not impacted thereafter by prayer. And if you see a fire burning as you approach your home, you should not say "I hope it's not my house that's burning."

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Crispy Tofu Salad

Convert even the biggest skeptic in to a soy lover.
07/12/2011 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Tofu gets a pretty bad rap from many people. In fact, there may be some loyal Nosh Pit readers who abandon ship after I even mention the word. But the truth is, when it is prepared well, tofu can be a delicious and healthy addition to any meal.

Crispy Tofu Salad. Image by Amy Spiro

Celebrating Freedom In Israel

07/11/2011 - 20:00

Two months after Israelis celebrated their Independence Day, independence day came again last week in Israel.

South Sudanese independence day.

Photo By Getty Images

The Alef-Bet Of Baby Names

07/11/2011 - 20:00

Celebrities are known for bestowing unconventional names on their offspring, from Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s daughter Apple, to singers Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz naming their son Bronx Mowgli. Jewish Israeli actress Natalie Portman gave birth to her first child last week, a son, with fiance Benjamin Millepied. After much speculation, the news broke that Portman named her child Alef, the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet.

Kolben, editor of the Jewish parenting blog Kveller, gave her own daughter a modern Israeli name.

In The Berkshires Mountains, Cultural Peaks

From Great Barrington to Williamstown, a summer jam-packed with arts, music, dance — and Jewish fare.
07/11/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

You won’t see James Levine, Tanglewood’s storied music director, onstage at the arts festival this summer. But there are more famous faces than ever in the Berkshires, a favorite Jewish destination for serious culture when the temperature rises.

Amid these placid green hills in Western Massachusetts are world-class performers like Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Emanuel Ax, Leon Fleisher and Alisa Weilerstein, along with the Lar Lubovitch and Mark Morris dancers.

Farewell, Stories

07/11/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I have been a little blue lately, and it’s embarrassing to admit why. I am mourning the end of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.”

Debra Orenstein

An Interview With Director Eve Annenberg

 Aaron Herman discusses "Romeo and Juliet" with director Eve Annenberg.

Punching Your Ticket

07/07/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Q - I frequently use a 10-trip punch card on the LIRR. Often the conductor fails to appear to punch the card before I get off.  What is my obligation here? Should I tear up the card before it runs out to make up the difference or am I free to use it again as it is the responsibility of the railroad to collect the fare? This does not involve deception since I am ready to pay the fare.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Israel Zangwill's "Melting Pot" and Europe's Anti-Muslim Problem: Lessons from Two Struggles

It doesn't matter if you're liberal or conservative--if you're European, "mutliculturalism" has become a dirty word.  The New York Times ran an op-ed today by a British writer attacking multiculturalism as form of public policy.

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