Israel’s New Soul Stirrers

08/23/2016 - 13:25
Special To The Jewish Week

While the vast majority of Israelis are secular, one would never know it from the rock and pop songs that are dominating the country’s music scene these days — tunes that are filled with religious references, efforts to connect with divine energies and longing for release and redemption. As the renowned Israeli intellectual Yossi Klein Halevi (author of the award-winning “Like Dreamers,” about the Israeli paratroopers who reconquered the Western Wall during the Six-Day War) put it last month at a rabbinic conference in Jerusalem, “Israel’s most secular art form is becoming its most religious one. And its most Israeli art form is becoming its most Jewish one.”

Ted Merwin

Roots Music And Jewish Roots

08/16/2016 - 12:08
Travel Writer

I didn’t know who Hank Williams was when I first listened to Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song,” with the perplexing lyrics: “I said to Hank Williams, How lonely does it get? … Hank Williams hasn’t answered yet.”

cert series at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston. CONCERT CREDIT: Via Facebook

On Shabbat, The Rabbi Stayed Late

08/16/2016 - 12:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s rare for great people to turn up in your life at precisely the right moment.

I didn’t recognize it immediately but such was the case when I met Rabbi Neil Kurshan at the Huntington Jewish Center, on Long Island, more than two decades ago. Newly married and anticipating the birth of a child, I was interested in drawing closer to Judaism. 

Noel Rubinton

Stepping Out Of Time

08/09/2016 - 16:30
Special To The Jewish Week

We are bombarded daily by images and data. You could hardly call the plethora of numbers and text “information.” That would imply that some utility attaches to it.

George Robinson

Late-Summer Escapes...From the Crowds

From Maine to California, five beach getaways where you won't have to fight for parking.

08/09/2016 - 15:21
Travel Writer

Depending on the crowd you run with, it can feel as though everyone you know this summer is on the East End of Long Island, hanging with the president and the first family on the Vineyard, or down the Jersey Shore.

A lighthouse in Door County, Wis. Wikimedia Commons

Israel’s Settlers’ New Face

08/09/2016 - 11:12

With the recently launched French peace initiative, and possibly a regional peace push, looming, the Yesha Council, the umbrella group for Israeli settlements, last month appointed a new chief foreign envoy to make the settlers’ case to the world. Lt. Col. (res.) Oded Revivi, 47, former mayor of the West Bank settlement of Efrat, sat down with JTA last week to discuss his plans for the job.

New Yesha Council leader Oded Revivi. Courtesy of Avi Hyman Communications

Kamtza Bar Kamtza And Donald Trump

08/04/2016 - 10:43

On his show this week, Stephen Colbert said that he goes into each program wanting to talk about something other than Donald Trump, but somehow or other he’s always pulled back into the vortex. I feel somewhat the same way. I sit down to write wanting to talk about something else, anything else, but it’s hard to avoid talking about Donald Trump. Every day the story gets richer, and more bizarre.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Are Israeli Pols Really That Corrupt?

08/02/2016 - 16:11

The Israeli prime minister is being investigated, and the media is atwitter. Reports say Benjamin Netanyahu is suspected of money laundering. It’s not the first time authorities have looked into suspected wrongdoing by Netanyahu or his wife, Sara. And if a full-blown criminal investigation were opened, it certainly wouldn’t be the first probe of a sitting prime minister or prominent public official.

Bibi Netanyahu: Under investigation. Yair Sagi/Flash90

Alaska's Far-North Jewish Culture

Aside from stunning landscapes, Alaska offers the curious traveler the serendipitous thrill of discovering cultures.

08/02/2016 - 13:29
Travel Writer
The road to awe: Denali National Park. Wikimedia Commons

How Michael met Julie

07/28/2016 - 16:48
Jewish Week Online Columnist


Michael Biblowit and Julie Cannold were married on April 2, 2016 in Manhattan. Hechler Photographers
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