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What Happened To Jewish Dance?

06/21/2016 - 12:10
Special To The Jewish Week

It was an inauspicious debut, to be sure, when I finally allowed myself to be dragged onto the stage on a recent Saturday afternoon for the Father-Daughter number in my youngest daughter, Leah’s, end-of-year dance recital in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Desperately trying to mirror the movements of the 49 other equally sheepish dads, I went down on one knee and held out my hand to a blissful 7-year-old who pirouetted, preened and posed as if she were appearing with Mikhail Baryshnikov. By the time I had to do it again that evening with her 11-year-old sister, Sarah, I felt ready to audition for “Dancing With the Stars.”

Ted Merwin

Weld: Fight Terror As ‘Criminal Conspiracy’

06/21/2016 - 11:51
Staff Writer

William Weld, the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president, is a former two-term Republican governor of Massachusetts who earlier served for seven years as a federal prosecutor. He is running on a ticket headed by Gary Johnson, the former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico. The Jewish Week caught up with him by phone last week a few days after the Orlando terror attack.

William Weld: Sees scenario for his Libertarian Party ticket winning the presidential election.

How Isaac Met Allyson

06/17/2016 - 10:33
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The credit for the match goes to Rabbi Matthew Reimer.  He was the organizer of his temple’s Friday night service where Isaac Hattem, 29, met Allyson Stone, 28.

Isaac Hattem, 29, met Allyson Stone, 28. Courtesy Ryan Brenizer Photography

A Time For Honesty, and Courage

06/16/2016 - 16:05

The horrific events of this past weekend in Orlando, where forty-nine members of the LGBT community were slaughtered en masse by a Muslim terrorist and many more were wounded, have left us all stunned and bereaved. As has been pointed out by many, this was not only a hate attack against the gay and lesbian community, but also, more widely, a terrorist strike against America’s pluralistic society and the Western culture it represents.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Finland’s Turku Archipelago; Gateway To The Baltic

06/14/2016 - 13:27
Travel Writer

When the sun breaks through the clouds over Finland’s Turku Archipelago, the reward is a shimmering vista of sea, sky and rocky green islets. More than 20,000 islands, many no larger than a kiddie pool, stretch out into the Baltic Sea from the mouth of the Aura River.

The 13th-century Turku Castle, the city’s most enduring monument. Wikimedia Commons

My Kitchen, My Sons

06/14/2016 - 13:24
Special To The Jewish Week

In one of the parenting fantasies I had before I became a mother, I am standing in a kitchen much larger than mine, leaning on a countertop wiped spotless by an imaginary housekeeper. I am surrounded by a ring of daughters, and together, we are admiring the oozing babkas that have recently emerged from the oven.

Merri Ukraincik

Learning To Filter Our Speech

06/09/2016 - 14:27

Rabbis both old and new have done a pretty good job teaching about the dangers of “lashon harah,” most commonly translated as slander, or malicious gossip. The most common way this manifests itself is when the offending language is being used offstage, behind the scenes, so that the offended party is not aware of it until it comes out in a more public way.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Ali’s Ring Cycle

06/07/2016 - 17:53
Special To The Jewish Week

I was walking through Rockefeller Center one spring afternoon about 30 years ago. There was a large knot of people in front of the NBC Building, which ordinarily wouldn’t have attracted my attention at all.

George Robinson

Banff, Albert: A Peak Vacation

Jews on the prairie in Banff, Alberta.

06/07/2016 - 13:07
Travel Writer

I was first acquainted with Banff when two good friends married in a spectacular mountaintop setting there about a decade ago. I still remember her twirling in a red dress, the vivid scarlet contrasting with the brilliant white of Alberta’s snowcapped Rockies.

The main drag in Banff, framed by Alberta’s snow-capped Rockies.  Wikimedia Commons

American Politics, Israeli Politics… Pick Your Poison

06/01/2016 - 13:58

Regarding the long simmering ill will between the governments of Israel and the United States, I am reminded of the pithy yet profound rabbinic comment on the episode of the Binding of Isaac in Genesis. In assessing whose behavior is more difficult to comprehend, Abraham, with his blind obedience to God’s terrifying command, or Isaac, who utters not a word though he intuits exactly what is happening, the rabbis commented simply “zeh lishhot, v’zeh lishahet.” “One was determined to slaughter, and the other was determined to be slaughtered.” Neither party is beyond reproach.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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