Moses, The Reluctant Leader

04/14/2016 - 11:27
Special To The Jewish Week

The endless volume of visual images and audio clips that are a part of our daily reality in a modern political season make it virtually impossible that a non-mediagenic personality could ever be elected to the high office of the presidency. It is sad but true that looks, charisma, and the ability to raise huge amounts of money matter at least as much in politics these days as do thoughtfulness and ideas, much less personal integrity. A seasoned, knowledgeable, and reflective candidate of either major political party will not necessarily see those qualities translate into votes, or allegiance. If you’re going to prevail in today’s political climate, you pretty much need to have a larger-than-life personality, and a more-than-healthy sense of self and self-importance. You have to have what to sell, and you have to be comfortable selling it– relentlessly.

What makes a good leader? Getty Images

Bauhaus And Beer Tours, Anyone?

04/12/2016 - 15:57
Travel Writer

This modernist apartment building in Tel Aviv is part of architectural tour of the city. Ross Belfer

Are you interested in the Tel Aviv art market, but unsure which galleries to explore? Heard about the city’s nightlife scene and wish you knew a local to take you somewhere cool? Find yourself in Israel on business or for the 14th time, wondering what could make this trip memorable?

Tel Aviv, a city with intoxicating energy and industry, plus incredible architecture. Ross Belfer

Keeping The Kids Connected At The Seder

04/12/2016 - 13:28
Staf Writer

Rabbi Paul Kipnes, spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, Calif., and his wife, Michelle November, a high school admissions officer and former national college director of the Union for Reform Judaism, are authors of a new book, “Jewish Spiritual Parenting: Wisdom, Activities, Rituals and Prayers for Raising Children with Spiritual Balance and Emotional Wholeness” (Jewish Lights).

Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Michelle November.

Honeymooning In Israel

04/12/2016 - 12:21
Special To The Jewish Week

As a rabbi, I’m not usually invited on honeymoon vacations. But in February, I had the opportunity to serve as a Jewish educator for New York City’s first Honeymoon Israel trip. The trip operates in cities around the country, offering couples with at least one Jewish partner a highly subsidized and immersive trip to Israel.

Avram Mlotek

How Yehiel Met Rachel

04/07/2016 - 16:50
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“This is a story how music and dancing can bring people together,” writes the Times of Israel editor. He was referring to the production of Hairspray.  It’s also the story of Rachel Weisblatt and Yehiel Lock.

Rachel Weisblatt and Yehiel Lock. Courtesy of Adina Weisblatt

Musical Magic at Carnegie Hall: The Powerful Lessons of Hazamir

04/07/2016 - 15:32

On a cold and nasty day in New York City last weekend, the hottest ticket in town was for a sold-out performance of Hazamir at Carnegie Hall.

Hazamir at Carnegie Hall. JW/Gerald Skolnik

Who Said Only Adults Get To Have All The Fun?

04/05/2016 - 16:27


"Exploring’s Israel’s outdoor activities and beautiful nature is always a wonderful way to spend the day."


Israel Ministry of Tourism

The Other Córdoba

04/05/2016 - 16:17
Travel Writer

One of my former professors of Spanish literature used to say he was from “the other Córdoba,” since that name evokes, for many people, a city in Andalusia, Spain.

Plaza San Martin, Cordoba.Flickr

Some Morsels Of Insight Into Jewish Life, Culture

04/05/2016 - 16:01
Staff Writer

Over the last decade, author-translator Michael Wex has become the public voice of Yiddish culture — especially for the non-Yiddish-speaking public. A native of Canada’s Alberta province and a longtime native of Toronto, he has written a series of best-selling nonfiction books (in addition to a few novels; he also does songwriting and lecturing) that explain the Jewish language and Jewish way of life in a knowing, usually humorous tone. The nonfiction list includes three books: “Born to Kvetch,” “Just Say Nu” and “How to Be a Mentsh (and Not a Shmuck)”

Wex’s newest book, due out April 12, is about food. “Rhapsody in Schmaltz” (St. Martin’s Press) looks at Jewish culture through a gastronomic lens, covering such subjects as kosher laws and halachic practices, Jewish history and the way Jews are represented in television and film. Wex recently discussed these topics with The Jewish Week. This is an edited transcript. 

Michael Wex’s new book is about “the food that people who speak Yiddish eat.”

Mother Lodes

04/05/2016 - 13:19
Special To The Jewish Week

It may be said that there are two constants in Jewish life: death and laughter. Three actually: death, laughter and tsuris. Oh, and family.

George Robinson
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