First Person

Jews, Muslims And A Hamsa

02/09/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I wear a necklace with a hand-shaped charm that’s called a hamsa as a point of Jewish pride. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris in January, I was asked at a gathering in Manhattan if I wore it because I was Muslim. 

Diane Cole

How Green Was My Wadi

01/26/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

We will soon be celebrating Tu b’Shvat, the day that marks the new year for trees, and while it is cold and grim in New York, the plant world is awakening in Israel and the agricultural year is coming to life. Think of it as the beginning of the magic that leads to the harvest festival of Sukkot.

Sura Jeselsohn

College Football: The Great Escape

01/12/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Birmingham, Ala. — On Thanksgiving at my son’s house, I found myself at the end of a long dinner table, some in-town family members on my left. They were chatting about college football, especially the Alabama-Auburn game that would be played two nights later.

Richard Friedman

A Banjo’s Soul

12/14/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Halloween was the furthest thing from my mind when I scheduled an appointment with the banjo repair guy for Oct. 31. As usual in our observant Jewish neighborhood, there was not a pumpkin or goblin in sight when the day arrived. No costumed revelers rang our bell in search of treats. But of course, I knew. 

Merri Ukraincik

A Banjo’s Soul

12/10/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Halloween was the furthest thing from my mind when I scheduled an appointment with the banjo repair guy for Oct. 31. As usual in our observant Jewish neighborhood, there was not a pumpkin or goblin in sight when the day arrived. No costumed revelers rang our bell in search of treats. But of course, I knew. 

Merri Ukraincik

Yom Kippur In The Big House

11/17/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘For the sin which we have committed before You under duress or willingly. And for the sin which we have committed before You by hard-heartedness.”

Akiva Lichtenberg

The Spirit Of Shabbat

10/27/2014 - 20:00

With a borscht-curdling geshrei, Halloween this year falls on Shabbat. On Friday night, trick-or-treaters, even Jewish ones, will be knocking.

A dark and spooky night. Via wikpedia.org

Why I Am Going To Germany

10/13/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When I accepted the invitation to spend 10 weeks in Germany this fall, it was with a sense of joyful anticipation. As the summer of Gaza unfolded, the resurgence of anti-Semitism across Europe tempered my joy but never weakened my resolve.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs

Rosh HaShanah In East Germany

09/15/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Leipzig was a flourishing German city before World War II. In 1964, as part of communist East Germany, it was a desolate place, bomb damage still not repaired, store shelves bare and streets dimly lit. It was not a tourist destination.

Myron Kandel

Lower East Side Family History, Knish Included

08/18/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The first I’d ever heard of 137 E. Houston St., on the Lower East Side, was when I went to the Ellis Island website recently to search for information about my grandparents coming to America. It was the address listed for Sam Bloomfield, the first name on the manifest of the SS New York when it arrived at Ellis Island on Oct. 14, 1906, from Southampton, England. 

Douglas M. Bloomfield
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