Special Holiday Issues

Honeyed Glasses

Four decadent dessert wines for the New Year.

Special To The Jewish Week
09/16/2014

One of the most venerable culinary customs in Judaism is eating sweet foods on Rosh HaShanah, particularly ones flavored with honey: honey on challah, honey on apples and even honey cake. Adding a few sips (or glasses) of a honey-like dessert wine can make a wonderful supplement to the holiday meal.

The new crop of sweet kosher wines are a fitting accompaniment to holiday meals.

Tzimmes That’s Worth A Fuss

Give the saccharine side its due and turn it into a cake.

Special To The Jewish Week
09/16/2014

This is the next installment of our new series “The Remix,” in which we gently tweak the more challenging dishes in the Jewish culinary canon. With a little bit of love, we’re convinced we can make even these dishes delicious, even the ones that seem bizarre to the modern palate.

Let them eat … tzimmes, but as a cake, with carrots, sweet potatoes and booze-soaked raisins. Amy Kritzer/JW

‘A Box Of Calm In Urban Chaos’

With Rosh HaShanah around the corner, Jewish urban beekeepers are all abuzz.

Staff Writer
09/16/2014

Standing on a grassy rooftop overlooking the East River, beekeeper Liane Newton, decked out in a full bee suit, mask and yellow rubber gloves, carefully pried open one of her hives.

Jewish beekeeper Liane Newton monitors several hives located in Parks Department building on Randall’s Island. Hannah Dreyfus

A Sweet New Year, A Sweet Main Course

Dress a roaster with apples and honey for an easy meal.

Special To The Jewish Week
09/10/2014

The Days of Awe are aptly named. Beginning with the blast of the shofar, the 10-day period between Rosh HaShanah through Yom Kippur is our opportunity to contemplate our lives and our relationships with our creator. It is a solemn time.

Holiday comfort food: Roasted chicken with apples and honey brings a sweet taste to a yom tov meal. Ronnie Fein/JW

Starting The Season Off — With Flavor

A quintet of new wines for the New Year.

Special To The Jewish Week
09/10/2014

On Wednesday, Aug. 22, in synagogues around the world, the first of the pre-Rosh HaShanah shofar blasts were blown, to note the beginning of the month of Elul. For the kosher wine industry, those shofar blasts were like a starters’ pistol, marking the beginning of an annual race to bring the new crop of kosher wines to the market.  During the next month (and during the month before Passover) more kosher wine will be sold than at any times during the year. 

A variety of new wines, and new vintages, add joy to the Jewish New Year.

The Sweetest Of Gifts

Jams for coexistence, fair-trade yads and freedom napkins.

Culture Editor
09/10/2014

Few things make us as conscious of time passing as the approach of the New Year. “So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom,” the psalmist writes. A wall clock by Israeli designer Barbara Shaw, who makes gift items out of hand-designed fabrics, features her striking pomegranates in deep reds. The clock, assembled by hand, is printed laminate on wood composite, and works by battery. (You’ll also find a vase, a tote bag, place mats, cushions and more in the same pattern.)

Cotton napkins from India, and a pomegranate-themed clock, add an eclectic touch to a home and table for the Jewish New Year.

Rosh HaShanah 5775: Taste of the New Year

Cool Gifts, New Wines, Comfort Food For Rosh HaShanah.

09/09/2014
Taste of the New Year: Rosh HaShanah 5775

Next Year In …

From Kiev to rural Maine, the seder has a distinct flavor in scattered corners of the world. Three of our readers contribute their stories.

Special To The Jewish Week
04/09/2014

How The Jews Of Kiev Got Their Matzah In time For Passover ...

Since the early 1960s I was involved in the struggle to obtain for Soviet Jews the right to emigrate and the right to practice their religion. In 1991 I was serving as the head of Operation Lifeline, an independently funded outreach program created by the National Council on Soviet Jewry to support Jewish life in the USSR and former Soviet Union.                     

For Helen Brook, obtaining her family’s supply of matzah in the FSU wasn’t an easy matter.

Eight Is Enough (Dayenu!)

New kosher wines for the Passover season.

Special To The Jewish Week
04/09/2014

For the kosher wine industry, the lead-up to Passover is what the run-up to New Year’s Eve is for the sparkling wine industry — a time of big sales and bigger hype. Not surprisingly, this is also the time of year when the greatest number of new kosher wines hit the market. 

Carmel’s 2013 Selected Cabernet Sauvignon

An Old Tale Told Anew

Part 2 of our roundup of new Haggadot.

Staff Writer
04/09/2014

This is the second of a two-part roundup of new Haggadot and Haggadot companions (some appeared too late last year for general distribution).

One of this year’s new, and eclectic, Passover volumes.
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