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Gaza – You Won’t Recognize the Old Place…

6 Nisan 5772 – March 29, 2012
What do you think of when you hear the name "Gaza?" Gut wrenching misery of a devastated people under siege. Not if you judge by this music video, shot against images of the thriving, beautiful, totally modern city of Gaza, with thousands of folks gathering in a stadium for a celebration, and the obligatory images of armed Hamsniks in training. Everyone looks well fed and quite happy.

Crossword Puzzle – Bad Puns

9 Adar 5772 – March 2, 2012

Q & A: Tu B’Shevat: The Hidden, The Revealed

10 Shevat 5772 – February 2, 2012
Question: Why is Tu B’Shevat, known as the New Year for Trees, in the middle of the month and not at the beginning of the month – like all other New Years? Pesach Bernstein (Via E-Mail)

Qalqilya Girl Freed From Bathroom Prison

28 Tevet 5772 – January 23, 2012
Man locked daughter in bathroom for nine years because she wanted to go to school. "She hasn't seen sunlight since," he told police.

Evacuation of Mitzpe Avichai – Beyond the Pale

18 Tevet 5772 – January 13, 2012
"They arrived in the middle of the night. It was brutal. I woke up after they broke down the door and were already in the living room."

Crossword Puzzle – Rashi & Family

12 Tevet 5772 – January 6, 2012

Chanukah Cooking: Persian Surprise – Sohan

29 Kislev 5772 – December 24, 2011
This isn't a nuclear silo, but a Persian surprise coming to you for Chanukah.


28 Kislev 5772 – December 23, 2011
Cooking according to Chanukah tradition doesn’t have to be boring! Though it’s unlikely that any Maccabee ever saw a potato, latkes are traditionally made with potatoes and that particular “traditional” dish is based on a South American tuber that didn’t cross the Atlantic until the sixteenth century.

Bring Back The Jewish Beatniks

23 Tevet 5771 – December 30, 2010
When I entered college, many of my classmates viewed me as an anomaly. I was a (mostly) observant Jew, and I was firmly entrenched in the school's creative arts community. As my religious friends prepared for careers in law or accounting, they were continuously astonished by my immersion in English literature - a course of study they considered a thoroughly impractical and esoteric subject.


15 Tevet 5771 – December 22, 2010
The most important element of your eye makeup is mascara. I've mentioned in a previous column that mascara is one of the most crucial steps in your basic daily makeup wear. Mascara, even without any eye shadow, creates definition.

Christiane Amanpour: ABC’s Big Mistake

20 Tishri 5771 – September 28, 2010
ABC News decided to put the overtly biased and under-informed Christiane Amanpour in the host chair for "This Week." The result is a weekly display of journalistic malpractice. This past Sunday was no different. Questioning David Axelrod, Amanpour assumed the blame for the blow-up of the peace talks will lie in Israel's hands:

Lindsay Revisionism

28 Iyyar 5770 – May 12, 2010
A new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, a new book and a new documentary (which aired in New York on May 6) comprise a joint project with the apparent aim of refurbishing the tarnished reputation of John Vliet Lindsay, who presided over the rapid (and at the time seemingly irreparable) decline of New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Building And Dedication Of The Newport Touro Synagogue

17 Adar 5770 – March 3, 2010
The January installment of Glimpses Into American Jewish History discussed the early Jewish settlement of Newport, Rhode Island.Even as the Newport Jewish community developed, its numbers were always small, especially compared to Jewish communities today. Indeed, despite growth during the middle part of the 18th century, there were probably never more than 100 Jews residing in Newport.

A Kosher Pantry Expands In Brooklyn

3 Adar 5770 – February 17, 2010
A troubling number of Jews, until recently firmly entrenched in the middle-class of the region's socio-economy, currently find it extremely difficult to simply put food on their tables.

A Kosher Pantry Expands In Brooklyn

A troubling number of Jews, until recently firmly entrenched in the middle-class of the region's socio-economy, currently find it extremely difficult to simply put food on their tables.

Will You Dream With Me?

22 Adar 5769 – March 18, 2009
One very cold, very dark evening in the middle of a particularly brutal Canadian winter, four cars were parked outside a home on a deserted side street of our Thornhill neighborhood.

Title: In The Spirit of the Maggid

25 Tevet 5769 – January 21, 2009
In the days of old, villagers in the shtetls of Europe would eagerly anticipate the arrival of the maggid, whose travels took him from town to town as he attempted to inspire the hearts and raise the spirits of the many people who came to listen to him.

Meeting God At A Garden Party

14 Heshvan 5769 – November 12, 2008
The scene: Harvard University, April 25, 1977. I am standing at a turning point - not one that will be written up in even one academic journal, but one I can almost see while still feeling dizzy from all the turning.

Ave. J, Brooklyn

19 Av 5768 – August 20, 2008
Question: Whom would you rather see as first lady - Cindy McCain or Michelle Obama?

Media Double Standards

19 Nisan 5768 – April 23, 2008
Reminders of the mainstream media’s egregious political double standard vis-à-vis liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, come on an almost daily basis – the latest being last week’s New York magazine, the cover of which features a head shot of John McCain smack in the middle of a concentric-ringed bulls-eye board accompanied by this charming teaser copy: “Target: Bush-Backing, Surge-Loving, Economically Clueless Geezer.”

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