Holidays

Hint for a King

August 26, 2010, by

Here in the Old City of Jerusalem and probably in your own neighborhood, classes for the coming holidays are popping up everywhere. As the intensity of Elul is building, the talk of the town is tshuva, repentance. We Jews spend an entire month working on ourselves, fixing bad habits and making amends with those whom […]

Outside the Proverbial Recipe Box for the High Holidays

August 26, 2010, by

One of the toughest tasks during the High Holidays is to come up with meals that aren’t the same old same old gefilte fish appetizer and brisket and roast chicken entrees. While tradition has its place sometimes you just need to think outside the proverbial recipe box and re-imagine what you might like to serve […]

Recipes with Apples

August 25, 2010, by

When it comes to healthy eating I’m first in line to utilize all the fresh fruits and vegetables suggested by the USDA food pyramid. Most of us get our suggested daily recommended dose of fat and empty calories way before the lunch bell rings, so grabbing an apple as a snack or using in a […]

Recipes with Pomegranates

August 25, 2010, by

Let me get this out of the way before I go any further with this column: pomegranates while delicious, good for you in so many ways and truly a wonderful addition to any dish they can be a PAIN to peel. Ok, not really technically difficult, mind you, just a pain or should I say, […]

On Jewish Optimism – Pre Selichot Reflections

August 22, 2010, by

There are those who view Jewish way of life as confining, a pessimistic mode of life, filled with restrictions and a life long agenda of obligations and repetitive serious occasions; praying three times a day with some Tehilim to add. There is Yom Kippur preceded eight days earlier by Tzom Gedaliah, fasting on Tisha B’Av […]

Facts and Figures about the New Year

August 11, 2010, by

Facts and Figures about the New Year AT A GLANCE • 5771 has 385 days, including 55 Shabbatot, the longest possible year in the Jewish calendar. Calendar • 5771 is a 13-month year, known as a Jewish “leap year” (shanah me’uberet), in which the month of Adar is doubled (intercalated). • The Jewish calendar works […]

From the Desk of RABBI STEVEN WEIL, Executive Vice President

August 11, 2010, by

Have you ever wondered why Avraham was the first patriarch of the Jewish people? Probably not; the reason is so obvious. We have grown up hearing the stories of the young boy Avram, who questioned the irrational idolatry of his time. We have followed him on his journey of discovery; how he investigated nature, science, […]

ROSH HASHANAH THOUGHTS: Absent Neighborhoods, Absent Tears

August 11, 2010, by

In my childhood, a half-century ago in Buffalo’s North Park neighborhood that served as a passage point between the East Side of Eastern European immigrants (mostly Orthodox) and the Amherst- Williamsville suburbs of the upwardly mobile (mostly Reform and Conservative children of the émigré generation), the Jews who chose to join a synagogue had a […]

Sweet Potato Recipes

December 30, 2009, by

How many of us have stood in the canned vegetable aisle of the grocery store and asked ourselves the question “is a sweet potato the same thing as a yam and, if so, which one do I want?” Not a question to keep you up at night or define the boundaries of which team should […]