Jewish Journal

Howard Nemetz

  • Family Time

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    I recently returned from Florida, where I spent the Kwanzaa break (I've coined a new name for the winter break that I hope will sweep the nation) with my parents. Actually, they used to be my parents. Now they're my son's grandparents. I was once my mother's middle child, her...

  • You Are What You Eat

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    I am a vegetarian. I know there was a big controversy brewing over kosher meat, but I'm not sure what the Jewish position

    on vegetarianism is. I suppose as long as the vegetables are pulled from the ground in a quick and humane manner, no one can object too strenuously to it. I...

  • Flee to Be Me

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    What is a friend? When I was a kid, the requirements were none too stringent. Is he in my class? Can I ride my bicycle to his house? Do his parents have any insane "not too much candy before dinner" rules?

    As I got older, other factors became more important. Do we root for the same...

  • Shiva Guy

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I am the Shiva Guy. When a member of my temple's congregation loses a family member, it is my job to take prayer books to the

    house of mourning, where at least 10 people of bar/bat mitzvah age or above pray twice daily. And eat -- mostly bagels, lox and cream cheese and fruit, but...

  • Home for the Holidays

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My son attends Hebrew day school. At least, I think he attends it. It's October and he hasn't been there for a full five-day week yet.

    The school year begins, as it always does, the week of Labor Day -- three or four days, depending on the school. I get that. A short week helps...