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  • Scenes from 50 years of marriage

    By Tom Tugend

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    An acquaintance of mine, the late screenwriter Michael Blankfort, wrote a book with my favorite title, "I Didn't Know I Would Live So Long."
     
    If I were to write a sequel, it would be, "I Didn't Know I Would Be Married for 50 Years, and to the Same Woman."
     
    Well, Rachel and I are...
  • Finding their way home to Judaism: three same-sex couples share their conversion stories

    By Nick Street

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "My parents were old hippies," said Felicia Park-Rogers, who grew up in the Bay Area. "They were very suspicious of organized religion and anything else smacking of authority."
     
    When Park-Rogers, 35, met Rachel Timoner, her partner-to-be, in San Francisco in the early 1990s, she was...
  • Water and pumpkins mark eco-friendly Sukkot

    By Jane Ulman

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    During Sukkot, families of Kesher Israel, a Modern Orthodox congregation in Washington, D.C., will gather together for a special celebration. Socializing in the synagogue's sukkah, they will be treated to a tantalizing array of chocolate cakes and candies, accompanied by delicious...
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  • A healthy hut—lighter side of Sukkot cooking

    By Rachel Kantrowitz

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As you look forward to Sukkot, you may have a few lingering thoughts from the reflection and retrospection of the High Holidays. Perhaps you promised to treat your body to more healthful, nutritious food. Or maybe your new goal is to take time out to observe Jewish holidays, or to...
  • Macrobiotic principles fit Sukkot meals

    By Annabelle Stevens

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Lee Gross, 31, and Ben Newman grew up together in New York. Both loved Hebrew school and dreamed of going to rabbinical school. Twenty years later, their spiritual journeys took them on different professional paths. Newman is a rabbi. Gross is executive chef of M Café de Chaya on...
  • The Book of Jonah: when doves call

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's time for Jonah again. I cherish this prophet, whose Hebrew name, "Yonah" means "dove," the bird of peace. I consider him a member of the family.

    Shortly after the deaths of my mother and sister in 1971, the rabbi of New Orleans' synagogue, Shir Chadash, gave my dad, Mike Brener...

  • Rosh Hashanah wines: it’s a fine time to pour some fruit of the vines

    By J.D. Smith

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Do you know that song, "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," by the Temptations? I probably heard that song about a million times before I ever stopped and paid attention to the words. Turns out, it's a lament about a guy who never even talks to the girl of his dreams. Who...

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