I love Words With Friends and I play everyday. I have multiple games going, currently 19, and my highest scoring word is “WANKERS” for 102 points. I know some of the people I play with because they are my friends or family. I also play with a lot of my followers on Facebook and...
Three new kids’ books, and some poetry for adults
Hipster guide to the High Holy Days
Kosher wine can taste good. Just ask the brothers of Shirah Wine Co.
11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Settle for bad kosher wine
Moving and shaking
Let soldiers and haredim swap roles
The day I met Chuck Todd
Israel believes Syria kept ‘significant’ chemical munitions
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This week all the buzz is about cellphones and brain tumors. Who would possibly link cellphones and brain tumors? The World Health Organization, that’s WHO.
This week, an agency in WHO announced that it was declaring cellphone use to be “possibly carcinogenic”, adding it to a...
March 29, 2011 | 3:16 pm
December 23, 2008 | 5:36 pmAlmost anyone who celebrates Chanukah today knows at least the rudimentary outline of its story. A righteous Judean clan in the 2nd century B.C.E. led an uprising against Greek-influenced Seleucid rulers who had desecrated the Temple and outlawed the traditional practices of Judaism....
December 18, 2008 | 3:00 amCandles burning, latkes frying, lights glowing. The holiday of Chanukah is wrapped in warm and comforting images, unless you're a firefighter. Then you recognize these seemingly innocent traditions as hazardous warnings for a December you may never want to remember.
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August 21, 2008 | 12:42 amEven for the complex Middle East it was a moment of exceptional irony. Some 180 Fatah loyalists fleeing a series of shootouts and summary executions by Hamas
on the streets of Gaza ran for the border -- banking on the mercies of the enemy they usually target.
July 23, 2008 | 3:08 am
August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pmThere is a silver lining, although not necessarily an obvious one, in the recent events surrounding Mel Gibson's diatribe against Jews. That silver lining is not Gibson's apology but the fact that he seems to have felt it necessary to apologize. It has long occurred to me that...
July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm
"Just don't take the bus."
As I left on a trip to Israel a couple months ago, this was the advice I got from everyone. Even then, a time of relative peace, the ersatz front-page pictures of terror-torn Israeli commuter buses surrounded by wounded people being moved to ambulances...
March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Until the late 1970s, very few Ethiopian Jews had ever wandered beyond the borders of their country and made it to Israel.
But in 1979, an insurgency in northern Ethiopia opened an exit route to Sudan, and thousands of Ethiopian Jews -- who called themselves Beta Israel but were...
October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm
In the days of communism's fierce grip on the Soviet Union, there lived a Chasidic Jew named Reb Mendel Futerfas. Reb Mendel repeatedly put his life at risk with his efforts to promote Jewish education behind the Iron Curtain and for some 14 years was incarcerated in prisons and...
August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm
It happens over and over again: A planned trip to Israel induces gasps of worry from friends who have never visited the country. Every suicide bombing or mortar attack on television reinforces the vision of Israel as a vast raging war zone.
Some travelers appreciate the concern;...
May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Armed with reams of notebook paper and plenty of pens, 600 yeshiva students rallied for legislation that would support American families whose loved ones have died in Israel at the hands of Palestinian terrorists.
In honor of Yom HaZikaron (the Jewish Day of Remembrance), students...
January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm
One of the best University Synagogue tours ever was our 2000 trip to Argentina and Brazil. Both countries were physically beautiful and Jewishly fascinating, and the speakers with whom we met were unforgettable.
Since that time, however, Argentina has been reduced to terrible...
August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pmThe man whom many call the conscience of Germany has announced that he has failed.
In an interview with the newsweekly Stern, Ignatz Bubis gave a somber, often pessimistic assessment of his efforts to bring Jewish and non-Jewish Germans closer and to ensure that the Holocaust is never...