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  • Cooking lessons

    By Gina Nahai

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Pour three cups of rice into a bowl. Fill the bowl with cold water. Stir the rice in the water, making sure you don't crush the grains, then throw out the water. Repeat five times.

    I'm 9 years old -- in my mother's kitchen on the second floor of our house in Tehran. It's...
  • On Second Thought

    By Joshua Metzger

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This week, I will sit on my porch, gaze at the pergola and see in its place a bamboo mat. I will remind myself of the biblical commandment, "in a sukkah you shall sit seven days." And I will then, as I work my way through the interminable "three day yom tov" look up at the Southern...
  • Christmas in Sukkot?

    By Rabbi Stephen Julius Stein

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last year we moved into a home large enough to build the sukkah we've been dreaming of for a long time. My partner, Stephen Ariel, designed a sturdy, easy-to-assemble structure, and with the abundant bamboo in our backyard we could harvest homegrown skakh (branches used for...
  • B’nai Mitzvah: War, politics, bonds enliven a basement rite-of-passage

    By Yehuda Lev

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This is a report on a bar mitzvah, although you may not recognize it as such.

    Among the elements common to today's celebrations, it did not include: a bird molded from chopped chicken liver, a "theme" (no Darth Vader masks or Titanic imagery) or a waterfall of liquid chocolate for...