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King David’s feast

Dear Tzviling,

I was recently invited to a friend’s house for a Saturday night meal, known as melava malka (literally accompany the queen). During the meal, my friend referred to it as the feast of King David. What is the connection between this meal and King David?

Burt, Toronto

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 February 2010 08:52 )

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View from Central Park

Tu b’Shevat on Shabbat Shira

WHAT a joy to welcome the Shabbos bride and Tu b’Shevat together. There really is something wonderful about the conflation of these two beloved traditions under the cover of this full moon. And it is not just any Shabbos this week. It is Shabbat Shira — the Shabbat of song or praise, when we read about the miraculous and dramatic miracle of the splitting of the Red Sea. Hence, “shirat ha-yam” the Song of the Sea. So it is that another custom has taken hold for this particular Shabbos....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 March 2010 13:13 )

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Books

Israeli, and Israel, coming of age

ISRAELI writer Haim Sabato’s newest novel, From the Four Winds creates a multi-textured story of survival and renewal based on families carried to Israel from the proverbial four corners of the earth by the force of hope. It is a story told slowly, rich in the development of the protagonist and a more subtle development of the narrator, a child. While it is a family story of survival it also a coming-of-age book for Sabato himself and for the State of Israel, both “growing up” in the late...

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 February 2010 08:39 )

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View From Denver

There are no looters in Haiti

Have you noticed the reference to looters in Haiti? One news magazine pictured police trying to stop the looting, which, the magazine said, was blessedly under control. The Denver Post ran a picture showing a Uruguayan soldier with the UN firing in the air to stop the looters from taking aid supplies at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince. Looters? The dead bodies are all around. Tens of thousands are buried in mass graves.

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 February 2010 08:40 )

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Jewish on Earth

Why there are more e coli outbreaks

“MY kid thinks milk comes from the dairy case.” It’s parents’ perennial lament. But truth is, most Americans think their survival depends on grocery stores. Tu b’Shevat and Passover are good times to look past the stores, to where our food and drink really come from, so we can appreciate: • how far we’ve advanced in the past century, • how much we’ve separated ourselves from nature, and • how much we need to re-connect with it. ...
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