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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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mbrodsky For a moment it looked like the Dodgers’ hotshot prospect would be a hero in his first major league at-bat, but it wasn’t to be. ... [Link]

In lame-duck period, Obama administration retreats from peace endeavors

Ron Kampeas With the world in turmoil, President Obama’s last thousand days in office are not likely to be focused on Israeli-Palestinian peace. ... [Link]

Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

Ben Sales Israel has drawn international criticism after seizing nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land, but some experts say the move is relatively insignificant. ... [Link]

Memorial to Nazi ‘euthanasia’ victims dedicated in Berlin

Julie Wiener Germany dedicated a memorial in Berlin to the more than 200,000 people with physical and mental disabilities who were murdered by the Nazis. ... [Link]

Manhattan’s Ramaz school clarifies advice on concealing kippahs

Uriel Heilman The principal of an Orthodox day school in New York who suggested that students might want to conceal signs of their Jewishness while walking around the neighborhood disagrees — with himself. ... [Link]

Why the U.S. and Israel are not getting along

Uriel Heilman The Obama administration and the Israeli government are looking at the same war but seeing things much differently. ... [Link]

Stan Goldberg, superhero of comic-book illustration, dies at 82

Julie Wiener Comic-book artist Stan Goldberg, the color designer for Marvel Comics’ classic superheroes, has died. ... [Link]

Polish city marks first rabbinic ordination since World War II

Julie Wiener The Polish city of Wroclaw had its first rabbinic ordination since before World War II in its only synagogue to survive the Holocaust. ... [Link]

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