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‘P is for Palestine’ and ‘I’ is for . . . 

This week in my neighborhood on the Upper West Side there was a bit of a brouhaha. A new “children’s” book has been published by someone named Golbarg Bashi,...

The origin of strife

Historically, it is in this week’s Torah portion of Toldot that is the Genesis of so much of the conflict in the world. After 20 years of childlessness, Rebecca has...

A different New York Marathon

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, when people jogged or ran, it was mostly for the utilitarian purpose of staying fit; running was exercise. In the last number of years I...

A day of mourning

Every year, as the yahrzeit of Yitzhak Rabin rolls around, subconsciously I feel some level of discomfort and tension. Like every other Israeli, and many Jews the world...

The library

Phew. I’m glad to know the beloved library has not been sworn off. For me, the library has always held a soft spot in my heart. Books and a love of reading have been...

The Torah reads you

After the jokes of “Bereshit” sermons fade away — “And G-d uttered, zul zayn azoy, and it was so,” or “And G-d created the heavens and the earth and all the...

Etrogettes, etrog oils . . . etrocharacters

You know the scene from the movie “Back To The Future” where the lady is holding a can with a rattling coin, calling: “Save the clock tower! Save the clock...

Sukkot fragrance, charm — and dignity

Part of the charm of Sukkot is the shuk arba minim, the chaos of the lulav and etrog market. The narrow window of time for this ad hoc religio-enterprenuerial market is...

Ultimately, no escape

These days of awe are such an interweaving of both pragmatic and spiritual preparation. As I weave and braid another challah, as I drench a rosette challah wreath with...

9/11 merges into Rosh Hashanah

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5778 SECTION D PAGE 19 This probably won’t be true for the next generation, and perhaps it’s only the case for New Yorkers or many of us who...