Sara Liss


A Florida Psychologist Asks: Kabbalah With Your Sushi?

By Sara Liss

A new beachfront restaurant in this South Florida city is billing itself as the country’s first kabbalistic restaurant.Read More


Mezuza Comes Between Florida Woman and Her Condo Association

By Sara Liss

The Florida attorney general is investigating a condo association’s efforts to block one resident from affixing a mezuza to her front doorpost.Read More


Rabbis Facing Off Over Neighborhood Park in Florida

By Sara Liss

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Conservative and Hasidic rabbis often disagree over religious matters, but in this South Florida town they’re even butting heads over what to name a neighborhood park.At issue is the campaign by some local residents to name the park after city commissioner and former mayor Sal Oliveri, who has played the lead role in attemptsRead More


Hurricane Wreaks Havoc Across Florida on Yom Kippur

By Sara Liss

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — God’s fury bore down on the hurricane coast of South Florida last weekend with uncanny timing. Hurricane Jeanne arrived with its 100-mile-per-hour winds just as Jewish worshippers in the region were reaching the climax of the prayers marking the Day of Judgment, Yom Kippur.For Jewish worshippers, the intersectionRead More


Columnist Puts Kosher Cooking on the Front Burner

By Sara Liss

When Lisa Huriash decided at age 6 that she wanted to become a journalist, she never dreamed that she’d be reporting about cherry kugel.Nonetheless, Huriash’s “Kosher Connection” column, a regular feature in the Food section of South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, is now a local favorite and is frequently picked up by other newspapers throughRead More






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