Sara Rubin


Dancing at a Wedding — on Yom Kippur

By Sara Rubin

Dancing at a Wedding — on Yom Kippur
I was sipping Champagne and presiding over witness signatures on a marriage license under the shade of a redwood tree as the sun started dropping over the ocean below the Santa Cruz Mountains.Read More


Talking Kosher Pork With Iconic Foodie Michael Pollan

By Sara Rubin

Talking Kosher Pork With Iconic Foodie Michael Pollan
Food journalist Michael Pollan chats about his new book and why the other white meat’s forbidden status should be reconsidered. Hear him out.Read More


Why Pop the Question At All?

By Sara Rubin

Why Pop the Question At All?
Forget about the exorbitant price tags that come with many weddings these days. Try $45,000 for a marriage proposal.Read More


A Rural Pesach

By Sara Rubin

I was always vaguely aware that Passover was in some way an agricultural festival, but never realized that celebrating food could include consuming meat that came from animals I had known face to face. That was until last spring, when I spent Passover in Alamosa, Colo., a town situated in a high-altitude desert and populated by almost twice as many cattle as people. Spring is the windy season here, with gusts strong enough to pelt dust, sand and fertilizer (manure odor is part of this agricultural landscape in springtime) painfully at bare legs. Unlike spring in most places I have been, there is no greenery in Alamosa, where the rainfall rarely reaches more than 6 inches in a year.Read More


Blazing New Trails, Musically

By Sara Rubin

It’s not unusual to find overflow congregants watching High Holy Day services on a television in a synagogue classroom, but hearing songs from a recording rather than from a live cantor is still out of the ordinary. Perhaps for some it seems impersonal, nontraditional or risky.Read More



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