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Tourists Trek to Tuscany To Shop, Chop and Bake

By Max Gross

Yes, the pumpkin ravioli is delicious; yes, the veal scaloppini is succulent, and yes, the tiramisu is divine — but are they kosher?No one who takes a vacation with La Cucina Kasher in Toscana (Kosher Cooking in Tuscany) ever need worry about that.Cucina Kasher is a weeklong “cooking holiday.” For the uninitiated, cookingRead More


Beyond the Pale: One Reporter’s Journey to Iraq

By Rukhl Schaechter

Jacqueline Gold, a senior reporter for Crain’s New York Business, spends most Saturdays at the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale in the Bronx, scurrying after her daughters or reading Torah.This spring, however, found her in Iraq, where Crain’s had sent her to cover the reconstruction efforts, particularly the participation ofRead More


More Than Lip Service

By Brian Mono

For decades, most of the praying associated with Hadassah took place among patients and their families in hospital rooms in Jerusalem. The organization, America’s largest Jewish women’s organization, was better known for its Israeli medical center, women’s activism and Zionist advocacy than for spiritual growth.But that could all change withRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL June 27, 2003

Stanley Siegelman’s recent piece on Senator Joseph Lieberman as president drew plaudits from many readers. We so notified the author. And, in return, he has offered us another poem. This time it is Senator Hillary Clinton’s memoirs — “Living History” (Simon & Schuster). The English version is by Gus Tyler Hillary’s BukhRead More


Reading the Fine Print of Parental Authority

By Wendy Belzberg

The sleep-away camp where we send our sons offers optional Friday-night Sabbath services. The camp director has asked me to let him know in advance if I would like my sons to attend. If I say yes, he will remove the word “optional” from my children’s schedule. I am torn about whether I should “force” them to go or allow them to chooseRead More


A Blue Tallit as a Red Herring

By Peretz Rodman

Ever since Sinai, Moses has been promulgating laws. A midrash informs us that Korah, the rebel leader from next week’s Torah portion, has a plan: If even just a few of those regulations, whose intricate details are assumed to be weighted with significance, can be made to appear capricious and nonsensical, the people may begin to suspect thatRead More


Keeping Score In Babyville

By Marjorie Ingall

We Jews are a competitive people. We are high achievers. We have major expectations for our children. And we’re invariably convinced that every one of our kids is spectacular, brilliant, extraordinary. As my father, a psychiatrist, likes to say, “Jewish children are all either gifted or ‘special needs.’ There are no averageRead More


Giving Gifts That Keep on Giving

By Adam Marcus

Like many people, Sarah Wildman and Ian Halpern thought the process of getting married was a form of corporate genuflection. The notion of all that spending and accumulating — the typical wedding now runs upward of $22,000, according to bridal-magazine publisher Condé Nast — made them both a bit queasy. But, they wondered, what ifRead More


Where They Wed: Catering Hall, City Hall and Synagogue

Some people are lucky enough to get married at the governor’s mansion, but the rest of us, wedding planner in tow, trudge from one catering hall, hotel ballroom or synagogue to another — and then another — in search of the perfect setting for our nuptials. Blessed with a multitude of possibilities and a plethora of willing caterers, weRead More


How Far for Distant Relative?

By Wendy Belzberg

A distant relative (the mother of my wife’s elderly uncle) — whom I have never met — recently died. My wife informs me that unless I travel to pay a shiva call, I will henceforth be looked at askance by her extended family. I have a very taxing job and have limited free time for my children and myself. Furthermore, I have no relationshipRead More





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