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Pumpkin Gnocchi in Brown Butter Sauce
November 12, 2010 – 5:43 pm
Pumpkin Gnocchi in Brown Butter Sauce

Making pumpkin gnocchi is simple and has a big payoff. Sophisticated and delicious, pumpkin gnocchi are the perfect appetizer, main course or side dish to a fall meal. The gnocchi can be made several days ahead of serving and can also be made pareve as a terrific side dish for poultry.

Anti-Semites and the Jews Who Shared Their Beds
November 12, 2010 – 4:02 pm | 2 Comments
Anti-Semites and the Jews Who Shared Their Beds

Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt.  Stalin and his string of Jewish mistresses.  Novelist Henry Miller and the tragic June née Smerdt.  Behind every good anti-Semite seems to lay a Jewish lover.  As strange as it sounds, some of history’s most famous Jew haters have also had their pulses quickened and their knees weakened by a Jewish paramour.

Flying Aces
November 11, 2010 – 5:02 am
Flying Aces

On November 11, 1918, at 11:11 AM, the death and destruction of World War I came to an end. It was the conclusion of an immense catastrophe that left a death toll on both sides that was staggering.

The Cycle of Friends
November 10, 2010 – 4:13 pm
The Cycle of Friends

“You’re lucky if you find one true friend in an entire lifetime.” Sure sounds familiar, but does this old adage still apply? For one thing, in recent years, scientific researchers have advised us that more friends means a happier, longer life. We’ve even reached a point whereby the platforms upon which we base our social networks allow us to rack up connections as if they were frequent flyer points. Yet, in the case of friendships, does more of less equal better? And, if so, how can we come to terms when those weaker links tear us apart emotionally?

Rachel The Great Romance
November 10, 2010 – 5:02 am
Rachel The Great Romance

The story of Jacob and Rachel is as close to true romance as one finds in Biblical literature.

Ask The Yentas: The Chair Scare
November 9, 2010 – 1:28 pm
Ask The Yentas: The Chair Scare

The Chair Scare: The feeling of butterflies about going up in a chair a handful of feet above the ground while holding onto a napkin, grinning with clenched teeth through the tight corset of the wedding dress during a series of bounces and hollers from the crowd.

Fences
November 9, 2010 – 5:02 am
Fences

The Bible commands the owner of a home with a flat roof to put up a ma’akeh – a fence – around the roof, so that blood will not be on the owner’s hands (Deuteronomy 22:8). Sefer Hachinukh, an anonymously written book detailing the 613 commandments (13th century) explains the underlying principle of the command to build a ma’akeh (Commandment 546): In our lives it is imperative that we take nothing for granted as far as safety goes.

Why America’s “Chief Rabbi” Dropped His Last Name
November 8, 2010 – 6:18 pm | One Comment
Why America’s “Chief Rabbi” Dropped His Last Name

If you were to strike up a conversation with “JSLeibowitz,” age 47, while cruising through JDate, you might not realize you were talking to one of the most famous Jewish men in the country.  Of course, the chances that Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz would be looking for a date are slim, because he’s happily married with two kids, but that’s beside the point.  The real question is, why did the man better known as Jon Stewart, who commands some of the highest ratings on television and drew 215,000 people to last weekend’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington, DC, lose the Leibowitz?

Silent One Day Sale, Holy One Day Sale
November 8, 2010 – 11:00 am
Silent One Day Sale, Holy One Day Sale

I imagine it’s much more difficult to be a Jew on Christmas than it is to be a Christian on Hanukah. You don’t find many Hanukah specials about families getting stranded in an airport learning the true meaning of the menorah.

The Memorial Prayer
November 8, 2010 – 4:06 am
The Memorial Prayer

According to Jewish belief, when people pass away, they move on to sojourn in the “next world,” to hopefully enjoy the spiritual rewards they have earned from their good acts in “this world.”

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