Requiem for a Headline

If it was possible to make last week’s kidnapping and grisly murder of Menachem Stark, a New York real estate developer, landlord and Satmar chasid, any worse, the New York Post managed to do it. On the front page of its Sunday edition, beside a large photo of Stark — which featured him with a… Read More

Returning Home

When I was a little girl, I remember my mother gently telling me that there is a G-d and He loves us. She would say that her mother told her the same thing. This simple knowing formed the foundation of what I believed about the world, filling me with an innate sense of security. In… Read More

An Outrage That Is Not Academic

The American Studies Association, a scholarly group supposedly dedicated to the study of American culture and history, recently voted to boycott Israeli institutions. On one level, it is tempting to ignore its decision. The ASA is a small, marginal organization whose impact on academic affairs, much less American foreign policy, is negligible. Moreover, it is… Read More

Not Shocked At Separate Section

Just a few days ago I was present at the funeral of a friend of more than 70 years. We grew up together, and both served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was buried in a veterans’ cemetery in South Florida in the next available gravesite. I somewhat lamented the fact… Read More

A Homecoming

I grew up Jewish. Simply Jewish. My late father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, raised us in an observant Orthodox household. Our lives were filled with beautiful ritual, and we celebrated the wonder of a familial spiritual connection. That said, we also danced along the fine line of progressive Judaism. My father’s Torah was an expression of… Read More

A Responsibility To One Another

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Home, as the popular expression goes, is where the heart is. Another one has it as where you hang your hat. Beyond the address where you live, home is where both your mind and your heart dwell. It can be a physical location — a house is the first thing that comes to mind —… Read More

Mixed Reactions To U.S. Snooping

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When American-born Ron Dermer was appointed Israel’s top diplomat to the United States, it was widely seen as a move by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to place his most trusted confidante in the capital city most capable of influencing the Jewish state’s No. 1 existential threat. Accounts at the time claimed that Dermer, who grew… Read More

Finding Flavor

I loved the Dec. 20 issue of the JT. After reading Eli Schlossberg’s article, “Jewish Food: What’s the Next Big Thing?” I was reminded of an interesting cookbook, “The World of Jewish Cooking” by Gil Marks. The author uses pictures and the history of each food to give “flavor” to our ancestors’ dishes. Lynne Selznick… Read More

Not A Joking Matter

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Something quite astounding happened at a recent gig with Humanoise, the Baltimore-based band in which I play lead guitar. We were at Frazier’s on the Avenue in Hampden, set to go on a little after 11 p.m. When a group of people in green shirts on a pub crawl asked us if they could sing… Read More