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On the Jewish food scene: Judaism and pomegranates

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

My first introduction to pomegranates was through my father. He never used that name, though: at the time, it was called a “Chinese apple.” He let me taste it and I loved the seeds’ sweet and sour taste. In fact, I still love that taste and eat the fruit the s…

Team Israel: Requiem for a quixotic Olympic quest

By Bill Simons

Team Israel’s improbable and gritty Olympic run for a baseball medal ended with a heart-wrenching loss on August 3 in Yokohama, Japan. In this elimination game, the Dominican Republic, a nation that has produced many major league stars, rallied in the bottom of the ninth …

Jewish Online Resources 8/27/2021

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 
The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold the virtual program “Atonement: An …

Teens, in the present day and times past

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Contemporary America 
What does that word mean? What are those initials for? And that game, how do you play it? Those were some of my thoughts when reading two recent novels that take place in contemporary America. Fortunately, an internet search answered my quest…

Jewish sages and Jewish wisdom

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Jewish sages
When people discuss the Talmud, they usually speak about its legal (halachic) aspects. However, its pages are also filled with aggadic material – stories about the ancient rabbis that were used to teach lessons or illustrate a point. In “The Snake a…