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On the Jewish food scene: The good cookie by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Confession time: I can live without hamantashen. Yes, I tend to scarf down as many of them on Purim as anyone else, but they are far from my favorite cookie. One problem is that there is usually too much dough and too little filling for my taste. I do prefer those with fruit fillings, rather…

November 1, 2019 - Broken Promises and Lost Lives

Broken Promises and Lost Lives

I meant what I said and I said what I meant and an elephant is faithful 100 percent. Those words from Horton Hatches an Egg by Dr. Seuss greatly influenced my life. A promise ñ an oath ñ should not be broken; one is word has to mean something. I find it inte…

October 25, 2019 - Antisemitismin Part Two

Antisemitism In Part Two

One of the reasons I experienced some antisemitism in high school was because I was very publicly Jewish. No, I didn’t wear a Star of David or a kippah, but I never hid my religion. In fact, I had an English teacher ask me to take her college-prep writing class b…

October 18, 2019 - Antisemitism in Part 1

Antisemitism in Part 1

I wish I had a crystal ball. I That thought occurred to me when I was reading how to Fight Anti-Semitism by Bari Weiss. In fact, that’s not the first time that I wished for one. During the last few months, many people have been questioning whether the current rise i…

October 11, 2019 - Personal Venting

Personal Venting

Writer’s note: Having a bad week? Then maybe you should skip this column. After all, do you really need to have me kvetch about my problems when you’re having problems of your own? Or, maybe my kvetching will make you laugh or feel better about what is happening in your…