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Exploring mysticism through poetry

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Martin Bidney claims that he retooled, rather than retired, when he became professor emeritus of English and comparative literature at Binghamton University. After years of teaching literature, he decided to write his own, particularly poetry. His inspiration comes …

Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing –part 33

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering online resources – educational and recreational – for those who are not allowed out of the house. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

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On the silver screen: The cinematic lives of Kirk Douglas, Part II: Was...

On the silver screen: The cinematic lives of Kirk Douglas, Part II: Was Spartacus Jewish?

By Bill Simons

The classic 1990s television dramedy “Northern Exposure” found humor in a young, nerdy Jewish doctor, Joel Fleischman, paying off his medical school debts by taking a position in a …

On the Jewish food scene: Coconut cookies for Passover

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Several years ago, I attended a Passover dessert cooking class at my synagogue. We broke into small groups to make three or four different desserts, all of which we tasted afterward. The chef who taught us looked at me a little strangely when I said I was never goin…

On the silver screen: Yahrzeit for Izzy: Remembering Kirk Douglas, part I

By Bill Simons

This is Izzy’s first yahrzeit. He died a year ago on February 5, 2020, the 10th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar. For his children and family, the tradition is to light a memorial candle. And for those of us who knew Izzy at a distance as Kirk Douglas, it is an appropriate …