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On the Jewish food scene: Turkey and a Jewish Thanksgiving

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I’ve never been a big fan of turkey. Yes, I’ve eaten it at Thanksgiving and on other occasions, but my preference is for dark meat, rather than white. White meat is generally too dry for me, so I need sauces or condiments to swallow it easily. That’s why turk…

Veterans Day: Honoring American military of all faiths

By Bill Simons

As November 11, 2021 – Veterans Day – draws closer, I find myself returning to a time-worn book, published 77 years ago. The National Jewish Welfare Board produced “Fighting for America: A Record of the Participation of Jewish Men and Women in the Armed Forces” during…

Off the Shelf: Two Israeli authors

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

There is a debate about whether reviewers should discuss an author’s nationality when writing about their work. When reviewing novels and memoirs about Soviet Jewish immigrants to the U.S., it makes sense to compare and contrast their experiences, especially if th…

Off the Shelf: Two Israeli authors

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

There is a debate about whether reviewers should discuss an author’s nationality when writing about their work. When reviewing novels and memoirs about Soviet Jewish immigrants to the U.S., it makes sense to compare and contrast their experiences, especially if th…

Off the Shelf: Do movies matter?

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Are motion pictures merely entertainment, or are they worthy of serious, academic study? It’s clear that Helene Meyers believes that movies have made an important contribution to American culture: she explores the way Jewish films have influenced Jews and Gentiles…