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Jewish Baseball Players: Ryan Braun redux: home runs and controversy

By Bill Simons

On September 14, Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers’ All-Star leftfielder, formally announced his retirement as a Major League Baseball player. Since he sat out the entire 2021 season and Milwaukee declined to pick up its option on him during the off-season, the announcement…

On the Jewish food scene: Food for the secular New Year

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I’ve given up trying to stay awake to midnight on the secular New Year. The last time I came close was by accident: I was watching the last few episodes of the previous season of the British sci-fi show “Primeval” on DVD before the new season started the next …

Jewish Online Resources 12/3/2021

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 Shalom Hartman Institute offers free virtual course through its Shalom @ Home…

On the Jewish food scene: My seasonal iced cookie craving

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

About four or five years ago in December, I stopped into a coffee shop and noticed an iced cookie shaped like a moose among the baked treats on offer. Although I rarely ate iced cookies, I couldn’t resist buying it. I showed the cookie to a friend when I got to T…

Jewish Baseball Players: Pitcher Max “Maximus” Fried: The new Koufax?

By Bill Simons

Game six of the 2021 World Series – November 2, 2021 – produced an indelible Jewish vignette. During the bottom of the second inning, Atlanta Braves pitcher Max Fried faced Houston Astros batter Alex Bregman. Bregman lined Fried’s pitch to rightfield where the Braves…