For more than 16 years, the Israeli Scouts have been visiting Binghamton
to perform and are scheduled to return this summer as well. The Scouts
will spend the day with Camp JCC and then perform for the general public
on Wednesday, July 28, at 7 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500
Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.
Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked
themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods
around Jerusalem where everything – and that means everything – goes for
five shekels, or about $1.50.
The new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council said
battling anti-Israel bias on the body was a “key priority.”
WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Obama administration’s antisemitism monitor has
added an issue to his office’s portfolio: defending circumcision in
BUDAPEST, Hungary (JTA) – Peering through dusty apartment widows isn’t
an uncommon pastime in this capital city’s crime-infested 8th District,
with its many drug addicts and alcoholics seeking for a fix. But Adam
Schoenberger wasn’t scouting for a place to rob on his peeping tour of
the district in June.
Jerry Schwartz has long been interested in ecological and agricultural
issues, particularly from a Jewish standpoint. When he lived in New
Jersey, Schwartz had an organic vegetable garden. When he moved to New
York, he began a sheep farm that uses “sustainable practices” as noted
in the farmers’ pledge of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of
New York. (For more information about the pledge, visit www.nofany.org/farmers-pledge.)
As part of his continuing environmental efforts, Schwartz will be
biking with his son, Sacha Sigelman-Schwartz, in Hazon’s New York Ride
and Retreat. Held from August 29-September 1, it will include a Shabbat
retreat at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village,
CT, and two days of biking through the Berkshires and Hudson Valley
into New York City.
One thing I task myself with as a reviewer is to recognize that people
have very different tastes when it comes to reading material. Many of us
have loved a book panned by the critics and hated something a reviewer
loved. So I try to be careful to acknowledge when someone might really
enjoy a book that I find mediocre and dislike a book I find wonderful.
My reason for writing about this is that none of the books in this
review are going to make my favorites’ list, but I just know there are
readers who will appreciate them far more than I do.
When looking at a mishnah in tractate Sanhedrin, my study partner
was confused about a section that spoke of the number of judges needed
before deciding it was OK to kill a particular animal. The mishnah
is very terse – it was originally memorized and transmitted orally –
and the assumption is that readers would understand far more than the
text suggests. This case is a reference to the opening section of
Deuteronomy chapter 21, verses that struck me as particularly timely.