Issue 21

Friday, May 26, 2017

Local News

Beth David Synagogue to recognize Harold and Meryl Sasnowitz at June Shabbat luncheon

Beth David Synagogue will hold its closing Shabbat luncheon for this season on Saturday, June 10. The event will be a tribute to Harold and Meryl Sasnowitz, who are leaving the area and moving to New Jersey.

Jennifer S. Brown to speak at Book Club on June 6

Jennifer S. Brown will speak about her novel “Modern Girls” on Tuesday, June 6, at 10:30 am, during the June meeting of the Book Club at Temple Concord, 9 Riverside Dr., Binghamton.

Features

Book review: The reasoning behind the dietary laws

Many people find the biblical dietary laws puzzling. Is there a reason the Israelites should restrict their diets? In his fascinating “The Jewish Dietary Laws in the Ancient World” (Cambridge University Press), Jordan D. Rosenblum explores what a wide variety of ancient commentators – Greco-Roman, Jewish and Christian – have to say about the subject.

Opinion

Hello this is Sima

Two weeks ago, I was babysitting for my precious granddaughter Edythe in Poughkeepsie, NY. We sang the “Itsy, Bitsy Spider,” “The Wheels on the Bus,” “Where is Pinky,” “Rise and Shine” and everything that came into my head from years gone by.

Cyber attacks

When I began working at The Reporter, I used to print a hard copy of everything I wrote – just in case. While I no longer do that, an underlying sense of uneasiness about computers still exists.

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