Monthly Archives: November 2008

Why Ramakrishna Matters

Ramakrishna (1836-1886) was the Baal Shem Tov of Advaita Vedanta, the foremost nondual tradition of Hinduism.  He was a highly influential religious innovator, but one who did not write down or systematize his teachings; what we possess today are the … Read More

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There is No Business Like Shoah Business

Anthony O. "Tony" Scott recently published a thought-provoking essay in the New York Times on the romance between the film industry (most notably Hollywood) and the Holocaust. The catalyst for the piece is the plethora of Holocaust-related movies that are … Read More

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My friend, Amy, is ever so slightly disdainful of my Midwestern corn pudding.  Nonetheless, her mother, Evelyn, loves it, and I believe it is this humble concoction of canned corn, eggs, margarine and corn muffin mix that provides entrée to … Read More

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A Poem by Robert Manaster

The Beginnings of Ritual   When God intrudes from within A story, as in the ordering Of unleavened bread, bitter Herbs, and the roasted lamb, When God’s telling-about the Seder Delays the Angel of Death And preserves a memory, we … Read More

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Jews in Pews

I don’t believe in God. The whole story just doesn’t seem likely to me. I do like religion, however. That is, I like attractive Gurdwaras, Mosques, Renaissance choral music, and Thought For The Day with the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, … Read More

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Jewcy Zeitgeist: Zimbabweans Getting Sick, 16th-Century-Style, Drinkin’ Pee in Space and Russia Does As Russia Does

Last one before the news takes a couple of days off so that those who cover it can enjoy the holiday… Defense Secretary Robert Gates will get to keep his job, at least for now. Ibrahim Nasir, the first president … Read More

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Cooking Storm: An Interview with Chef Sandy Stollar

Watching Chef Sandy Stollar cook is kind of like having front row seats at the Daytona 500. Born in Queens to a Colombian-Argentinean Jewish family, Stollar embodies all the fast-paced energy of a native New Yorker, and all the credentials … Read More

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Thanksgiving Psalm

Given the persistence of wars around the globe and the bewildering, destructive, unravelling of our economy, we’re clearly living in an age of anxiety. And at the same time, we share a newly ignited sense of awe. Never would I, … Read More

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