Monthly Archives: August 2009

Viva Italia

Over the course of the last two decades, the question of race has come to the forefront of Italian politics. Inspired by waves of immigration from eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East and Africa, it is most frequently associated … Read More

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Swedish Blood Libel Scandal Festers On

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now likely to weigh in on the Swedish government’s refusal to condemn the article published in the daily Aftonbladet alleging – without a shred of what proper journalists would define as evidence – that … Read More

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Poem: In the Time of Elul

We visit gravesites, mark a year’s passing, turn in in order to turn out another dimension. We rough our smooth edges.   We visit gravesites, cemented on grass and dirt, cover their tops with rocks, thin bricks line our chest, … Read More

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Top Chef, Top Scallop

I like food.  A lot.  Since my son’s initial appearance, my wife Amanda has been watching an intense amount of Food Network (great to watch in short bursts, when you don’t have the time or energy for a full show … Read More

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Love Your Mother

Pity the poor Jewish mother.  She nurtures and sacrifices, only to have her children abandon her.  They never write, they never call.  But so long as they’re happy! Is this the fate of all Jewish mothers?  Consider the case of … Read More

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Joel Salatin: “Christian-Libertarian-Environmentalist-Capitalist-Farmer”

Last night I went to hear Joel Salatin, of Polyface Farms in Virginia, speak at a benefit for the Hollywood Farmer’s Market, one of my favorite farmer’s markets here in Portland. Salatin is featured in Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s … Read More

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Hebrew School Daze

The NY Jewish Week recently published an article entitled "Resolving the Day School Crisis: It Takes a Mishpocha" that I found to be a bit shortsighted.  In the article, writer Kim Hirsh identifies the central day school crisis as a … Read More

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The Henna Ceremony

Zeek is pleased to present this excerpt from the forthcoming book, The House of Secrets, an inside look at the mikveh and its rituals, by Varda Polak-Sahm. This section focuses on a henna ceremony practiced mainly by Sephardi and Mizrahi … Read More

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