Advice for Assimilated Family Reunions

By Dr. Ruth Nemzoff Q: I am having a family reunion. Half of the youngest generation has married people of other backgrounds. How can I use this opportunity to educate the Jewish members of my family about their heritage? And also to help those who do not currently identify as Jewish to understand how important […]

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A Tale of Two Kitchens

“We’re not doing this!” Andy was visibly upset. “I won’t do it!” It was a year into our relationship and we were in his car heading to his dad’s house in the middle of nowhere. The topic that inspired this reaction was none other than kashrut, a set of Jewish dietary laws that I happen […]

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Kabocha squash challah

Jewish Food Cheat Sheet

An alphabetic listing of Jewish dishes and food-related terms to help people new to Jewish families to figure out what’s on the table.

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Why I Don’t Keep Kosher

Growing up, I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about what I ate. One of my parents and then a housekeeper for a while, used to cook dinner for me and made my lunch to take to school. We didn’t keep any sense of kosher; I didn’t really understand what kashrut was until I […]

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Fasting on Your Wedding Day

By Sam Goodman Ash Wednesday fell this past week.  The holiday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of penance, fasting, and abstinence in the Catholic faith, as well as many other Christian denominations. Ash Wednesday is one of the two days during the liturgical year that Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 […]

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Interfaith Marriage: Finding Meaning in the Journey

I went to Congregation Rodeph Shalom’s Purim celebration this year. (Or last year, by the Hebrew calendar.) The shul went all out. The theme was “A Night in Persia,” and congregants came dressed in robes, bedecked themselves in scarves and beads, and happily buzzed around the room. Our cantor and one of our rabbis, both […]

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No Good Reason

This week’s Torah portion (parasha) contains one of only two narratives in the entire book of Leviticus — the rest of Leviticus is made up of laws, rules, and instructions. The story this week is of the death of two of Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, and appears at the beginning of chapter 10 and […]

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One Man’s Kosher is Another Man’s Treif

Humorous essay on the subtleties–and absurdities–of differing practices of keeping kosher.

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We did it! And so did I!

Ethan here, and the wedding is over! We made it through an absolutely amazing weekend of festivities, had a beautiful ceremony and shared in so much love and joy that we are positively bursting. Now that it is all over I am reflecting on some of the choices we made as a couple and myself […]

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Keeping Kosher and Keeping It Real

Making distinctions about what we do and don’t eat in a way that is rooted in, but not wedded to, Jewish tradition turns cooking and dining into a meaningful experience.

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