Features

Newsfeatures and service pieces exploring topics ranging from life on the West Bank to finding the perfect afternoon tea in Manhattan's swankiest salons.

Reflections On The Matzo Ball

January 13, 2015

by Heather Robinson

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From New York Blueprint

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In which one Jewish Woman reflects on a tradition

First off, a confession: I’ve been to a few Matzo Balls. Okay, more than a few. But this year my good friend Rachel, who recently moved back to the U.S. from Mexico...

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10 Succoth Customs That Never Really Caught On

January 13, 2015

by Heather Robinson

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From The New York Blueprint

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These ideas sounded exciting, but their execution proved problematic

10. Succoth in Siberia

9. The Succoth Seance* (* Conjuring ancient Israelite spirits to stimulate fertility)

8. Succoth VIP Manischewitz...

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Top 10 Things Not To Say/Do at a Passover Seder

January 12, 2015

by Heather Robinson

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From The New York Blueprint

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G-d commanded us to relax and enjoy at Passover. But some of these lines/moves might get you booted from the Seder.

10. “Mr. Greenberg, I love your recipe for hard matzoh balls. Oh, these are the soft...

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Top 10 Reasons to Date an Israeli

January 12, 2015

by Heather Robinson

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From The New York Blueprint

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Compliments, self-confidence and deals on moving service.

10. Because looks matter.

9. He’ll always be reachable by cell.

8. Personal security adviser in event of a terrorist attack.

7. As long as you are...

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Top 10 Things Not To Say at a Jewish Young Professionals’ Event

January 12, 2015

by Heather Robinson

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From The New York Blueprint

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10. “I’ve never had a real job.”

9. “You look a little like Anthony Weiner, from the waist up.”

8. “Financial security is so overrated, don’tcha think?”

7....

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High Holy Days Service Crashers

January 10, 2015

by Heather Robinson

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From The Jerusalem Blueprint

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When we first moved to New York City in the late ’90’s, my friends and I, being young, single, and low salaried, decided it wasn’t too big a sin to “crash” Yom Kippur services....

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Dershowitz: Carter, Tutu Have Gaza ‘Blood On Their Hands’

October 3, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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In Jewish Week interview, ex-Harvard Law professor charges that former president, South African archbishop ‘encourage’ Hamas’ ‘dead-baby’ strategy.

In his new book, “Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel’s Just War...

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Pro-Israel Iraqi Official May Be Tapped For Key Post In New Cabinet

August 21, 2014

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish Week

Mithal al Alusi, honored by AJC for moral courage, says U.S. should unite region against terrorism.

Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi, whose support for Israel earned him the American Jewish...

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How Men Are Like Apples: A Rosh Hashanah Meditation

September 12, 2013

by Heather Robinson

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In the late summer days before the onset of Rosh Hashanah, I went shopping for apples at the Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan. Strolling past tables of farmers hocking their wares and couples walking hand-in-hand, I thought about how...

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New Einstein Play Reveals His Simple Complexities

August 15, 2013

by Heather Robinson

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From The New York Blueprint
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“Who was the real Einstein?” the creators of the original new Off-Broadway play “Einstein” ask rhetorically. “The man who cruelly mistreated his first wife, or the one who worked...

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