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3 eggs 1 ¼ C vegetable oil (safflower or corn—no canola, it’s fake) 1 ¾ C sugar 3 C sifted flour 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp vanilla ¾ tsp salt 3 C diced apples (Granny Smith & Gravenstein are the best) 1 C chopped walnuts * ½ tsp cinnamon * you can substitute the […]
Rabbis Yehiel Poupko and David Sandmel’s recent article, “Jesus Didn’t Eat a Seder Meal,” in Christianity Today was written in response to the increasing interest of Christians in Passover and the celebration by some of Christian seders. Certainly, this phenomenon deserves exploration and comment. But I am not so sure that Rabbis Poupko and Sandmel’s […]
Theater Review Jesus the Jew as Told by his Brother James Playing now through March 26 at the Greenhouse Theater, Chicago I received an unexpected call from the marketing director of Greenwood Theater, a local theater here in Chicago. The owner of the theater, William Spatz, wrote a play called Jesus the Jew as Told […]
Following the surrender of Nazi Germany, a parade of SS officers testified before an international tribunal and described the details of their systematic plan to eradicate European Jewry. No story was more astonishing than the candid testimony of Rudolph Hoess, the commander of Auschwitz. He provided an international assembly of judges, reporters and witnesses the chilling details of how two million Jews had been murdered under his watchful eye.
The movie opens during the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. By October 31, 1940, the Nazis have forced all the Jewish residents to abandon their homes and move to the ghetto. The family has to sell its prized possession, the piano, for next to nothing.
Over the last decade and a half, my ministry with Jews for Jesus has focused on working with Jewish-Gentile couples.
Life is Beautiful, written, directed and starring Roberto Benigni (who won the Best Actor Oscar for this role), captures the power of love, family and imagination to conquer all.
Septembers of Shiraz is an adaptation of Dalia Sofer’s 2008 novel of the same name.
(New York: Schocken Books, 1998) 289 pp. In his book, The Sunflower, renowned Jewish Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, recalls his encounter with a terminally ill Nazi officer. In doing so, Wiesenthal poses the moral dilemma of atonement and forgiveness. This subject has prompted debate amongst theologians, political and moral leaders and writers […]
The day before Purim is traditionally a fast day in remembrance of Haman’s plot to kill the Jews. Purim itself is supposed to be a happy occasion, celebrating the subsequent deliverance of the Jewish people from genocide during the days of King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther.
It was different for some Jews in March of 1942.
A recent controversial decision by the Israeli government will affect men and women who pray at the Western (Wailing) Wall
WHAT THE ‘L’? SINCE SUPER BOWL V IN 1971THE NFL HAS USED ROMAN NUMERALS TO NUMBER THE GAMES. UNTIL NOW. THE NFL SAYS, “‘L’ ISN’T PLEASING TO THE EYE.” I GUESS WE BETTER GET RID OF ALL THOSE L-SHAPED HOMES, KITCHENS AND SOFAS SO… THIS YEAR THE NFL IS SUBSTITUTING THE # 50 FOR THE […]
The Jews and Jesus… Christmas concerns. Jews and Jesus seem to live in two different worlds. They appear to be representing two different religions.
Is the made-up holiday Chrismukkah a good idea? Does it meet the needs of kids growing up in mixed marriage homes? The writer suggests there’s a better way.
It could have been me. Right there next to the bullet-ridden door and behind the police tape that now decorates what was once the Bataclan café.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea…” (Psalm 46). The Lord reminded me of these words when our cherished city was attacked.
There is a surprising “back story” behind the Pilgrims’ celebration of the first Thanksgiving in the New World.
A quick look at the American holiday Veterans Day and what it has to do with Yeshua of Nazareth. Is there common ground between the soldier who sacrifices his life to save his friends and Jesus’ death?
Jewish kids celebrate Halloween, but why? Is it just for the candy? And what would have happened if Halloween had become a Jewish holiday? It’s interesting to think about!
Attention Jewish animal devotees: would you like to have your dog, cat, hamster or parakeet blessed, synagogue-style? You can! In fact, you don’t even have to be physically present at the synagogue to receive said blessing.
Yes, I’m Jewish, but truthfully, for most of my early life I had no idea what Simchat Torah was…
Whether you’re Orthodox, a “High Holiday Jew,” a self-proclaimed “bad Jew,” “Jew-ish,” or just have a Jewish relative or friend, you might find this season a suitable time to reflect on some spiritual possibilities.
I recently learned that the meaning of the phrase “Put up or shut up” comes from boxing, when one fighter would challenge another and require him to put up money for a match or stop his fighting words. I’m guessing that’s the same origin for another expression, “Put your money where your mouth is.”
When you think of past High Holidays celebrations, what do you remember most? Chances are, it’s your stomach that possesses the best memory.