Columns & Views

Reclaiming positivity in a world of hate

Reclaiming positivity in a world of hate

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, JTNews Columnist Dear Rivy, Till now, when discussing the horrors of our history — persecutions, pogroms, and of course, the Holocaust — with our children it has generally been a conversation about the past; the way things once were, far away times, the way people used to think. Now, after the(…)

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Going gourmet on gefilte • A return to cello

Going gourmet on gefilte • A return to cello

Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist 1. A confluence of ideas and connections brought Seattle its first Ashkenazic pop-up restaurant. Josh Furman of Hillel’s JConnect says his organization wants Seattle “to be an amazing place for young Jews, and this means events and opportunities that take on a number of forms.” And sisters Anna and Molly Goren(…)

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What Selma means to the Jews

What Selma means to the Jews

By Susanna Heschel, JTA World News Service HANOVER, N.H. (JTA) — The 50th anniversary of the 1965 march at Selma is being commemorated this year with the release of the film “Selma.” Regrettably, the film represents the march as many see it today, only as an act of political protest. But for my father Abraham(…)

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Mayim Bialik’s reflections on the Paris attacks

Mayim Bialik’s reflections on the Paris attacks

By Mayim Bialik, Kveller/JTA World News Service I grew up in a public school that had enough Jewish kids that I felt represented. I went to Hebrew school twice a week and had a chavurah, or fellowship, through my Reform synagogue with kids my age. A portion of my family was Orthodox. I was surrounded by Jews. I(…)

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Celebrating the mighty grain on Tu B’Shevat

Celebrating the mighty grain on Tu B’Shevat

By Shelley Adatto-Baumgarten, Jewish Sound Columnist Editor’s note: This article marks the first of a monthly column that will focus on the history of Sephardic foods — with recipes. We hope you enjoy it. In just a few weeks, it will be Tu B’Shevat. What? In the winter? What an odd time to be celebrating(…)

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On Martin Luther King Day, Jews must acknowledge their privilege

On Martin Luther King Day, Jews must acknowledge their privilege

By Maital Friedman NEW YORK (JTA) — The events of the last few weeks have shaken me to the core. Beyond the devastation I felt over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, I was heartbroken to learn that the police officers involved would not stand trial. “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and “I can’t(…)

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Op-Ed: France’s wake-up call

Op-Ed: France’s wake-up call

By Simone Rodan-Benzaquen PARIS (JTA) — The kosher supermarket was chosen deliberately. Men, women and children were shopping and preparing for Shabbat. Only two days before the attack, terrorists had left 10 of the best-known satirical journalists and cartoonists dead at Charlie Hebdo. Three French police officers were also struck down, one of them a(…)

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Demystifying the Va’ad

By Rabbi Moshe Kletenik, Va’ad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle This Shabbat we will to begin to read and study the Book of Shemot. It is the book of slavery and of redemption, of Torah and of Mishkan — the beginning of Peoplehood. The Midrash attributes our redemption from bondage to our merit of maintaining a unique Jewish identity(…)

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An identity builder?

While I was a bit surprised to learn that the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project has expanded to offer trips for men (“It’s Birthright Israel — for Jewish moms,” Dec. 12, 2014), I was even more surprised to learn that “the women visit a group children’s home and attend a cooking workshop, while the men visit(…)

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A modern-day embodiment

Apparently the irony of Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP) co-opting both the celebration of Hanukkah and the events in Ferguson, Missouri to promote their virulently anti-Israel agenda was lost on JTNews (“Jews in Seattle and beyond light Hanukkah candles for racial justice,” Dec. 19, 2014). Hanukkah is not just a celebration of the Maccabees’ victory(…)

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Add a little soda to your diet

Add a little soda to your diet

By Michael Natkin, Jewish Sound Correspondent When you want to serve bread with dinner, the two obvious options are to buy a nice artisan loaf, or make your own yeast bread — which is terrific, but not something we all make time for, or think about far enough in advance. A soda bread is a(…)

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Bringing smiles to kids and a twist on the tisch

Bringing smiles to kids and a twist on the tisch

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist “It started in 2012,” explains Zoe Mesnik-Greene, when “I saw a video about children…with cleft palate condition.” She can’t pinpoint why, but that video made her want to do something. “I asked myself, am I going to take action…or just put it on Facebook?” she said. Perhaps because “we(…)

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Watch who you’re calling a Neanderthal!

Watch who you’re calling a Neanderthal!

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist The next time you question someone’s place on the evolutionary chain by calling that person a Neanderthal, it might be wiser to look elsewhere, a team of scientists led by Israeli researchers have found. As it turns out, we humans share 99.84 percent of our genetic makeup with the(…)

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