Columns & Views

A final letter from the Jewish Sound board

Dear Subscribers and Members of our community, As the final chapter of this 91-year-old newspaper comes to an end, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the board and staff of The Jewish Sound (a.k.a. JTNews and The Jewish Transcript) for its unwavering support and commitment through the good times as well as(…)

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When it comes to Israel, let’s at least try to get along

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound As this 91-year experiment in community outreach comes to a close, I have a question: Can we talk? I mean, really talk? In particular, I want to talk about Israel, because it seems like nobody else is. When I mean talk about Israel, I mean with each other,(…)

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Mourning for a venerable friend

Mourning for a venerable friend

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Please hand me that freshly sharpened stylus. I need to etch this in cuneiform on my clay tablet. When it’s dry, I’ll call the Pony Express to carry it to my editor. Then a typesetter will set my words, one letter at a time, into trays of type and(…)

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The sparks of a radiant tomorrow

By Rabbi Olivier BenHaim, Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue Our tradition assumes the possibility of four different levels of interpretation to any text, from the literal to the esoteric. One of these levels, the allegorical level, allows us to understand our Biblical stories as universal archetypes relating to the human spiritual journey. The opening verses of(…)

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A Passover feast: Where eggs and lemons meet fish

A Passover feast: Where eggs and lemons meet fish

By Shelley Adatto-Baumgarten, Jewish Sound Columnist Growing up Jewish-Turkish in Seattle, the eight-day festival of Passover was quite meaningful to me. Celebrating the flight from bondage in Egypt to liberation translated into a lot of holiday preparation. The Sephardim from Turkey were committed to the rules of grand hospitality and generosity that had been laid(…)

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The lasting impact of Ed’s last column

The lasting impact of Ed’s last column

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist Life is all about changes — including this column — as it will be my last one. It turns out I may have played a very small part in hastening the Jewish Sound’s demise. This is not because of the obvious suspect — insipid writing — but rather due(…)

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‘J Street Challenge’ film draws criticism from J Street rabbis

By Avi Goldwasser, Special to The Jewish Sound In response to Rabbi Anson Laytner’s article “Challenging ‘The J Street Challenge’” in the March 12 Jewish Sound, it was disheartening to read Rabbi Laytner’s critique of ‘The J Street Challenge,’ a film produced by the non-profit educational organization Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT). APT has(…)

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Research for medical rarities — done with a kickstart

Research for medical rarities — done with a kickstart

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist This latest research study from Tel Aviv University is pioneering because it’s one of a handful of studies in the world to have successfully used crowdfunding to finance the research. The study is also counter-intuitive and atypical because TAU scientist, Dr. Noam Shomron, the co-founder and scientific director of(…)

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Two local cookbook authors have new books

Two local cookbook authors have new books

By Diana Brement, JewishSound Columnist “Just look on the cover,” was Rachel Almeleh’s response when I asked what her favorite recipe was in her just-published cookbook, “A Legacy of Sephardic, Mediterranean, and American Recipes.” There, a plate of lightly browned bourekas, plump with potatoes and two kinds of cheese, tempt the reader and the cook.(…)

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Rediscovering you

By Rabbi Mark Spiro, Living Judaism   Obese Ohio man found fused to chair he sat in for 2 years A morbidly obese Ohio man was in the hospital Tuesday after police found him fused to a chair he had not moved from in two years and were forced to cut a hole in the(…)

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Challenging ‘The J Street Challenge’

By Rabbi Anson Laytner, Special to the Jewish Sound After the Washington Coalition of Rabbis, the umbrella body for non-Orthodox rabbis in our state, wrote a letter criticizing the showing of “The J Street Challenge” here in Seattle because it potentially would sow seeds of mistrust among Jews here, we each received a complimentary copy(…)

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What billionaires owe the Jewish community

By Jay Ruderman, JTA World News Service BOSTON (JTA) — In the past decade, a new class of Jewish mega-givers has emerged, reshaping the Jewish philanthropic landscape. This has been, without a doubt, a tremendous boon for Jewish life. Super-donors are facilitating the expansion of the Jewish enterprise. With their largesse, more young people are(…)

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For Ukraine Jews, Purim holiday merely a respite

By Alan H. Gill, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish perseverance, and more than a bit of chutzpah, lies at the heart of the Purim holiday we celebrate this week. It is one of the reasons we are instructed to mark this raucous holiday with boundless joy and why thousands of Ukrainian(…)

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UW’s Simpson Center puts Israel in the dock

By Edward Alexander, Special to the Jewish Sound “In the modern world, the Jew has perpetually been on trial; still today the Jew is on trial, in the person of the Israeli—and this modern trial of the Jew, this trial which never ends, begins with the trial of Shylock.” —Philip Roth, Operation Shylock (1993)  (…)

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Books you’ll never read

Books you’ll never read

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist 1 Unless you’re a prosthodontist or the managing partner of a law firm, chances are you’ll never read these books — and might never have heard of them until now. “Soft Tissue Management: The Restorative Perspective,” Ariel Raigrodski’s first book, comes out in May. It’s “for the restorative general(…)

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