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Members of the poetry tribe

Members of the poetry tribe

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Happy Jewish Book Month to writers and readers everywhere! I decided to reach out to Merna Ann Hecht after the Seattle Times did a lovely profile of her and her poem that won a place in the King County Metro poetry on buses competition. As co-founder and co-director of(…)

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Thanksgiving at the Harris home: Norman Rockwell it ain’t

Thanksgiving at the Harris home: Norman Rockwell it ain’t

By Ed Harris A Jewish friend of mine once described Thanksgiving as his favorite holiday. He said Thanksgiving is the only celebration of the season that serves to unite people of all faiths, unlike Christmas and Hanukkah, which are drawn from entirely different religious traditions. In making this assessment, however, my friend was not familiar(…)

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Scramble a little spice into your pasta

Scramble a little spice into your pasta

By Michael Natkin, Jewish Sound Columnist Spaghetti alla carbonara is one of those great Italian dishes that comes with multiple-choice apocryphal explanations for the name. Possibly it is in the style favored by a group of charcoal makers, or coal miners, or maybe it was named after the charcoal burner it was cooked on. In(…)

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Could more shuteye mean less cancer?

Could more shuteye mean less cancer?

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist The evidence that our sleep time and quality is a significant factor in our health continues to mount. In May 2014, Israel: to Your Health reported that researchers at the Rambam Medical Campus in Haifa saw the mice in their study published in the Journal of Cancer Research grow(…)

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Our lemon of a calendar. Or is that an etrog?

Our lemon of a calendar. Or is that an etrog?

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist Whew! The cycle of major Jewish holidays has finally come to an end. The succession of celebrations and observances began with Rosh Hashanah amid a cacophony of shofar blasts, continued with the hunger-pang inducing somberness of Yom Kippur, followed by Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and, finally, Simchat Torah. The religious(…)

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Helping people survive and helping people sleep

Helping people survive and helping people sleep

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Steve Schwartz initially emailed me to say he’s “a Member of the Tribe who has found himself living and working with plenty of different tribes.” He might be referring to moving around a lot in the Midwest as a child before his family settled in Syracuse, N.Y., but he might(…)

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Something different to break the fast

Something different to break the fast

By Michael Natkin, Jewish Sound Columnist From May through October, we have a farmer’s market just a couple of blocks from my house. Our regular ritual is to swing by in the afternoon, select what looks great, then walk home and figure out what to cook with our bounty. If I don’t have another plan,(…)

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Search for Ebola cure comes from Israel

Search for Ebola cure comes from Israel

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist Since 2002, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev virologist Dr. Leslie Lobel has been traveling to Africa more than four times a year testing the blood of Ebola-infected survivors. Lobel is trying to figure out exactly why the more than 120 subjects in his studies either don’t get sick or survive(…)

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Two who returned

Two who returned

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist “I was always looking for the mountains,” says Rabbi Sarah Niebuhr Rubin of her return to Seattle last month. Raised in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, she grew up attending Temple Beth Am. A Roosevelt High School grad, she left town to attend Ohio State University, where she developed an(…)

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Punishment by battering ram: A High Holidays story

Punishment by battering ram: A High Holidays story

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist You can recognize the approach of the High Holidays at the Harris household by the sight of my family members forcing their hands over their ears and fleeing the premises as if their very lives were at stake. The panic is set off rather improbably by the tiniest shofar(…)

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Getting into the Rosh Hashanah mindset, from seat 11B

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, I know that many might feel that the world has a no shortage of horrible — nay, catastrophic — flash points erupting. Still, I cannot let go of the news item that some may see as petty. But it has served as a welcome distraction during(…)

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