European Union Slaps ‘New Kind Of Yellow Star On Jewish-Made Products’

Europe’s highest court isn’t exactly telling everybody to boycott Israeli food and wine. But they’re doing their darnedest to ensure Europeans don’t buy them. For anyone who missed the news, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled last week that food and wine produced by Jewish Israelis beyond the Green Line must be explicitly marked: “‘Israeli settlement’ or … Continue reading

The Pain of Infertility in the Jewish Community

Americans speak openly about breast cancer and domestic violence — subjects that were taboo in recent memory — but infertility remains relatively hush-hush. Meanwhile, fertility struggles increase, as more Americans, including American Jews, delay parenthood. For some, that reflects a conscious choice to delay parenthood into their 30s, or even their 40s, as they pursue … Continue reading

6 New Spins On Hanukkah Songs

Unlike Christmas, Hanukkah is a minor holiday. It is an eight-day long celebration of miracles and religious freedom, but in the pantheon of Jewish holidays, Hanukkah simply doesn’t hold a candle (pun intended) to Yom Kippur or Passover. Ubiquitous twinkly lights and wreaths can create the impression that everyone (else) is celebrating Christmas. Many American Jewish parents are sensitive to … Continue reading

The Spooky New Face of Anti-Semitism

On Wednesday, Pope Francis waded into the ongoing discussion about anti-Semitism. He told a Jewish audience, “To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism.” What exactly is anti-Semitism? The term has been bandied about so often and in so many different contexts lately, we must consider whether … Continue reading

Matisyahu Fights For The Freedom to Sing

Mrs. Garnett, my 9th grade art teacher, taught us that an artist’s job is to be bold and use his art to confront society about its flaws. However, sometimes, it’s an artist’s life experience that is actually more instructive. Take, for instance, American Jewish Reggae singer Matisyahu. Matisyahu was scheduled to perform at Spain’s Rototom Sunsplash Festival on August … Continue reading

“Sex and the City” is Old School

Sex and the City: Not Aging Well Princesses: Long Island has little to recommend it as elevating entertainment goes. The dialogue isn’t particularly witty, the storylines aren’t ground-breaking, and the characters are Jewish caricatures (thanks, Bravo). However, amidst the muck, this new show has the potential to tell a surprisingly family-friendly story. While society at large … Continue reading

Cupid in a Kippah

On Valentine’s Day, one is absolutely the loneliest number. It helps if you can make plans with some single friends, but most people would prefer to be out with their perfect person. Valentine’s Day isn’t our holiday, religiously speaking — Jews have Tu B’Av — but it is an American holiday, and Valentine’s Day nicely … Continue reading

Jewish in Geneva

Jewish in Geneva Hebrew may not be a universal language, but well-traveled Israelis make it a handy travel tool. I learned that as a rising college senior, when a gal pal and I backpacked around Europe, bumping into Israelis everywhere. My French was as non-existent then as it is now, but my Hebrew was quite … Continue reading

Imagining my Baby’s Bashert

On Toddlers and Soul-mates Do you ever wonder about your baby’s bashert? Jewish tradition teaches that each of us has a bashert, the one we are fated to be with. G-d chooses that other person before we are born, and it is our job to find our other half here on Earth. On most days … Continue reading

Make Jewish Schools More Affordable

Expand Tax Breaks for Jewish Schools The fate of the tax cuts enacted during George W. Bush’s administration will be decided by the end of this year. Deep inside the tax package is a program that the Jewish community should mobilize to save. Here’s why: A day school education is the single best way to … Continue reading