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Posted on March 12, 2014

Sequestered in Ratner’s

The potential closing of the last full service kosher restaurant on the Lower East Side brought back memories of my last visit to Ratner’s, more than two decades ago. In the spring of 1993 I was finishing my full time work in New York City. In the fall I would be entering the Jewish Theological Continue Reading »

Posted on March 1, 2013

Rabbi Nahman Walks into a Sushi Bar

I came late to sushi. It wasn’t until a trip to visit my brother who was living in Tokyo that I really came to enjoy it and seek it out. Conveyor belt sushi can do that to a person. In the United States I found that we add another ritual to sushi that is not Continue Reading »

Posted on April 9, 2012

Lost: One Afikomen

It is one of those stories that are just strange enough to be true. It is now Monday morning, about 36 hours since the second Seder and our afikoman is still missing. Halakhically (according to Jewish law) this is a problem. Or at least it would be a problem if we had not set aside Continue Reading »

Posted on September 21, 2011

The Rosh Hashanah Seder

In addition to the usual apples and honey, some Jews have the custom of adding special foods to their Rosh Hashanah table. Each of these foods has symbolic meaning tied to its name in Hebrew. We set our tables with bowls of these seven foods and before eating each of them, we offer a wish Continue Reading »

Posted on March 14, 2011

Purim Treats

Way back in August when this website was about to “go live,” Rabbi Shulman and I had a discussion about blogging. I had no idea what to write so I asked him what he imagined we would be writing about in our clergy blogs. Among other helpful things he said, “But I don’t think you Continue Reading »

Posted on August 31, 2010

Thanks for the snacks

This morning, I walked into my office and found a bag of Baked Lays potato chips on my desk. That might sound like a kind gesture of nourishment, or a subtle hint to switch to low fat, except that they did not have a hekhsher (mark of kosher certification) so I knew exactly what it Continue Reading »