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is JTA's former associate editor.


  • U.S. and Israel escalate war of words over Iran

    Is the nuclear deal with Iran the West’s “best bet” to thwart Tehran’s nuclear weapons ambitions, or is it a dangerous mistake that would give Iran a “free path” to the bomb?

  • VIDEO: Bennett goes for gold

    At a Tel Aviv rally Sunday night, the Jewish Home chairman serenaded voters with the Israeli classic “Jerusalem of Gold.”

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: First frost

    Most farmers don’t celebrate the death of their crops. But the arrival of the first sub-freezing night was a welcome respite after months of hard labor.

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Season of abundance

    With winter storage crops harvested and summer crops still in the ground, September is a special moment for the seasonal eater.

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Ode to corn

    Corn has a bad rap in the sustainable farming community, which is a shame. One of North America’s great native crops, corn is fast growing, tolerant of diverse climates, and incredibly versatile.

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Packing the larder

    Winter storage crops are the endurance athletes of the plant kingdom, surviving over 100 days in the field and providing nourishment all through the winter.

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Battling the blight

    The tomato plant giveth and the tomato plant taketh away — a bit earlier than hoped.

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: The high cost of cheap vegetables

    Even those of us selling fancy heirloom tomatoes and freshly harvested kale are at the mercy of a market that has conditioned consumers to pay low prices for their vegetables.

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Bring on the onions

    It wasn’t the hoped-for bumper crop of onions, but after all the fretting and hand-wringing, it was a crop still.

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Meeting the neighbors

    I needed someone to build me a refrigerator. Larry needed some company. It seemed like a fair exchange.