• This Week in Jewish Farming: The deer threat and an electric solution

      Countless anxieties attended the planning for my first season farming. Losing my entire crop to deer was not among them. Neither of the Northeastern farms where I had worked previously worried much about these herbivores. One farm was large and could keep losses from deer to a minimum with a shotgun. The other was… More ▸

  • Can Israel’s Gal Mekel make his point in Dallas?

    Basketball analysts viewed the trade Wednesday between the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks as preliminary maneuvering by both teams wooing the two darlings in this summer’s NBA free-agent class, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. But a far-below-the-radar beneficiary may be Israeli point guard Gal Mekel. The evening before the NBA Draft, Dallas shipped out… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Another Neulander murder case

    This week a Syracuse, N.Y., physician active in his local Jewish community was indicted in the murder of his wife. Whether the 62-year-old Robert Neulander — who chaired his local federation’s campaign and has served on the board of his JCC — is found guilty or innocent in the Sept. 17, 2012 death of his wife,… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: The Jew in the crown, Sephardic on the Hudson, the American rebbe

    The Jew in the crown: A photo essay documents what remains of Jewish life in India after most of the community’s members have immigrated to Israel. (Al-Jazeera) Sephardic on the Hudson: A special section focuses on the Sephardic experience in New York, from culinary traditions to experiments in egalitarian worship. (N.Y. Jewish Week) The American rebbe: Despite being born in… More ▸

  • Russian Jewish billionaires sing ‘Hallelujah’ (and thank God it’s over)

    If time really is money, then the song that producer Igor Sandler recorded on Tuesday at his Moscow studio not only will be the longest tune ever released, but may be among the costliest to make. That’s because the people singing in Sandler’s bid to enter the Guinness Book of World Records database include Russian Jewish billionaires whose time… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Selfies at Auschwitz, a Muslim’s Zionist education, victory for Hamas?

    Selfies at Auschwitz: A new Facebook page mocking Israeli teens’ irreverent postings about trips to concentration camps is generating controversy. (Ynet) A Muslim’s Zionist education: Through studying in a Muslim-Jewish program at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Rabia Chaudry learned that there is more to Zionism than she thought. (Time) Recipe for rehabilitation: Despite a troubled past that included drug addiction… More ▸

  • ‘Jeopardy’ rabbi for one night only

    The good news is that Sari Laufer‘s congregants have been spared the inconveniences of an absentee clergy member. The bad news? This New York Reform rabbi’s stint as a “Jeopardy” contestant turned out to be shorter than most Rosh Hashanah sermons: just one half-hour appearance. In her sole episode, which aired earlier this month, Laufer correctly answered numerous… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Rescue effort or war crime?, Lev Tahor’s ‘nueva vida,’ frustrated with ‘Fiddler’

    Rescue effort or war crime?: Some Israeli NGOs claim the IDF operation in pursuit of the missing teens is collective punishment, but legal experts aren’t so sure. (Times of Israel) Lev Tahor’s ‘nueva vida’: After fleeing Canada, where child protection officials were investigating them, members of the haredi Orthodox sect Lev Tahor are starting anew in… More ▸