• This Week in Jewish Farming: The pests arrive

    Miracles pour forth daily from the earth. Each day — often several times a day — I’m momentarily overcome by something magical in the fields. Those tomato plants that seem to expand by the hour, some of them now reaching my chest with their dank stalks bursting with yellow flowers. The plump purple kohlrabi bulbs… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Mourning the Rebbe, under overcast skies

    It has been two decades since the death of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Hasidic rebbe whose influence was felt far beyond the Chabad-Lubavitch movement he led. Within hours after the long-ailing Schneerson, more commonly known as “the Rebbe,” died at age 92, JTA reporters visited Crown Heights, the Brooklyn neighborhood where Chabad is based,… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Settling on settlements, dads gone bad, transgender and Orthodox

    Settling on settlements: Jeff Jacoby dreams of a time when Arabs will welcome Israeli settlers as neighbors. (Boston Globe) Dads gone bad: To help you appreciate your own father more on Father’s Day, Marjorie Ingall lists the 13 worst Jewish dads in literature. (Tablet) Transgender and Orthodox: Before his bar mitzvah and with the support of his parents, an Orthodox… More ▸

  • Was Eric Cantor’s loss a Jewish thing?

    David Wasserman went there. From a post-election New York Times story: David Wasserman, a House political analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said another, more local factor has to be acknowledged: Mr. Cantor, who dreamed of becoming the first Jewish speaker of the House, was culturally out of step with a redrawn district that was… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Why neighborhoods ‘change,’ the evolving shul, dating and waiting

    Why neighborhoods ‘change’: Like other white sections of American cities in the postwar years, Jewish ones benefited from housing and lending policies that put African-Americans at a disadvantage, Lila Corwin writes. (Sh’ma) The evolving shul: Synagogue 3000 co-founder Ron Wolfson reflects on how synagogues have changed in the past 20 years — and what’s still needed. (Reform Judaism… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Pro-Palestinian campus bullies, from anti-Semite to Orthodox, no shuffleboard for Peres

    Pro-Palestinian campus bullies: With nearly 100 chapters in North America, the increasingly strident Students for Justice in Palestine intimidates pro-Israel Jewish undergrads and anyone else who disagrees with its agenda, writes Perry Chiaramonte. (Fox News) From anti-Semite to Orthodox: Since discovering he was Jewish, the one-time Jew-baiting Hungarian politician Csanad Szegedi has broken with his party and embraced… More ▸

  • ‘D3: The Mighty Ducks’ scrapped an anti-Semitism scene

    If you feel Disney’s “The Mighty Ducks” trilogy could have ended better, you’re not alone. Producer Jordan Kerner recently told Time that part of his original plot line for D3 — the Ducks failing to defend their title at the international Goodwill Games — would have featured an off-the-ice fight triggered by an anti-Semitic comment… More ▸

  • When is the ‘Jeopardy’ contestant a rabbi?

    Sari Laufer isn’t allowed to say how well she did on the TV quiz show “Jeopardy” until the first episode featuring her airs Wednesday night. One thing the 35-year-old Reform rabbi will share, however, is that she was “really determined” to answer correctly the one Jewish question that arose during the game. “No matter how… More ▸