North Shore celebrates 18 years of ‘gantze Megillah’

Purim marks a milestone for the North Shore Hebrew Academy Middle School in Great Neck — the 18th year that eighth-graders and alumni, both Ashkenazic and Sephardic, will chant Megillat Esther …

an explainer

Where does Bibi stand on Palestinian statehood?

It wasn’t so long ago that most major Israeli politicians supported establishing a Palestinian state. Now it’s not clear that any of them do, including the current prime minister, …

opinion

J Street Birthright move affirms centrality of Zionism

The announcement from J Street that it plans to sponsor a free trip this summer for college-age students, to compete with the popular Birthright Israel program, provoked predictable outrage. Many …

2020

5 Jewish things about Beto O’Rourke

This is part of a continuing series on 2020 presidential hopefuls. To read more, visit TheJewishStar.com Add Beto O’Rourke to the already crowded field of Democratic candidates hoping to …

israel

Pot ‘settlers’ could sway Israel’s election

Stripping Israeli Arabs of citizenship. Eliminating the military draft. Refusing military aid from the United States. Oh, and legalizing marijuana. This is the party platform of Moshe Feiglin, who …

food

Chicken fricassee: An authentic Jewish classic

Some experts say that food isn’t love, but I disagree. The glorious memories I have of my mother’s chicken fricassee have everything to do with love. This dish of hers was beyond …

health mind and body

United Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma K-9s

United Hatzalah’s crew of canines, which operates throughout Israel, just got a big push from a dog-loving donor who saw the importance of the unit’s work. The unit, which has been …

torah

The destruction and self-destruction of war

This sedra, Tzav, speaking about sacrifices, prohibits the eating of blood: “Wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird …

israel

Egypt says it won’t save Hamas in a faceoff with Israel

Shortly after 9 pm on Thursday — minutes after sirens blared across central Israel and a loud boom overhead shook the area — senior Egyptian intelligence officers became outraged during a …

food

The secret ingredient for the very best schnitzel

If you love pickles, you might often be left with jars and jars of leftover pickle juice. Before you throw out that brine, there’s actually so many ways to use it. And while you can …

kosher kitchen

With Purim done, it’s time to jumpstart Pesach

It’s that time again — Purim is over, the costumes are away, and the shalach manot are almost gone! It is time to start using up the chametz and preparing for Pesach, as far in …

camera

Times rewrites Jaffa’s history

On April 26, 1948, General Sir Alan Cunningham, the British High Commissioner for Palestine, wrote to Arthur Creech-Jones, the colonial secretary, about the mass flight of Palestine’s …

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