The restaurant world has changed, at least for the discernible future, according to Christophe Goulle, GM at Stone Creek in Montgomery. Upbeat and without hanging crape, he had this to say: “We’ve never seen something like this. We have problems with deliveries, we have product that doesn’t …

In this season of holidays, we have a number of greetings and wishes available to us. A standard if uninspired option is “gut yóntif” (happy holiday). The more holiday-specific formulae come from Hebrew, as in “leshóne téyve” (literally, for a good year). A more expansive person might wish y…

Gottlieb, an avid baseball fan, calls his rabbi a few hours before KolNidre. “Rabbi, what am I going to do? It’s the playoffs tonight and I can’t miss the Red Sox–Yankees game.”

Made-to-order is and has been a catchphrase in the restaurant biz for who knows how long. Made-to-order is better than food that sits around under a warming light, waiting; no question. Christopher “CT” Todd, operating partner of Sugar n’ Spice, offered a variation on that theme during a rec…

A speaker once started his seminar by holding up a $100 bill. "Who would like this $100 bill?", he asked.

Last month I wrote about the Jewish calendar to explain why the holidays are so “early” this year. Rosh Hashana began the leap year 5782, but we won’t add the extra month to adjust the calendar until February. So, Sukkot starts Monday evening, September 20, which is still early for this autu…

This column is coauthored by Dr. Ruth Nemzoff and Matthew Robinson.

When my daughter was nine or ten years old, she had a moment of bliss brought to her by Dolly Parton. As a fourth grader, Lisa was required to read lots of library books, and that’s how a biography of the performer entered our lives. The book was called Coat of Many Colors. Lisa and I both r…

The following contemporary guide to Tashlich is attributed to the late Richard J. Israel. Tashlich is the custom of throwing bread crumbs into the water on the first day of Rosh Hashanah to symbolize the process of ridding ourselves of sin. Among his recommendations:

What do people mean when they tell you that “It is all in your head?” Usually, it is a disparaging remark. When you are complaining to them about a personal issue that you are experiencing - usually connected to anxiety or fear - people might respond by trying to convince you that the source…

“A cozy, relaxing bar,” is how Owner-Operator-Chef Laurent Degois of Chez Renée described Chez Albert, the place he and wife Catherine have been working at for more than a year now. “It is a French bar, not a sports bar, not a family bar. Only 21 and older. We do have TVs (two) but running s…

Every year, before Rosh Hashanah, Morry the shamash takes the synagogue’s Talleisim to Abe’s Dry Cleaning. For twenty-five years, Abe, a member of the Shull, has cleaned them for free. But Abe has retired and sold his business to a non-Jew. Morry brings in the prayer shawls as usual, explain…

The circle of life encompasses much in Jewish tradition.  For Mindy Cooper of Matt’s Bakery, that circle extends to recipes sent forward from a distant, often murky past.  Cooper is co-owner of Matt’s Bakery, along with husband Matt, who is chief baker of the eponymous enterprise. The apple …

Claustrophobia is a fear of closed spaces. Agoraphobia is a fear of open spaces. Humans and other species have a thing about space; the absence of it or too much of it can offer comfort or strike horror. Colors with which we paint or light our surroundings, and having plants and trees in our…

Have you ever tried to keep a scorecard at a Cincinnati Reds game? A play happens and you mark it on your scorecard. Then the official scorer for the game changes the call. You are writing in pen. You cross out your previous entry. You mess up your scorecard. 

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(Kveller/JTA) After Jewish actress and “Black Widow” star Scarlett Johansson, 36, revealed last month that she was pregnant with her second baby, we were excited to learn that she has recently welcomed her child into the world. Johansson’s husband, “Saturday Night Live” actor Colin Jost, 39,…

Time is infused with infinite spiritual richness, and each point in time is a wave that carries with it layers of depth. The cycle of holidays is a course of spiritual progression that we can tap into as we advance towards our ultimate personal and collective destination. The cycle of Torah …

It was a scene of tranquility as mother fiddled on her phone, grandma watched television and little Jonathan played on the floor. All at once there was a loud crash as the child knocked over the coffee table.

Before anyone panics, there will be NO changes at Marx Hot Bagels to the tuna salad, the egg salad and all the rest of everybody’s favorites. But the setting, the physical table-chair-counter inside of the bagel deli, is getting a total remodel, top to bottom, stem to stern.

One of Yiddish’s strengths lies in the many shades of its affective dispositions. Simple statements are of course possible. But why just say something when you can also tell us what you think about it. If you walk into a room and find me reading you might ask, “Léyenstu a bikhl?” (Are you re…

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(JTA) In her fifth Olympic appearance, Sue Bird made history: She won her fifth gold medal, the only basketball player — men’s or women’s — ever to achieve that feat.

Before Adam sinned, he looked nothing like you or I do today. When we look at one another, all we see is flesh and bone, but if you looked at Adam before he sinned, his appearance was angelic, transcendent, luminescent. The midrash says that he wore kosnos ohr, skin of light. When you looked…

A hotel guest was greatly disturbed one night by a series of incessant jumps and bumping that appeared to proceed from the room directly overhead. In the morning he complained to the hotel manager, and asked to have the mystery cleared up. A little later the manager brought a Jewish-looking …

(JTA) After failing to make the indoor volleyball team for the 2016 Olympics, Alix Klineman decided she would switch her sport to beach volleyball. She explained, “I looked at the beach as a new opportunity and a chance to chase my dreams without anybody having to give me approval or put me …

Rosh Hashanah is coming very early this year   — Erev Rosh Hashanah falls on Monday, September 6 – Labor Day.

“We’re one of the only places where you can get a lot of the traditional foods that come out at Rosh Hashanah,” says Karen Chriqui, who, along with husband Avner, owns and operates Kinneret Grill in the Dillonvale shopping center.  

Question: I am an incoming college freshman from an interfaith family, and one of my parents’ religions is Judaism. My parents decided not to raise me in either faith when I was younger, and as a result, I have only a rudimentary understanding of Jewish history and culture. I have never been…

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(JNS) Rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram won a gold medal for Israel in the Tokyo Olympics on August 7th, beating out stiff competition in three separate routines with hoops, ball and ribbon.

Back in 2014, when Ward Bahlman decided he’d hitch his star to a Breadsmith franchise, he wanted his son, Will, to go to bakers’ training with him. “Okay, I’ll go,” Will said, but stated his allegiance to the BBQ place where he was working at the time.  Will was not planning on changing from…

I was really looking forward to the week of June 10-17. That would be one week that the Rabbinical Yeshiva, where I work, would be out of session and Cincinnati Hebrew Day School — where my children attend — would be in session. I kept on thinking about the things that I would like to catch …

The true adventures of Gidon Lev: rascal, Holocaust survivor, optimist, by Julie Gray with Gidon Lev

A Sunday school teacher asked a boy: “Who defeated the Philistines?”

Did you know that comedian, Jay Leno, has a car collection worth over fifty-two million dollars? The exact number of vehicles fluctuates because he is routinely buying and selling, but according at one count in April, 2021, there were 181 cars and 160 motorcycles. 

Bernie, an old Jew who has spent many years in the clothing business, is retiring. His friends ask him, “What’re you gonna do after you retire?”

I was young and thought I was "athletic", depending upon who was offering an opinion. The origin of the word “athletic”, for what its worth, was the Latin word “athleticus”. I did take Latin in the 7th grade at Walnut Hills. The French word for athletic is “athletique”, I did not take French…