Imagine the response one might receive from a second-grade lad or lass if asked to guess what “ratatouille” means. My own field of misconceptions includes thinking that ratatouille originated in Italy. Turns out, the dish is French, generally believed to have taken shape in and around Nice i…

Hy and Miriam had only been married for ten days and their wedded life was all sugar and spice and everything nice. So it was only natural that when Hy came home from work and found his bride in tears he took her in his arms and consoled her tenderly.

As nature barrages us with its many signs of “fríling” (Spring), those of us not incapacitated by “mayóve kadókhes” (hay fever) will want to greet the season by emerging from our wintry (and Covid) confinements. Though still masked, we will be tempted also to greet our neighbors. A few words…

Restaurants come and go, and the comings and goings too often are spaced remarkably close together — here today, gone tomorrow. So, when an 80-year anniversary is celebrated in the restaurant biz, that is a big deal. Sugar n’ Spice on Reading Road is an octogenarian this year, having been fo…

A boy is born locked inside of a small house, with no windows and no way out. He is provided with food and clothing, as well as books and some toys for entertainment, but that is all. He never once sees the outside world, never once sees anything beyond his extremely limited surroundings. Ra…

Question: My grandmother and I are having the same problem. Both of our lives were very much intertwined with our Jewish practice. As a student, the first thing I did on campus was go to Hillel, and I’ve been going to Shabbat services every week until Covid hit. Now, I not only lost the bene…

The idea of offering pizza at a bagel shop has led to a serendipitous development, according to Y.Y. Davis, owner-operator of Marx Hot Bagels. “We’ve been thinking about pizza for a long time,” he said, speaking about adding that item to other meal menu choices offered at his bagel-centric d…

A boy looked up from the editorial page of the newspaper he had been reading.

In the documentary, “The Social Dilemma,” viewers are asked whether checking their cell phone was the first thing they did upon waking or the second: the implication is these are the only two choices. Not-so-humorously, this is asked as a part of a discussion about online addiction, and of c…

Many schools have a “theme of the year” that plays a central role in the education of the children. A few years ago, some of my children were learning in the local “Ohr Torah of Cincinnati” Montessori school and one of the constant themes was “attitude of gratitude” i.e. opening the eyes of …

Frank and Lena are in their retirement home down in Florida. Frank calls his son and says, “Look, son, I’ve been married for forty-five years to your mother—I cannot take it anymore! I’m out of here! I can’t take the kvetching and the criticism. I’m getting my own apartment. I’m leaving.”

(JTA) — “Shtisel,” the Israeli television series about a haredi Orthodox family that is popular around the world with both Jews and non-Jews, is being adapted into an American version.

We all want to share deep and thoughtful ideas at the Seder in order to enhance the experience. I hope these two short Divrei Torah will aid you on your journey towards a meaningful, transformative Seder night.

Jan M. Frankel and John G. Cobey announce the birth of their grandson Leo Benjamin Cobey on November 20, 2020. Leo’s parents Ariel Schneier and David Cobey and two-year-old sister Elia live in Seattle. David grew up in Cincinnati, is a 2007 graduate of Princeton University and received his M…

We are obsessed with food. Its even part of our lexicon. Colloquial expressions like  “three squares” “lamebrain” ”chow” and ” burger-flipper” exemplify how we use food sayings everywhere. 

I have an opportunity to write a sports column for the Israelite. What follows is a quick journey back in time to when I began to write for fun.

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From scratch is always better where food is concerned, don’t you think? For Erika Hecht and her extended family, that is the essence of Sweet Butter Bakery, a new venture that tastes like success to me. Her “from scratch” recipes we tasted are marvelous. More about the tastes in a minute. He…

Ancient history? Today, January of last year—2020—seems like ancient history to many of us; those halcyon days before the corona virus pandemic grabbed the world by its collective throat. Truly ancient history, though, is part of our present days through the foods we eat, and the methods use…

Now that we are a year into this “pandémye” (pandemic) and can begin to see a wee glimmer of hope in the distance I’d like to take a few moments to talk about some Yiddish expressions for illness. Ill health and sicknesses (“kránkaytn” or “krénken”) were perennial concerns for the Jews of Ea…

The month of March (and into April as well) is ideal for trying the at-home convenience meals being offered by Kinneret Grill, according to Karen Chriqui, head of the up-scale eatery. For what remains of March and into April, Chriqui said this: “We’re going to be doing our brisket specials, …

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Don’t freak out about what to eat during Pesach. Unless bread and pasta make up your entire diet, even the more restrictive Pesach rules leave plenty of choices.

Question: I’m hosting my very secular family for Passover. Because last year was such a success — thanks to its video-chat format, the whole mishpacha (family) could actually be together — we’ve decided we’re definitely doing Passover together again. We’re still figuring out if it’ll be safe…

Clara was simply ecstatic as her suitor, on his knees, proposed marriage. Never had he or anyone else spoken so beautifully to her. His voice was like a tender caress, his words as delicate as rose petals.

Parshas Vayakhel opens with the command to keep Shabbos, a focal point of Jewish life. As Shabbos occupies one seventh of our lives, and much of Judaism centers around its observance, let us delve into its inner meaning in order to gain a deeper understanding of this unique and beautiful day.

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(JTA) — Israeli actress Shira Haas, best known internationally for her star turn in Netflix’s “Unorthodox,” will portray Israel’s only female prime minister, Golda Meir, in an upcoming TV series.

Few of us may have the pipes to sing as did Julie Andrews when she intoned “these are a few of my favorite things” to the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music. But most everyone has them—favorite things, that is.  Two of mine are pie and bread, and probably most diners-out feel the same …

Parenting on a prayer: ancient Jewish secrets for raising modern children, by Amy Grossblatt Pessah

 A poor Jew walking in the forest feels close enough to God to ask, “God, what is a million years to you?”

For the past few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about birthdays. Firstly, on February 10, 28 of Shevat, I celebrated my fortieth birthday and it was quite a reflective experience of what I would like the next forty years to look like. In addition, we are approaching the holiday of Pesach.…

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I have often talked about – and been teased about – the idea of keeping a list called “These People Are My Friends.” But I think it’s a great idea. When I am flying high emotionally, it helps me figure out the exact right person to join me for a specific adventure. After all, not everyone wa…

Pandemics bring changes, no question. We all know about the hard times that have beset America’s economy, and perhaps nowhere is the pain more evident than in the local restaurant biz.  But there are some quirky upsides to report also.  One of those is the Izzy’s chain of eateries, where san…

It is my belief that healthcare is a human right that should be guaranteed by the federal government of every country. Having lived in both the United States and Israel, I have had first-hand experience with the difference universal healthcare can make in the quality of an individual’s life.

Daniel Louis Brook and Jaclyn (Jackie) Jean Serpico were married on October 20, 2018 at the Columbus Grange Insurance Audubon Center by Rabbi Jessica Shimberg of Kehilat Sukkat Shalom a Reconstructionist and Renewal Community in Columbus, Ohio. They were engaged in the spring 2017. Daniel an…

As we experience Purim and our victory over Haman, let us delve deeper into the unique spiritual and existential battle that the Jewish People must continue to wage against the philosophy of Amalek. Amalek first appeared on the scene when they attacked the Jewish People in the midbar (desert…