Pilgrimage Road

History’s honest road

The critics are right about U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s presence at the ceremonial opening of Jerusalem’s Pilgrimage Road being unprecedented. None of his predecessors …

mvp

Julian Edelman dons kippah on ‘The Late Show’

Three-time Super Bowl champion Julian Edelman, the only player who identifies as Jewish to be named the big game’s MVP, was handed a “Late Show” kippah by host Stephen Colbert last …

health mind and body

Work advances on new St. John’s Hospital emergency room

Facilities Manager Tom Farzetta whisked a reporter through the revamped emergency department at Far Rockaway’s St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, which now boasts a medical-surgery unit, a …

remembering

Deathbed Judaism

In a few months, Simone Azoubel will realize a lifelong dream and move to Israel with her husband. A 56-year-old Jewish woman from Recife in northern Brazil, Azoubel is brushing up on her Israeli …

summer

No summer getaway from Torah

With the start of summer, The Jewish Star is again pleased to publish a message by Rabbi Hershel Billet of the Young Israel of Woodmere. Rabbi Billet urges congregants to exercise both physical and …

sports

Patriots, with Edelman and Kraft, win Israeli hearts

As he coached young Israeli high school players during an American Football in Israel (AFI) scrimmage game in Jerusalem, Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman commented …

opinion

Don’t link Islamophobia with anti-Semitism

Somali-born congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has made a number of anti-Semitic remarks, is currently embroiled in controversy over her marriage history. When claims against her of bigamy and …

opinion

Time of miracles for US-Israel ties

Cherishing, promoting and safeguarding the U.S.-Israeli alliance is a personal matter for my husband Sheldon and me. Literally. Our marriage — of a sabra to a native of the United States, of …

jewish media

Fresh view from the Orthodox Union

The executive vice president of the Orthodox Union outlined a smörgåsbord of initiatives by his organization to tackle growing challenges in both Orthodox and …

kosher kitchen

2 summer delights: Avocados and ice cream

Summer time is ice cream time. It’s also fresh fruit and vegetable time, and drippy watermelon time, and real lemonade time. It is the perfect time for vegetarians to rejoice, and the perfect …

opinion

Gaza is nothing like Selma

When Hamas organized a “March of Return” on March 30, like the producers of a theatrical production, leaders of the terrorist group and their foreign enablers waited to see the returns …

summer

All I need to know I learned as a camp counselor

Even though I haven’t technically been a camp counselor for a decade or so, the role has never fully left me. Camp counseloring is an unassuming yet all-powerful part …

food

Guests for coffee? Serve classic marble pound

Two defining characteristics of Israeli culture are hospitality and spontaneity. Put those together and you end up with a lot of guests who just pop by for coffee and cake. As a host, you’d …

opinion

Freedom from religion doesn't mean minority rights

In the view of some ardent defenders of the separation between religion and state, there was no doubt that a war memorial in the form of a 40-foot-tall cross should not be allowed to stay on state …

opinion

Lessons from the Golan

Last month I was privileged to have been invited to a meeting of the cabinet of the government of Israel. The meeting — convened in an open field on the Golan Heights with pure air and …

kosher kitchen

Cheering our red, white and blue: Let’s cook!

It’s not too early to think about the Fourth of July, that red, white and blue holiday that celebrates the birth of our country. I love America, I love July 4th …

food

Kosher eatery combines gefilte and sushi in a roll

More than a dozen kosher eateries — selling pizza, bagels, falafel and schnitzel — dot Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills. But a newcomer is sure to turn some heads. Sushi Kingdom & …

torah

2 Jews, 3 opinions?

We all nod in agreement when we hear the phrase. We chuckle when we hear the anecdote about the Jew who was discovered after years of living alone on a desert island. His rescuers noticed that he had …


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Life and death are in the power of speech

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Beyond final encore: What culture brings to Jerusalem

Established in 1961 as a classical music festival in Caesarea, the Israel Festival, now in its 58th year and which runs this year from May 30 to June 15, was “relocated” to Jerusalem in …