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December 31, 2009

Dec. 31: New Year’s Shabbat, Gay at YU, Food and Social Justice

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New Jewish food movement steps up focus on social justice

Conference leaders welcome attendees of the 2009 Hazon Food Conference in Pacific Grove, Calif. on Dec. 24, 2009.
Conference leaders welcome attendees of the 2009 Hazon Food Conference in Pacific Grove, Calif. on Dec. 24, 2009. (David Gartner / Hazon)
The new Jewish food movement, like the organics movement in general, has been called elitist, as it’s often more expensive than the conventional alternative — great for those who can afford it, but what of Jewish social justice values, such as feeding the poor? Read more »

Op-Ed: Gadhafi in my backyard

Disappointed by his elected representatives’ decision to allow a Libyan diplomat to move into his neighborhood, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach says he might run for public office himself. Read more »

On New Year’s Day, cheering for hands-on Judaism

The first day of the new year, a Friday night, is a perfect time to have a Shabbat with family and friends, and to bless the kids. Read more »

Editors’ Picks

YU’s gay panel (N.Y. Jewish Week)

Hundreds of people packed a panel discussion on “Being Gay in the Modern Orthodox World” held last week at Yeshiva University, the flagship institution of modern Orthodoxy.

Surviving the Nazis and turning 100 (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Less than 100 of the 30,000 Jews of the Galicia region of Poland survived World War II. One of them just celebrated her 100th birthday.

That’s why the Netanyahus look so good (Ynet)

At their own expense, Israel’s first couple reportedly has installed a small beauty salon in the prime minister’s residence.

Studying the Holocaust behind bars (Forward)

Beth Schwartzapfel goes to the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in upstate New York to sit in on a spirited discussion among prisoners enrolled in a college course called “Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.”

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