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How Berlin Came to Host the Biggest Shabbat Ever

Berlin Just Hosted the Biggest Shabbat Meal Ever

By On August 7, 2015

The logistics of a big Shabbat meal can be a bit daunting—especially so when over 2,000 Jewish men and women attend. On a recent evening in Berlin, exactly 2,322 Jews converged for… Read More

For a More Kosher Scooter (In Case You Think You Need One)

Think You Need a Kosher Scooter?

By On July 2, 2015

Introducing the “halachically-approved” Amigo Shabbat motorized scooter! All you have to do is change your toggle from “normal” to “Shabbat” mode, and you’re off to synagogue. The Amigo Shabbat is authorized by… Read More

A Sephardic Prayer Service for Insomniacs

A Sephardic Prayer Service for Insomniacs

By On June 24, 2015

Can’t sleep? Instead of shuffling to the freezer or watching this live walrus cam, you could be getting a jump start on your prayers. That is, if you happen to live near… Read More


Brooklyn’s Weekly Shabbos Air Raid Siren

By On June 13, 2014

How do you prepare for Shabbat? Maybe by kneading some challah, inviting some friends to lunch. Probably not by blacking out your windows and hiding under the bed. But on Friday afternoons in parts… Read More


“I UNPLUG TO . . . cuddle”

By On February 19, 2013

Being connected 24/7 is practically a requirement for the 21st-century American worker. Some—like Officer Jeffrey Allen who’s making news for suing the Chicago Police Department for requiring him to check his BlackBerry off the… Read More


Reasons for Cholent

By On July 20, 2012

Mark Kurlansky’s book Edible Stories (2010) is an indulgence for book-nerds and foodies: It’s a collection of 16 interrelated stories, each named after (and starring) a certain kind of food. Most of the featured cuisine tends to… Read More


Do Jews Meditate?

By On February 15, 2012

How did the prophets of the Bible receive their prophecy? Aryeh Kaplan, who was a rabbi, author, and physicist, responds to this question at the start of his book Meditation and the Bible. He suggests that meditation is… Read More


A Brief History of Gefilte Fish

By On February 10, 2012

The #1 reason gefilte fish is served at Shabbat dinner tables these days might be, in the words of Fiddler on the Roof, tradition! Originally, however, the dish that we currently call gefilte (a word meaning “stuffed”) was embraced… Read More


Shabbat Without a Sun

By On November 3, 2011

The film 30 Days of Night tackled the perplexing question: What do vampires do in northern Alaska, where the sun doesn’t show for an entire month? (Answer: they have a huge feast.) But it calls to… Read More


“Faking” Jewish

By On May 19, 2011

While still a high school student, Ariel Schrag became famous for publishing a series of comic-book memoirs. Some were funny, others were racy, but they all had a breathless immediacy. In the short comic “The Chosen,”… Read More