Drawing close to holiness

This week’s Torah portion is Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26. This week, we begin the book of Vayikra. Its English title, Leviticus, comes from its Greek name, which was based on the fact that much of the book concerns rituals performed by the Levites. Since this the third of the five books, it traditionally was the first… Read More

Obituaries for March 30, 2017

Woman who earned doctorate 80 years after Nazis’ denial, dies at 104 Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport, a German neonatologist who passed her doctoral defense exam nearly eight decades after she was denied the opportunity by the Nazis, has died at 104. She reportedly died March 23 in Berlin. A funeral will be held in the German capital… Read More

8 Passover tidbits

On Passover, Jews tackle big issues — the Exodus from Egypt — and small — the amount of matzah that should be eaten along with the blessing. But the trivial? Yes, there’s room for the trivial too in the spring festival of freedom that begins at sundown April 10. Here are eight bits of Passover… Read More

God’s mercy through a magnifying glass

This week’s Torah portion is Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11-34:35. The generation of Israelites that left Egypt and sojourned in the desert for 40 years has a notorious reputation. Though they were privileged to be redeemed from centuries of bondage, though they received the Torah at Mt. Sinai, they are known as Dor Hamidbar, the Generation… Read More

Don’t swallow this age-old whiskey myth

One of the most consistent trends in the global whiskey market over the last is the development of non-age statement (NAS) whiskies. Since whiskey is years in the making, it can be very hard to forecast appropriately enough into the future to determine an optimum level of production to quench consumer thirst. Yet another example… Read More

Obituaries for March 16, 2017

Alan Colmes, sparring partner of Fox’s Sean Hannity, dies Alan Colmes, the longtime, moderate liberal sparring partner of Fox News’ Sean Hannity, died of lymphoma on Feb. 23, The New York Times reported. He was 66. His death was confirmed by his wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley, a professor of public policy at Rutgers University. The… Read More