Vegan dinner, with options

I was asked to host a dinner for a group of neighbors recently. I happily agreed; it was a small party, and I am always eager to gather folks around a table. Then I learned that one of the guests was a vegan. Then the group expanded from 5 to 10. Then I discovered that… Read More

The lore and lure of the Southern-style mint julep

Pining for the regularity of traditional seasons, I find my mind turning to one of the greatest hot-weather cocktails of all time: the Southern-style mint julep. Little more than a concoction of whiskey, mint, ice, sugar and water, this mix becomes an enchanting, seductive ambrosia when mixed right: The tang of the mint perfectly balances… Read More

Even the soil of Israel must keep the Sabbath

This week’s Torah portion is Parshat Behar-Bechukotai, Leviticus 25:1-27:34. “I am the Lord your God who brought you forth from the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan to be your God.” (Leviticus 25:38) Citing the verse above from this week’s Torah reading, our Sages make the striking declaration that only one… Read More

Obituaries for May 18, 2017

Janis Orleans Brown Janis Orleans Brown, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died on May 1. She was 72 years old. Born in Gainesville, Texas, she was raised in Silver Spring. She graduated from Montgomery Blair High School. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Maryland. She held both clinical and administrative… Read More

Rod Rosenstein played outfield in the Rockville JCC softball league and other fun facts about the man who wrote the Comey takedown memo

Mystery solved! Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who played a central role in James Comey’s firing, used to play center field in a softball league at what is now the Bender Jewish Community Center in Rockville. Or maybe right field. Or maybe short left. It’s unclear. What is clear is that the man overseeing… Read More