A look at Jews, Ukrainians, and causes of past calamities

Review “Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-existence” by Paul Robert Magocsi and Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017. 320 pages. $44.95. The title — “Jews and Ukrainians,” and not something like “Ukrainian Jews and Ukrainian Christians” — tells us the book’s basic story. The Western concept of a Jewish American or a… Read More

Baking with strawberries

While strawberries are the essence of summer, they are as fleeting as the season. Once you buy strawberries, you must consume them in a couple of days or they turn from crisp, plump ruby berries to soft, withered, watery specimens. But there are ways to prolong the lifespan of strawberries. Before buying them, examine the… Read More

Can good barbecue be kosher? You be the judge

PHILADELPHIA — A Styrofoam box full of smoked brisket is being eyed by a line of people. To the uninitiated, it looks like a to-go box. But to the 26 participants of the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) certified judging class, it adds up to an abundance of questions, concerns and critiques. In typical Jewish… Read More

Love and whiplash with a mystical bent Review

“Bashert” by Herb Freed. Los Angeles: Bellrock Press, 2017. 325 pages. $14.95 As implied by its title, “Bashert” (soulmate) is a novel about love. But it comes with a distinctly mystical bent. Filmmakers Dan and Marion — the book’s protagonists — rush to the hospital to see the baby just born to their friends Steve… Read More