A Noble Sanctuary
Cookin' Up A Winner
Jews go on strike once a
there was always a place in
time you could go to, a
week, not to protest, but to
sanctuary, where you
observe Shabbat. "It's to
wouldn't be thinking or
make a declaration that,
worrying about weekday
indeed, we believe there is a
matters, where you'd be
God," Rabbi Mordechai
elevated to a level of nobili-
Becher told a lunchtime
ty," the rabbi said.
audience hosted by Ohr
That sanctuary is
a time for step-
ping back from the static
The Australian-born lecturer
of the workweek, for defer-
for Ohr Somayach
International spoke about Shabbat as a ring mastery over the world to God
and for embracing the pearls burrowed
special time to spiritually refuel and
deep in your soul.
recharge. About 100 people attended
Rabbi Becher put it this way:
the Jan. 13 lecture at the Max M.
"One day a week, we refrain from
Fisher Federation Building in
exhibiting our mastery of the world
and we say, 'God, You are the Creator.'
Shabbat is so central to Judaism, it's
That's really the essence of what
part of the Ten Commandments:
Shabbat is about: God is asserting his
"Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep
ownership of the world. He's saying,
`One day a week, I want you to just
"No matter what conditions we
be. Just live. Be there. Exist without
were living under, no matter how
much poverty there was, no matter
— Robert A. Sklar, editor
how much anti-Semitism there was,
In a kitchen somewhere in
Detroit may be a file card
with the best kosher chick-
en soup recipe in America.
Amateur cooks, age 18
and older, have been invit-
ed to find out by taking the
Shabbat Across America
Chicken Soup Challenge.
Sponsored by the National Jewish
Outreach Program (NJOP) in New
York, the contestant who submits the
best original kosher recipe will win a
trip for two to Israel. Five finalists will
be selected by contest judge Jeff
Nathan, author of Adventures in Jewish
Cooking, chef-host of public televi-
sion's nationally broadcast gourmet
cooking series New Jewish Cuisine and
resident chef on www.Jewish.com
The finalists will compete in a cook-
off on Tuesday, Feb. 24, dubbed by
contest sponsors "Soup-er Tuesday"
because it will be held the week before
the presidential primary election in
New York. The cook-off will take
place at Abigael's Restaurant where
Nathan, who is executive
chef, will oversee a panel of
The Chicken Soup
Challenge is sponsored in
conjunction with NJOP's
eighth annual Shabbat
Across America event to be
held Friday evening, March 12.
Recipe entries are due by Feb. 2.
Limit one per person.
To enter online, access the Web site
To enter by mail, fax or e-mail: print
— on an 8 1 6-by-11 sheet of paper —
the recipe, your name, address, e-mail
address, date of birth and day and
night telephone numbers, and send to:
Shabbat Across America's Chicken
Soup Challenge, 989 Sixth Ave, 10th
Floor, New York, NY 10018. Fax:
(646) 871-0100. E-mail address:
— Shelli Liebman Dorfman,
ty can do research, participate in
seminars or simply read and relax in
the new setting.
To ensure the development of the
resource area, the center created a
Bonim [builders'] Fund.
Upcoming events include lectures
by Judith Baskin of the University of
Oregon on the attitude toward
women in the rabbinic literature;
Israel's former director general of the
ministry of foreign affairs Shlomo
Avineri, now of Hebrew University,
who will commemorate Zionist
visionary Theodor Herzl; and
Hubert G. Locke of University of
Washington, who will speak on
African-American perspectives on
the Holocaust and the Armenian
Genocide. WSU's Dora Apel of the
Art History Department will speak
about Holocaust art at the first fac-
ulty seminar in the new quarters in
The center will hold an open
house in March. For information,
call (313) 577-2679.
— Sharon Luckerman, sta writer
WSU's Cohn-Haddow Center Expands
For 14 years, the Cohn-Haddow
Center for Judaic Studies at Detroit's
Wayne State University was relegat-
ed to a cramped and windowless
office on the edge of campus.
This month, the center moved to
the heart of the university in the
The new office is roughly three
times the size of the old — with
three windows that overlook the
"We now can entertain visitors to
the campus without fearing our
guests will trip over boxes and
books," said Sandy Loeffler, admin-
istrative assistant to director and his-
tory professor David Weinberg.
More importantly, the new quar-
ters will allow the center to realize a
long-held dream of its founders — a
Judaic resource center at WSU.
Unlike other libraries on campus,
the Cohn-Haddow Center will be
stocked with the latest books, jour-
nals and interactive media in the
field of Jewish studies, Loeffler said.
Faculty, students and the communi-
Which faith community in Israel observes Yom
Kippur — but on a different date than that set by
the rabbinical authorities?
The wife of a fella named Dwight
Said, "Hartseniu,* this isn't right.
You sit noshing** lahtkehs***
Alone in your gahtkehs****
Tsplotzed un tsshprungen***** all night.
— Martha Jo Fleischmann
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nibbling or snacking on
*** traditional Chanukah fried potato pancakes
**** long underwear
***** (idiomatic) filled to bursting
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