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Calorific!

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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There are many differences between religions, but there’s one thing that we all believe in – and practice. Holidays are a time when counting calories is forbidden. You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate a deep fried dough, sprinkled with powder sugar on top, with strawberry jam inside. Each traditional Jewish Jelly doughnut (Sufganiyah), […]

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40 years and counting

Posted on 03. Dec, 2009 by .

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It’s been almost 40 years since he was back from the jungles of Vietnam, but the war is still present in William Mendez’s life. It’s not only the nightmares and flashbacks, the memories, and the loss of good friends that occupy his mind. It’s the actual physical pain and therapy that are part of this […]

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Thanksgiving for All

Posted on 28. Nov, 2009 by .

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Holidays and sports events are the best way to get a better understanding of a foreign culture, to immerse in a new territory. In this case, the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are Americanism in a nutshell. The worlds biggest and most boiling melting pots, seams to be as unified as the People’s Republic of […]

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My home, my beat, and whatever is in between

Posted on 21. Nov, 2009 by .

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Israel and Brooklyn may have a lot in common, but Tel Aviv and Borough Park could not be more culturally distinct. When I asked to cover CD 12- Borough Park, Brooklyn, I had no idea I was about to get acquainted with the largest Hassidic community outside of Israel. I wasn’t aware of the existence […]

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Bloggers, Radio, and Taboo Breaking

Posted on 15. Nov, 2009 by .

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Sex abuse, is a difficult issue to discuss let alone to report on, in any community or circumstances. Within an orthodox religious community, like the one in Borough Park, Brooklyn, it may even be regarded as Taboo. Well, not anymore. Today, you can freely talk, blog about it, read about it in the New York […]

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Borough Park – the post election post that wasn’t written

Posted on 07. Nov, 2009 by .

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The end of it was, that mayor Bloomberg won four more years in New York City, surprisingly by a very small margin, thanks to the orthodox community in Borough Park. That’s one story. A non story. But then, there’s the “on the other hand” part. The Jewish , white, higher income voters, much of who […]

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A Chess Master's Tale

Posted on 05. Nov, 2009 by .

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If you’ve been to Union Square, in the late afternoon of any season, you must have seen around the front steps, near Broadway and 14th street, duos of chess players lined up. One of them is a small man, who wears small reading glasses and sits on a milk cart, smoking one cigarette after another. […]

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If this is New Utrecht, I don't want to see the old one.

Posted on 31. Oct, 2009 by .

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Being underground this week, on a rainy stormy weather, could have been a comforting thought, or at least not the worst part of my reporting day. It usually feels safer. In the case of riding the N train to Borough Park,Brooklyn, the concept of safety and the N line are running in parallel lines. The […]

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Purell Pandemic

Posted on 25. Oct, 2009 by .

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Forget about the Taliban and Al Qaeda – the War on swine flu is officially on as Obama declares Swine Flu A National Emergency . Are we in clear and present danger or is this just a technical, bureaucratic stage to help hospitals treat whichever influenza is out there? Is this a war America can […]

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A Woman’s Nation emerges from a failing Man’s Economy

Posted on 17. Oct, 2009 by .

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Tomorrow, October 18th, the “Woman’s Nation” project kicks off. Maria Shriver will appear on “Meet the Press” to discuss her report on how times have changed, for women in America. In NBC’s week-long series exploring the state of women in American life Shriver will argue that the fact that women are now 50% of America’s […]

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