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Welcoming Myself Back to My Journalistic Roots

I got my start in a contentious corner of the Jewish press. It’s good to be here again.

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Pickling Pioneer Preaches Gospel of Fermentation

When it comes to brines, Sandor Katz bubbles with enthusiasm

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The Bialy—the Bagel’s Long-Neglected Cousin—Tries for a Comeback

At Kossar’s on the Lower East Side, new owners hope that combining a new look with old recipes will save bialys from extinction

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Henry Roth Slept With His Sister and His Cousin

Now that you know the novelist’s incestuous secrets, is his newly reissued ‘Mercy of a Rude Stream’ quartet worth reading or not?

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Seeking Knishes, Finding Lobster Rolls

New England native finds two kinds of comfort food on the Lower East Side

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Jewish-Themed Movies, Without Jews

Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and James Gray’s ‘The Immigrant’: period fantasies that shy away from real Jews

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Joaquin Phoenix Is His Doppelganger

Director James Gray talks about basing ‘The Immigrant’ on his own family history on the Lower East Side

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Animating the Love, Hope, and Despair of the Forward’s Legendary Advice Column

In ‘A Bintel Brief,’ Liana Finck draws a love-letter to the cowards, stoolies, brides, and sons who inspired Abraham Cahan

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Now Your Home Can Smell Like Katz’s Deli

They’re selling a chocolate egg cream scented candle

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New Film Tells the Story of New York’s Russ & Daughters

‘The Sturgeon Queens’ documents 100 years of the iconic appetizing shop

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Tenement Museum Planning Major Expansion

The $8 million project means more space for the Lower East Side institution

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NYC Probably Not Getting ‘Beastie Boys Square’

Community board halts plan to rename Lower East Side intersection

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Stanley Fischer’s Fed Nod; Iran and Russia’s Deal

Plus Dieudonne fans hack French pro-Israel sites, and more in the news

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Bloomberg’s Tab; Suicide Bombings Rattle Russia

Plus more U.S. universities slam ASA Israel boycott, and more in the news

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Katz’s Deli Hawking Sweet $5,000 Nike Shoes

That’s at least 100 corned beef sandwiches!

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A Pilgrimage to the Vanishing Streets of My Grandmother’s Lower East Side

My family’s history gave me a pedigree as a Jewish New Yorker—until a visit revealed how quickly the past disappeared

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NYC Synagogue President in $25 Million Feud

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Hagler sued by board members

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How To Give Your Kids a Taste of the Jewish Immigrant Experience

Even though it’s just a few blocks from our home, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum gave my girls a chance to time-travel

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‘Lobsters & Latkes’ Invade the Lower East Side

Essex restaurant is having the least Jewish Hanukkah party ever

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Don’t Worry, The Knish Isn’t Going Anywhere

Why a recent fire at a major knish factory isn’t the end of the fried potato pie

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Documenting a New York City Matzoh Institution

Two young filmmakers are bringing the story of Streit’s Matzo Factory to life

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A Modesty Battle Unfolds Over a Beyonce Ad

Some in the Lower East Side clamor for Destiny’s Sheitel

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Hope for Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

An update on Friday’s big story

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Rabbi Threatens Landmarked Shul

The leader of a historic Lower East Side synagogue wants to tear it down to build luxury condos

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The Jewish Brando

John Garfield, the tough, underrated Hollywood star who would have turned 100 today, embodied Jewish pride

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Daybreak: Israelis Hit The Polls

Plus President Obama kicks off second term

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Daybreak: Gaza Rockets End, Israel Mulls

Plus the brother of the Toulouse gunman speaks

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Video: Katz’s Deli By Candlelight

The iconic Lower East Side deli keeps serving after Hurricane Sandy

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How to Help Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

New Yorker or Israeli, Jewish or Gentile, here are ways to aid those impacted

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Childhood Memories for Resale

A thrift shop in New York’s East Village holds the story of my kids’ early years, and of a changed neighborhood

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