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Turning the Tables: Leftover, not Left Out

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 6:09am -- Rabbi Noah Farkas

Jews across the world today will participate in the second-most-common spring ritual — lugging to work and parks brown-bag lunches filled with leftover turkey or brisket and some matzah. Last year at a local farm (a favorite spot for kids on spring break), a group of friends in Los Angeles set up a kind of “leftover shuk” where families traded their cold seder delicacies in hopes of finding something new and tastier. Most of us don’t like leftovers — they smack of age and rejection. Nobody wants to eat that again.

Turning the Tables: Is a Jellyfish Potato Kosher?

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 1:02pm -- Rabbi Noah Farkas

Out here in California, there’s a policy debate heating up about the labeling of Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs). Take the fantastical glow-in-the-dark potato made with jellyfish genes, for example. Scientists claim that by reading the fluorescence on the leaves of this engineered potato, farmers can reduce water usage by glowing when they are ripe. Proposition 37 on the November ballot would require any food containing GMOs like this potato, to sport a special label.

Shabbat Shalom--June 17-18, 2011

Thu, 06/16/2011 - 8:23pm -- Rabbi Noah Farkas

Shelach Lecha 5771
Rabbi Noah Zvi Farkas

A good friend once told me that the best way of being a tourist in a new place is by getting lost.  He’s right.  The first day I moved to New York City, I put on my headphones, filled my water bottle and headed south on Broadway.  As I walked, I was overwhelmed by the sheer mass of cars, people, and buildings.  With music moving in my head, I cast my eyes upward at the canyon formed by the walls of so many tall buildings.  Soon enough, I got lost.  

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