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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for April 19, 2013

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An Israeli national sandwich, coming to a plate near youMichael Natkin JTNews ColumnistSabich was a popular ShabIf you cant find amba, mix bat food for Iraqi Jews, and together diced fresh mango when they immigrated to with minced preserved lemon Israel and set up a community and a Sriracha-type hot sauce in Ramat Gan, the sandwich to taste. came with them. It has since gained widespread popularity. Sabich There is something about Makes 4 sandwiches the creaminess of the egg and Vegetarian; vegan if you omit the the fried goodness of the eggegg. Gluten-free if you omit the pita plant that work really well and serve as a salad. together, and then the gar- Jewish and 2 Roma tomatoes, finely diced nishes of Israeli salad (toma- Veggie 1/2 English cucumber, finely diced toes, cucumbers with a bit Juice of 1 lemon of lemon juice), hummus, 1-2 large eggplants, peeled and onions, pickles, parsley, and amba (picksliced 1/4" or so thick led mango) give your mouth the full Vegetable oil for frying Kosher salt workout of sweet, spicy, sour, herbacious, 4 hardboiled eggs, peeled and sliced smooth and crispy. Make a simple salad with the tomatoes, cucumber, and lemon juice, with salt to taste. Fry the eggplant in batches until thoroughly tender and browned; drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. While the eggplant is frying, put the eggs, tahini, parsley, onion, pickle, and amba in bowls. Toast or grill the pita bread. Let everyone build a sandwich with as much or as little of each ingredient as they please.Local food writer and chef Michael Natkin is the author of the recently released cookbook, Herbivoracious, A Flavor Revolution with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes, based on his food blog, herbivoracious.com.

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letters to the editorJudaism means advocating for human rights

Spring, rebirth: Life goes onRabbi Daniel A. Septimus Temple De Hirsch SinaiI have a confession to make. It has been several months since I consistently visited Seward Park in the morning, which was a part of my daily routine from the very first moment we arrived in Seattle. The temptations were there to distract me: The winter was miserable; I wanted to spend more time with my family in the morning; I wanted to get just a few more minutes of sleep. Just as the weather gets more and more intolerable, as we eagerly anticipate spring to reveal itself, nature is a reminder that things do come back to life, despite the length and harshness of winter. It was a walk through Seward Park that jogged my memory. Though I walked in very cold weather, which necessitated that I bundle up in several layers and put on my gloves, the trees and plants are blooming with beautiful colors, reminding me that no matter how harsh winter can be in Seattle, the cycle of life continues. The reemergence of nature after several months of dormancy serves as an example of how life goes on. Though times are tough in our lives we have worries about the continued economic crisis and other complexities of the world we, as human beings, through our efforts, can reemerge. Or, as we popularly say, life goes on. While it seems we have a Groundhog Day experience in Seattle, we emerge enlightened from season to season. Like a tree, we shed our leaves or a few branches, but the roots grow only stronger and trunks only thicker. In life our wisdom strengthens as we age. From a Jewish perspective, our understanding of Torah only becomes more complex and sophisticated. We learn from our mistakes and adapt to old and new circumstances. In times such as these, when our problems seem insurmountable, a positive comes from a challenge. We grow in our wisdom, and make tough choices for the future. The roots, the Torah and other traditional texts, remain the same. But the commentary and perspectives we add serve to augment what has been handed down to us from our ancestors. Our challenge is to remain positive and optimistic that things will get better. It requires a certain degree of faith, because we ultimately take the initiative. Like the cold and darkness of winter, there is seemingly little light to guide us. But just as God continues to give us the seasons to remind us of the cycle of life, God is with us throughout the good and bad times as well. God provides the light for us; we have to allow it to guide us through dark and cold times. And we have to be thankful for it in good times as well, for this light does not depend on the seasons. Gods light, in other words, transcends the natural cycle of the earth and universe, and therefore, is there to lead us at every moment. May God bless us with light in this season of rebirth. And may Gods light grant us the strength we need to make it through any season, both physical and emotional.

While Jews for Judaism (Missionary Impossible, March 22) staff present themselves in such a straight manner as to make their outreach success to young Jews (who are at highest risk for victimization by conversion campaigners) unlikely, they do offer an important if symbolic counter to legions of Jews for Jesus and numerous Christian church activists who spend tens of millions of dollars and untold work and volunteer hours annually targeting young MOTs. In the last year paid films placed by Jews for Judaism on YouTube have offered an important countermeasure to multitudes of Jews for Jesus and Aroodawakening ads placed on YouTubes pages where films of Jewish content, especially Shoah subject matter, are viewed. Using still pictures, Aroodawakening promotes the ancient canard that Jews and Romans caused Jesus crucifixion, and that Jews today are guilty of this crime. But this was great! I burst out laughing on reading that rabbi Skobac spent his first five years at Northwestern University shunning Judaism and advocating for human rights, even going on a three-week hunger strike. All power to the people, Rav Skobac! By advocating for human rights, the rabbi engaged in a very basic core Jewish value. For him to look back and say that he was shunning Judaism, inferred for not observing kashrut, Shabbat or putting on tefillin, is goofy. Each of the main groups of American Jews today has no shortage of human rights activism to choose from. We are landsmen across the denominational divide, from Renewal to Orthodox; the younger Jews who attend independent minyanim; and Jews who synagogue hop for services; and secular Jews. To not engage in supporting basic human rights needs is antithetical to Jewishness. Amidst our new cars, high-tech communication tools, social networking and vacations, theres need: Poverty, hunger, insufficient health care, education, literacy, clothing, shelter, homelessness, drug addiction, alcoholism, youth at high risk, disabled and elderly in need, millions in prison, and hundreds of thousands of survivors of shootings. Be a real Torah Jew! Help heal the world (tikkun olam) by volunteering (tzedakah)! If not now, when? Akiva Kenny Segan Seattle

WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We would love to hear from you! You may submit your letters to editor@jtnews.net. Please limit your letters to approximately 350 words. The deadline for the next issue is April 23. Future deadlines may be found online. The opinions of our columnists and advertisers do not necessarily reflect the views of JTNews or the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.

Who bombed Boston? Word for now is cautionRon Kampeas JTA World News ServiceANALYSISWASHINGTON (JTA) The day after the Boston Marathon bombing, President Obama called it an act of terrorism. What kind of terrorism, no one was ready to say a caution that derives from years of wrongful speculation that on occasion has ruined innocent lives. Hours after the attack Monday that killed three and injured scores, Obama in a television address refrained from using the word terrorism. He did use it Tuesday, but wrapped it deep in caveats. Given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism, Obama said in a White House briefing. Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror. What we dont yet know, however, is who carried out this attack or why; whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic; or was it the act of a malevolent individual. Thats what we dont yet know. Jewish groups and officials who track such incidents took the