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Rabbi Mary Zamore
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Ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Mary L. Zamore is the editor of "The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic" which was designated a finalist by the National Jewish Book awards.

Entries by Rabbi Mary Zamore

Communal Meals Without Plastic

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 9:58 AM

This week, throughout the world, synagogues and Jewish Community Centers will gather to mark Tu B'shevat, the birthday of the trees, by holding special sedarim, seders, modeled after the Passover ritual. Often directed at our children, these communal meals will feature four cups of wine or grape juice and will...

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Celebrating Imperfection

(2) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 8:20 AM

When I was a child, there was something magical about driving around at dusk. The sun would be setting, the sky slowly darkening into night, and folks would be turning on the lights in their houses. Yet, the time to draw the drapes had not yet come. This time of...

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New Year, Better Year

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 10:26 AM

The New Year has just begun, and after a destructive hurricane and the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., I find that many seasonal greetings are filled with heartfelt, prayerful wishes for a better year, rather than usual niceties.

My family and I recently volunteered, spending a Sunday cleaning up...

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Schlepping Kosher Meat to Camp

(13) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 1:11 PM

My husband and I just packed up our son for sleep-away camp and delivered him to Massachusetts for four weeks filled with fun, friends and frolicking. The preparation for camp can be a little intense as you try to check off all the items on the packing list. Summer clothes...

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Hanukkah, Hold the Oil

(8) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 12:00 PM

Sorry for being blunt, but I do not care for most Hanukkah foods. This is understandable, as I have a wildly strong sweet tooth and little lust for oily foods. I simply do not get it when my fellow Jews drool all over the latkes, the potato pancakes, they eagerly...

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The Meaning of Yom Kippur Fasting

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 6:00 PM

The New York Times recently featured an article that described the growing popularity of Yom Kippur break-fast parties. As it was reported, these parties at times overshadow or replace the actual rituals of Yom Kippur with some participants skipping prayer services and fasting altogether.

A great nosh...

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The Sacred Table: Biblical Wisdom vs. Disposable Products

(34) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 8:10 AM

Many, many years ago, when I was in college, I had a handful of friends who were hardcore environmentalists. They wore tie-dye, did not wear make-up or shave, and they carried around a cup and chop sticks. Sharing many of their core values, I admired these friends, but was too...

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Creating a Sacred Table: Be the High Priest of Your Grill

(31) Comments | Posted July 2, 2011 | 11:06 AM

It is time for the all-American barbeque! The guests are waiting, drinks in hand, standing besides bowls of chips, watching the host carefully preside over the food preparations. Tongs in hand, the modern American is king of the grill. But what if we strove to be high priests, not barbeque...

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