Where can we find you on a Friday night?
Chabad of DC is an vastly underrated Shabbos option. I love the small setting, the casual atmosphere, the awesome Shabbos meals and the deep commitment to G-d and Judaism of the congregation. Rabbis Shem Tov and Steiner, who lead the congregation, are dynamic, engaging, energetic individuals who make a super-human effort to reach out, in an accepting and non-judgmental way, to Jews who are on the edges of Jewish life and involvement.
Where is the most exciting place you have had kosher food?
You know, I was in Port Villa, Vanuatu (an island nation off of the Eastern coast of Australia) this past Winter. I’d brought along some food, but I was worried that I’d run out before I returned to Australia. So, I walked into a local supermarket, expecting to subsist on raw vegetables for the remainder of my trip. The first thing I saw, in a window outside the store, was a New York bagel chips display; the chips had an OU heksher. Inside, I found soup mixes, tuna, pita breads, pastas, sauces, etc, all of which had heckshers. There were even “Made in Vanuatu” products which were kosher. The moral of the story – if you really want to keep kosher ANYWHERE, you can.
If you could spend Rosh Hashana anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Jerusalem, and I’d bring my family.
Who’s your favorite Jewish Superhero?
I have two: 1. The IDF Soldier, who, in the face of insurmountable odds, accomplished the impossible, re-establishing and maintaining the Jewish state 2,000 years after its destruction. 2. One I knew personally – Private First Class Daniel J. Agami, United States Army – a Jewish and American hero who was killed in action on June 21, 2007.
If you could have Shabbat dinner with any Jew in the world, who would it be?
I already get that wish – my friends here in D.C. are the best Shabbos company there can be.