Monthly Archives: December 2010

A New Year Every Day

December 31, 2010
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A new year every day

Many Jews try not to make a big deal out of the New Year–at least, the one that starts on January 1. After all, we’ve already celebrated the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, a few months ago. But in actuality, traditional Judaism loves the concept of New Years. In Talmudic Judaism, there are four New Years: one…

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The Fastest Draw in the Shul

December 30, 2010
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the fastest draw in the shul

Here’s one part of the Wild West that the Frisco Kid never saw. Rabbi Harvey, the comic…

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The Mongrel Jews

December 29, 2010
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The Mongrel Jews

The self-described “street folk” band The Mongrel Jews plays old-fashioned folk and bluegrass music. Though they’ve started…

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What Shape Is Your Food?

December 28, 2010
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what shape is your food

Kosher symbols, called hekshers, appear on all sorts of…

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Tracking Down the Messiah

December 27, 2010
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Tracking down the messiah

Like many scholars in the Talmud, Rabbi Joshua Ben…

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Theodor Herzl’s Christmas Tree

December 24, 2010
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Theodor Herzl's Christmas tree

Jews have devised all sorts of mechanisms for…

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Rapping to the Good Book

December 23, 2010
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Rapping the good book

When’s the last time you danced up a…

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War, Peace, and Poetry

December 22, 2010
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war peace3 and poetry

Though the Israeli poet Dahlia Ravikovitch (1937-2005) was named for…

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No One Is All Bad

December 21, 2010
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No one is all bad

Like any compelling story, the saga of the…

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An Unexpected Yiddish Balladeer

December 20, 2010
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An Unexpected Yiddish Balladeer

Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was an African-American singer, actor, and…

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A Zodiac for the Jewish Deli

December 17, 2010
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There’s always been a healthy, productive relationship between…

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Rolling on Shabbos

December 16, 2010
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rolling on shabbos

The 1998 Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski has become…

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