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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Pears, Breasts, and Life

January 31, 2011
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At 76 years old, the work of Linda Pastan–two-time National Book Award finalist and the former poet laureate of Maryland–is still playful and sensual. For instance, the poem “Pears” from her new collection Traveling Light dangles both erotic imagery and biblical allusions. “Some say it was a pear Eve ate,” she muses. “Why else the…

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The Battle for Hebrew

January 28, 2011
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In 1509, Johannes Pfefferkorn–a former rabbi who became a Dominican monk–published a book called Judenspiegel, or Mirror of…

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The Number on Maude’s Arm

January 27, 2011
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The 1971 film Harold and Maude chronicles the friendship of a quirky, antisocial young man and an…

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Sleepless Nights

January 26, 2011
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The rabbis of the Talmud were very particular about their…

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Noshing and Plotzing

January 25, 2011
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What’s an appropriate age to teach kids a…

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Lean On Me

January 24, 2011
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Lean on me

The Tel Aviv-based hard rock band Monotonix is supported by…

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Horror Stories from the Bible

January 21, 2011
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These aren’t the Bible stories you grew up with. In…

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What Chutzpah!

January 20, 2011
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Is Chutzpah for real? Chutzpah is a self-proclaimed “Jewish…

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The Mystical Side of Trees

January 19, 2011
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Tu Bishvat is the New Year of the Trees,…

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Jerusalem in the Future

January 18, 2011
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Jerusalem in the future

What will Jerusalem look like in 100 years? That was…

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Strange Fruit

January 17, 2011
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The song “Strange Fruit,” one of the most…

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Real Girls in Trouble

January 14, 2011
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Human trafficking is a huge problem throughout the…

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