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TV’s Favorite Alaskan Kaddish

By On October 24, 2016

What do you do when you need a minyan and you’re in a remote Alaskan village, with no other Jews? This might not seem like the most obvious premise of a prime-time… Read More

The Ancient Belief in Jewish Bones Tunneling to Jerusalem on Judgment Day
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The Ancient Belief in Jewish Bones Tunneling to Jerusalem on Judgment Day

By On July 29, 2016

Life in ancient Palestine was rough. The Jews who left for Babylonia tended to have it easier, living under kinder rulers than those in Roman and Byzantine Palestine. But those Palestinian Jews… Read More

Why Sinatra's Body Was Hidden in a Jewish Funeral Home
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Why Sinatra’s Body Was Hidden in a Jewish Funeral Home

By On January 19, 2016

Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday (on December 12, 2015) has brought on a flurry of centennial celebrations, books, exhibits and The Sultan of Swoon-inspired concerts. Jack Daniel’s even issued a Sinatra Century blend… Read More

How to Prepare Your Mother's Body For Burial
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How to Prepare Your Mother’s Body for Burial

By On July 27, 2015

It’s said that the members of a hevra kaddisha, or a Jewish burial society, perform the “ultimate kindness” — that is, helping another person who’ll never be able to repay the favor.… Read More

Gehazi The Unfairly Punished
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Gehazi The Unfairly Punished

By On November 21, 2014

Part 4 of 4 in this week’s “How a Jew Gets Screwed for Eternity” series. Poor Gehazi. Sure, he wasn’t a nice guy. Callous, avaricious, a bit of a jerk. But was he… Read More

Doeg the Edomite (and Priest Slayer)
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Doeg the Edomite (and Priest Slayer)

By On November 20, 2014

Part 3 of 4 in this week’s “How a Jew Gets Screwed for Eternity” series.  Doeg wasn’t simply King Saul’s chief herdsman. The notorious Edomite has been regarded by rabbis as one of… Read More

Ahitophel, King David’s Divine Betrayer
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Ahitophel, King David’s Divine Betrayer

By On November 19, 2014

Part 2 of 4 in this week’s “How a Jew Gets Screwed for Eternity” series.  Counselor and confidant to King David, Ahitophel was a wise man. He used his supernatural access to divine… Read More

Evil Balaam and His Talking Donkey
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Evil Balaam and His Talking Donkey

By On November 18, 2014

Part 1 of 4 in this week’s “How a Jew Gets Screwed for Eternity” series.  It’s the end of Numbers and the Israelites are wrapping up 40 years of serious wandering, during… Read More

How a Jew Gets Screwed for Eternity
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How a Jew Gets Screwed for Eternity

By On November 17, 2014

If you’re a Jew, here’s what happens when you die: If you’re good, you get your share in Olam Ha’ba, the World to Come. If you’re not, you get Gehenna. Purgatory-like and… Read More

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Ben Sorer U’Moreh

By On August 1, 2012

Think kids today have trouble with authority? The Torah (Deuteronomy 21:18) tells the story of a ben sorer u’moreh, a “stubborn and rebellious son” who “doesn’t hearken to the voice of his father or mother.” Let’s just… Read More

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@DailyHillulah

By On July 31, 2012

How many righteous people can you name? A hundred? Fifty? When Abraham played that game with God, they couldn’t even find ten. (Admittedly, the two were looking in Sodom and Gemorrah, the two evilest cities… Read More

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The Secret Jewish Burial Society

By On June 20, 2012

The hevra kadisha, or “holy fraternity,” is a group that ritually cleans a dead body before it’s buried. A hevra kadisha exists in virtually every Jewish community. Participating in one is rarely a high-profile job, and… Read More

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