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Rabbi! Sex! Scandal!

How do I deal with all these scandals going on involving rabbis, Jews, abuse, and sex? My mantra: G-d is great. Judaism is great. Individual Jews, maybe great maybe not. Rinse and repeat. The acts of individuals, no matter how…

Why Date Jewish?

I saw this link on the OU‘s website and was intrigued. So I followed it and found a free offer for Jewish high school students only. If you’re a Jewish high school student, you can sign up for this free…

Chanukah How-To

I stumbled onto this nice Chanukah Menorah how-to animation at Aish.com. It’s part of a series of articles on Chanukah that are worth linking to. This image comes from this webpage. Here are the other links in the Aish series:…

Jew Movies

The votes are in and critics, at least at Entertainment Weekly, prefer Ushpizin over Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic. EW rates Ushpizin a B+ and Jesus is Magic a B-. Is that a victory of Torah over trash-talk? Or modestly…

Jew of the Year

Continuing my series of finishing 2005 about a month early to beat the end-of-year rush, here’s my pick for Jew of the Year: Rabbi Shlomo Aviner (bio in Hebrew) Who is he? He’s one of the so-called “Settler Rabbis”. Rabbi…

Is Thanksgiving Kosher?

Thanksgiving at the End of November: A Secular or Religious Holiday? (With an Appendix about Halloween) by Rabbi Michael J. Broyde Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. It is no longer (and perhaps never was) a celebration affiliated with any…

Have We No Shame?

Marvin Schick, a vanguard of the old school, has a blog and posted his recent Jewish Week column to it. He asks some pointed questions about the hipster Jewish community represented by this blog and Heeb magazine. In particular regarding…

What Could Be Unkosher About Soda?

Interesting excerpt from some book (funny it doesn’t say which book!) about the process through which Coca Cola originally became certified by Rabbi Tobias Geffen as kosher in 1935. Here’s an interesting point raised in the article: When Geffen was…

Daniel Sieradski