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Eulogy, Brief

Sure, we disagreed about a number of things. You liked to tote guns around and champion the 2nd amendment. You opposed Affirmative Action and became a Republican later in life. You campaigned for George W. Bush, George Bush Sr., and…

Jacques Attali and the State of Frum Rock

biz posted last week about the Big Event, but to recap briefly; a group of Charedi Rabbis signed a ban for a concert featuring the vocal ‘talents’ of singers like Sheya Mendlowitz, Shloime Gertner, and Lipa Schmeltzer. Well, today, the…

File Under 'Non Sequitur'

I don’t generally nitpick NY Times editorial decisions, but today’s huge [website] frontpage story has a ridiculous non sequitur too good not to share. The article runs about 40 graphs pertaining to the escalation of the conflict in the Gaza.…

Edge City's Terry LaBan Interview

As any daily comics fan knows (and I know, there are precious few of us), there’s one Jewish daily comic: Edge City. It’s not always funny, but you can always count on it for instant cultural/religious identity fixes. The family…

Jewish Jewelry

Have a hankering for gorgeous jewelry that represents your Jewish identity but isn’t the ubiquitous Star of David? My mother, Maita Shinefield, the co-owner of Emunah Designs, recently launched their website. And though the website says: “Our customer is a…

Christopher Hitchens' Foot, Meet Mouth

How disappointing. In the midst of Hitchen’s new book, the NY Times best seller god is not Great, (specifically on page 55), I read the following line with dismay: Orthodox Jews conduct congress by means of a hole in the…

Lag*B*Omer*Palooza

Ever notice that Jews love spinning their music festival names off Lollapalooza. Slightly ironic, cause Lollapalooza was supposed to be the bastion for Alternative music, and Jewish festivals tend to be, well, musically conservative. Anyway, Lag*B*Omer*Palooza is being organized by…

Zorn Defines Radical Jewish Culture

Anyone into “Jewish” music runs into Tzadik’s Radical Jewish Culture label at one point or another. For me, my first encounter was Jamie Saft’s horrifying industrial document Breadcrumb Sins (my parents bought it for me because of the word ‘Jewish’…

Best Jewish Music 2006

(XPosted to McAtzilut) Criteria for inclusion: I felt it somehow added to Jewish music, or made an impact on Jewish music or Jewish listeners – even if it wasn’t overtly Jewish. An album in 2005 that I listened to mostly…

Youth and Marriage

“Some women were raped. We heard about this, but only those who are not married can talk about it… It is cheap to be married now. You are lucky if you find somebody for your daughter to marry. And the…