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Has Mugabe Raided the Lost Ark?

This article suggests that Mugabe has stolen the Aron Habrit from it’s spot resting in a museum. The decayed wooden object ­lying neglected on a shelf in a museum storeroom didn’t look like anything too exciting. But Tudor Parfitt, Professor…

New Teachings and Observations

Chag sameach to all. By now, most of the seders which will occur this year have. I thought this would be a good time for us to share some new insights from these years freedom feasts.* With that in mind…

Top Shuls

The same caveats apply to the Newsweek Vibrant Congregations list that apply to their top rabbis list. The results of the Rabbi lists are strange and the methodology, insofar as it exists, is opaque and the criteria vague. The same…

The Real (Sex) Meaning of Purim

Reading TheWanderingJew’s post the other day about Purim porn got me thinking about where Purim comes from. Most people would say, “well, of course, it comes from Shushan (Susa).” That’s only marginally correct. Isn’t it weird that the hero of…

Whatcha up to August 3-9?

Hollander Social Justice Fellowship Do you have a social justice cause you are passionate about and want to pursue with the NHC Summer Institute community? Apply for the Hollander Social Justice Fellowship. You will receive a $400 scholarship towards Institute…

Lend for Peace

I have been hearing about a cool new organization of Jews and Palestinians doing micro-credit work in the the West Bank. They are ready to launch. Here’s the info: A group of students at Penn, including an Orthodox Jew and…

Q's Shul

The last several TLS meetings have been in a new location, All Souls Unitarian at 16th and Harvard in DC. This past Friday night was beautifully full of people and harmony. A couple hundred folks showed up, more than we…

Manny's Special

I often took the bus to the subway on my way to high school. In so doing I went through a fairly rough neighborhood. Outside the liquor store adjacent to the subway entrance there was always a congregation of street-dwelling…