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Armchair Yeshiva

I love technology. Now you don’t even need to get off your kiester to do some learning; the Virtual Beit Midrash at Yeshivat Har Etzion begins its new semester next week. I don’t know a lot about these folks, but…

Bratslav Rabbi "Detained For Questioning"

Suspected of Marrying Children Barely Old Enough to Bleed The whole shomer negiah thing is hard for anyone, and certainly teenagers are hardly the exception. But at least in Yavne’el, Israel, the kids have some options! Haaretz reports, “Rabbi Shlomo…

Shalom, Y'all

Jonathan Adam Ross is a Jew from Memphis, Tennessee. An actor, poet, and founding company member of Storahtelling: Jewish Ritual Theatre Revived, Ross has taken his unique perspective on Jewish life south of the Mason-Dixon line and crafted it into…

Multifaith Mishegaas

In case you missed it (after all, it was on Friday night), Tom Brokaw reported on the staggering growth of Evangelical Christians in America. Some transcripts and video are here. The show’s highlight? A Jewish family complaining that their children…

Trouble For Kabbalah Guru

Shaul Youdkevitch, head of The Kabbalah Center in Israel has been arrested on charges that he swindeled a female cancer patient out of tens of thousands of dollars claiming the donations would cure her cancer. Upon her death, the husband…

Powers of Rain

Jill Slater posts an intriguing description of Amichai Lau-Lavie’s “Rain Rave” up in the Berkshires last weekend, held to mark the time on the Jewish calendar when we add the phrase “you cause the wind to blow and the rain…

50 Shmekel Calls It Quits

From 50shekel.com: Dear friends, The 50shekel.com website has been shut down. Hope you enjoyed the unmixed versions of the songs while they were up. Thanks to everyone who did their best to support and help out. This was never a…