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New Shizzle 2008!

On a crowded Jerusalem bus, heading towards Ben Yehuda and Kikar Zion tonight, I witnessed a great exchange. The scene: three hareidim, in full black suits, black hats, tallit katan on top of their shirts. Guy 1: “You guys gonna…

State v. Religion

The separation of church and state is complicated in Canada, thanks to the notwithstanding clause in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Nonetheless, the courts and (most) governments take strides to keep the two separate. Recently, the Supreme Court of…

Judaism, sexist?

According to a study by the Israeli Masorti movement,…well, maybe you should see for yourself: According to survey conducted by Masorti Movement in Israel, 87% of public support gender equality, but only 24% of seculars would attend synagogue more often…

rebbe smackdown!

New York’s supreme court ruled that two of the three main bodies of Chabad have the right to expel Congregation Lubavitch – the messianist faction- from the synagogue in the bottom of 770. Apparently this struggle has been going on…

Nothing brings back memories…

… like pastrami. And placemats. And those letters. The ones where Aleph and Samech become the N and D in 2nd Ave Deli. So much has been written about the return, about Deli whiz-kid Jeremy Lebewohl taking over the family…