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What's a Jew to do?

It’s short enough to quote in full: Just yesterday at dinner, my seven year old son asked why we never sign him and his brother up for “Parent’s Night Out.” This is a program run by our local YMCA. Once…

A Minyan Enters Tehran

Guest post by Cascadian, a Jews in the Woodser who is presently on a Fellowship of Reconciliation trip to Iran. We’ll be guest posting much of his trip correspondence as he relates his first-hand impressions of the country the Jews…

Praying for Mumbai

At the time of this posting, Mumbai has been under terrorist siege for over a day, and information about the situation is still forthcoming only slowly. One of the sites surrounded is Mumbai’s Chabad house, and it seems that the…

No child left behind?

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” –Mark Twain *** Mechon Hadar has placed all the audio from their recent Independent Minyan Conference online, so those of us who weren’t there can listen and respond from afar.…

Scribe school

Picture a room with a couple of soferim in it, writing Torah. A proto-sofer is practising letter samekh. The sound of a lecture on the weekly Torah portion floats in from down the hallway. Another proto-sofer takes a deep breath;…

Your Israeli Orientation

Stephen M. Cohen is again studying an interesting topic using internet-based survey methodology. It is mostly good with a couple of vaguely worded questions and an unintentionally awkward one. First, Congratz to Cohen on tackling interesting questions and providing mostly…

How To Avoid Dying

A study published by researchers at Yeshiva University and its medical school, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, strongly suggests that regular attendance at religious services reduces the risk of death by approximately 20%. The findings, published in Psychology and Health,…