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Re-Facing Jerusalem

Josh Berer was raised in Victoria BC, but since 2001 hasn’t spent more than a year in one place. He is currently finishing a year in Israel spent working with the Bedouin community in the Unrecognized Villages. Edited and reposted…

In Defense of MJ

BS”D I find myself surprisingly saddened by the passing of Michael Jackson. I was never the biggest fan, but I certainly have an appreciation for the musical legacy of perhaps the greatest entertainer of the past 50 years, (truth be…

Jewish/Muslim Punk-Rock Reading Party

Next Wednesday, July 8, I’m doing a free reading at the 92Y Tribeca with one of my heroes. Michael Muhammad Knight wrote the Muslim punk-rock novel “The Taqwacores,” which might just be my favorite spiritual book ever. Sure, we get…

What Lurks Within?

[Edited to add: sorry, Jewschool ate my HTML. Hopefully fixed now.] The Story of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and the Cave. You probably know this one, but you’ve never heard me tell it. It’s Shabbat 33b, if you want to…

Enlighten My Eyes

There’s been something of a debate backstage at Jewschool this week as to whether or not it’s appropriate to post things we find on the web without comment.¬† This, however, defies comment: I will note that this sort of thing…

Madoff: Remorse, Judge: Exceptionally Evil

NYT reports that your favorite scam artist and mine, Bernie Madoff, has been given the maximum sentence for his gigantic ponzi scheme that left many broke, did irreparable damage to Jewish non-profits and gave immense amounts of ammo to “Jews…

Mazol tov!

Od y’shoma b’orei yehudo u’vechutzos Yerusholayim kol sason v’kol simcho kol choson v’kol kalo Mazol tov to Jewschool’s YehuditBracha on her wedding today!