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A season of firsts

This high holiday season was new for me in many ways.  It was my first away from my family, it was the first time I fasted without drinking water, and it was also the first time I didn’t go to…

No More

This is the fourth post in a series on Social Justice Showtunes. The series starts here with a post about the 1937 Broadway musical Pins and Needles and continues here with a post about the 1932 song “Brother, Can You…

A Blogger's "Al Chet"

Through writing I have committed many a wrong, but unlike those whose faces I see, I will likely never know the vast majority of people who I wronged via this blog. God cannot forgive these sins, only those whom I…

No Crocs on YK?

Ynet reports, Rabbi Elyashiv of the Lithuanian stream of ultra-Orthodoxy has ruled that it is best not to wear Crocs shoes on Yom Kippur even though they are not made out of leather and, therefore, would seemingly be permissible for…

Mishegaas for the Days of Awe

Barbra Streisand is selling off her stuff. You could own a piece of the legend. Better yet, proceeds benefit her foundation, which supports a bunch of progressive causes including environmental and economic policy groups. Days of Awesome is a livejournal…