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The Vort: Vayechi – Endings and Beginnings

I’ve always been something of a post-modernist, fascinated particularly with the ways in which form and content intersect, interact, support and destabilize each other. Blame it on an early obsession with Stephen Sondheim from an early age. (Yes, folks, that…

The Winners: Oron and Rahav

(Crossposted to Mah Rabu.) We’ve been reporting about the contest to name the planets Uranus and Neptune in Hebrew, as part of the International Year of Astronomy. As ADDeRabbi reports, the winners were announced today at a ceremony at the…

Homosexuality at YU

Last week, a discussion was organized at Yeshiva University in NYC called “Being Gay In The Orthodox World: A Conversation with Members of the YU Community.” The event, which took place on December 22, was sponsored by the YU Tolerance…

Shooting the Jewish Press

There is a debate in Israel about foreigners owning Israeli newspapers, because Sheldon Adelson is printing a free Likud rag that’s destablized their news industry. Instead of getting into that debate, I’m gonna pull a Dick Cheney and shoot the…

A Hill of Beans in This Crazy World

Before 1948, both the Jewish and the Arab populations of Jerusalem were scattered throughout the city. At the end of the War of Independence, when the city was partitioned into Israeli West Jerusalem and Jordanian East Jerusalem, a major population…

Jewish People in Trees

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from Yoni Stadlin, founding director of Eden Village Camp. Many of you celebrated at this summer’s Bereishit Festival or you may have just heard of them through the grapevine. As we look…