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Glass Towers & Class Power

I would say that part of Jewishness is to understand that all these traditions are linked. Secular traditions are deeply marked by their profound religious roots, and vice versa. So what you consider very religious ideas are also shaped by historical movements. I would just say that all of this is part...

Birthright budget cut

The JTA reports, “Israel is reducing its allocation to the birthright israel program to a symbolic sum. The cut in the state’s 2004 draft budget would bring the figure down to $500,000 for 2004 from its original commitment of $14 million for five consecutive years. However, Israel will restore its full financial...

Karl Rove's Grandpa Didn't Build Birkenau

Following up on Al Martin’s contention that Karl Rove’s grandfather built concentration camps for the Nazis (which was blogged and subsequently contested here the week before last), we asked a noted holocaust scholar, Robert Jan van Pelt, Ph.D., Professor of Architetcure at the University of Waterloo, Canada, author of The Case for...

Sweet event coming up…

Feast of the Leviathan: From Chassidic Reggae to Avant-Garde Psalms. Celebration of Jewish Art organized by the Mima’amakim Journal, featuring published poets and writers, as well as Mattissyahu (King of Chassidic Reggae) and The Seth Nadel Band (Jewish Folk Rockers), drum circle and open mic. October 13th, 7 pm at Makor, 35...

May your genres blend easily

Saw a sticker in the subway for these guys tonight… “Juez is self described as breakbeat klezmer jazz; they draw on klezmer modes in a unique exploration of jazz and progressive rock rhythms with influences ranging from Yemenite to hip hop. While their compositions are experimental, their sound isn’t inaccessibly dissonant. It...