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Regurgitating the Litigurgical

The Conservative movement has introduced a new piece of liturgy for Yom HaShoah—Megillat HaShoah (“The Shoah Scroll”), which was read for the first time during last month’s Yom HaShoah observances at Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am Synagogue in Toronto, and which will potentially become ritualized among Conservative worshippers throughout the world....

Faith in Pharaoh and a Gambling Grampa

The Association of Jewish Libraries has recently launched Jewish Values Finder, which offers librarians, teachers, parents, and other users a single source of information and selection guidance for children’s books of Jewish content, published since 1995. (previous to 1995, such information was available from Marcia Posner’s Juvenile Judaica) For example, when I...

Subtle Bias

On May 8, The New York Times reported: “Three more Palestinians were killed in scattered violence, including one who blew himself up with a car bomb next to an Israeli tank in southern Gaza.” Killed?! Isn’t the proper term for this terrorist’s failed effort died?

Shabbat Shalom

As we begin to enter in earnest the political race for the next president of the United States, Senator Joe Lieberman is finding himself at odds with the other candidates. The presidential-hopeful, who is Sabbath observant, has been already been missing several opportunities to get his message across. Last week, at a...

‘Fan’atic

Apparently, racism at Israeli soccer games is a big problem. Thirty-five observers, all soccer fans, were recently drafted by the New Israel Fund, a joint enterprise by Israelis and Diaspora Jewry to promote and consolidate pluralism and democracy in Israel. The idea is pretty simple. Reports will be prepared to summarize every...

Open Season

Check out BeliefNet’s full-fledged feature on Douglas Rushkoff and the theories he posits in his new book, Nothing Sacred. Under the heading “Where Rushkoff Is Wrong,” the site also links to Gary Rosenblatt’s piece in the Jewish Week, which lightly criticizes Rushkoff’s perspective and touts Frank Luntz’s report as “required reading for...

Mother’s Day Bang

Rather than the regular weekly Top Ten list, the loveley editors at Bang It Out have composed the following collection of Yo Momma snaps, in the spirit of Mother’s Day. Yo Momma’s So Jewish… She cried at your bris, primarily because you weren’t engaged yet She does all her Pesach shopping for...

Barfy Hipday to Jew

Israel celebrates its 55th with cook-outs and camp-outs. Local Palestinians cringe, call the day a “catastrophe.” Aish HaTorah hopes to reinvigorate a love for ha’aretz among American Jews, and offers these 55 reasons to visit Israel. However, for most (especially in light of mainstream opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories)...

Daniel Sieradski