2013 Guide to Rabbis

  • Is Obama George W. — or even Nixon? The secrecy factor

    The Obama administration has in recent weeks suffered a 1-2-3 scandal outbreak: –The Benghazi tragedy-as-fiasco gained legs when internal emails emerged suggesting a massaged timeline of who knew what, when; –The IRS owned up to focusing on conservative groups in delaying approval for tax exempt status in the last election; –The AP furiously revealed that… More ▸

  • Day 14 of Jewish American Heritage Month: Go to therapy

    Many of the earliest therapists were Jews and Jews have loved doling out advice for ages. Today, discover the Jewish roots of therapy for JAHM. More ▸

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  • Help Rebecca Spence write a novel

    I worked with Rebecca Spence way back when at the Forward. Now, lucky me/us/you, she’s started freelancing for JTA. She’s also raising money — to help her pay the bills as she writes a semi-historical novel inspired by her Sephardic Israeli grandmother’s story. Click here for more info on the project (and a video). More ▸

  • So now, Colin Kahl talks containment

    Though waiting for Iran to go nuclear is a bad option, a military strike right now is worse, argues Colin Kahl of Center for New American Security think tank. More ▸

  • Day 13 of Jewish American Heritage Month: Visit South Florida

    With mah jongg, bagels and schmears, spend day 13 living the Jewish life of South Florida, or visit if you can! More ▸

  • Day 12 of Jewish American Heritage Month: Laugh with the classics

    Pray that a rainy day in May gives you an excuse to enjoy some classic American Jewish wit on film. Choose any or all of the following for a guaranteed better day: Mel Brooks’ “History of the World Part I,” Adam Sandler’s “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” or Woody Allen’s “Purple Rose of Cairo.” Speaking of… More ▸

  • Day 11 of Jewish American Heritage Month: Practice yoga

    Next time you do a downward dog, chant an ohm to Ruby Blue, aka Swami Neeladevananda. Blue was born Ruth Thaler in Poland and as a child immigrated to Washington with her parents. She was named a swami, the Hindu honorary title for master, in 2003 at age 86. Known for her inspirational lectures, tiny… More ▸

  • Day 10 of Jewish American Heritage Month: Listen to ‘Little Orphan Annie’

    Before “Annie” was revived on Broadway — heck, before “Annie” was on Broadway the first time — that lovable red-headed scamp from the funny pages was primarily played by Shirley Bell Cole on the “Little Orphan Annie” radio show, which was broadcast nationwide by NBC to the afterschool set from 1931 to 1942. Cole, a… More ▸

  • After Friday’s confrontation, are more haredi protests ahead?

    Friday morning saw thousands of haredi Orthodox youth pack the Western Wall Plaza to protest Women of the Wall’s service there. With police assistance, Women of the Wall were able to conduct their service. But the protest showed how effective haredi mobilization can be. Within days, haredi activists and leading rabbis got thousands of students… More ▸

  • Chabad women blend tradition and fashion

    Last week, I wrote about Chabad men with a passion for fashion, some of whom are finding ways of incorporating new styles into the strict haredi dress code. This week, the website Fashionista wrote about women in the same haredi group who are doing the same: Mimi Hecht and Mushky Notik, the creators of MIMU… More ▸

  • Day 9 of Jewish American Heritage Month: Make springtime pickles

    Make springtime pickles. At least that’s what Jeffrey Yoskowitz will be doing. More ▸

  • It ain’t over ’til it’s over: Women of the Wall edition

    Women of the Wall thought they’d won. Turns out, the fight will last (at least) another day. More ▸