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July 30, 2012
Come Together

Coming off of Tisha B’Av, one of the solemn lessons that you take away from it is that sinat chinam or “baseless hatred” is one of the reasons that tragedy has befallen upon the Jewish people. However the emphasis on this has always been baseless hatred between Jews; and not so much against mankind in […]

Alice Walker July 1, 2012
The Fine Line Between Foolishness and Bigotry

It has been almost a month since the news broke about Alice Walker’s cultural boycott of Israel; where she is prohibiting a new Israeli version (so Hebrew translation) of her book The Color Purple. This news only hit my radar about two weeks ago however, when Jewish websites and authors began to respond. I am disappointed by […]

Y-Love May 19, 2012
Why Love Y-Love?

In my many years of blogging, I’ve learned that sometimes, it is better to leave some things unsaid. I know first hand how your best intentions, laid out in black & white, can be misconstrued, twisted and be read different ways by different people. Which is why I’m struggling here and now to even put […]

April 2, 2012
Clarifying (The Media’s) Definitions Of Orthodox Jews

One of the things that tends to drive me up the wall is the inaccurate media definitions of Orthodox Jews. They seem to carelessly and loosely define the term, as well as make it synonymous with Chassidic Jews, as well as having to clear distinction made between “standard” Orthodox Jews and “Ultra-Orthodox Jews“. First of […]

March 31, 2012
The Enigma Of The Black Anti-Semite

Does anyone remember the Phil Donahue show? The show went off the air when I was 17, but I distinctly recall liking Phil Donahue a whole heck of a lot more than Oprah Winfrey. Some time spent looking at old episodes on YouTube reminded me why. 🙂 It’s because Phil Donahue had shows like this […]

February 8, 2012
It’s Tu B’Shevat!

Tonight it is Tu B’Shevat; one of those obscure holidays that most people don’t know about and/or don’t know what to do on it (including us Jews). It’s not one of those holidays that has a lot of traditions, rules, or sentimental ties about it. But it is one of the four Jewish “new year” […]

menorah December 27, 2011
Chanukkah Made Easy

I love Chanukkah. While it is not a major holiday on the Jewish calendar, it is one that holds a special place in the hearts of many Jews…including myself. Chanukkah, like Pesach (Passover) is one of those holidays that “marks” a Jewish home. Yet unlike Pesach, Chanukkah has no restrictions on work (except for the […]

December 16, 2011
Love Will Tear Us Apart

Two nights ago I started getting wind of all the windfall surrounding Matisyahu shaving off his beard. As expected, many Jewish sites jumped up quickly to post the news, with some reactions being pretty negative; while others focused on the deeper, halachaic significance. As I read the articles and blogs in earnest, I’m glad that […]