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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 […]

Black Boys December 17, 2011
Thanks, But No Thanks Mr. Marks

Gene Marks wrote an incredibly myopic article on Forbes 3 days ago entitled, “If I Were A Poor Black Kid“. I remember reading it and just shouting out frustrations – all while my dear BF sarcastically remarked at what excellent points he had. Now there are so many excellent rebuttals out there to Mr. Marks’ […]

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 […]

mechitza ezrat nashim December 11, 2011
Orthodox Judaism Doesn’t Need Feminism

I’ve been encountering more and more Jews who are not Orthodox themselves, but have Orthodox Jewish relatives. It is always interesting to hear their opinions of their decision to live Torah observant lives; although the remarks are not always positive. Not too long ago, I was speaking with a woman who was absolutely baffled at […]

Magen David December 6, 2011
Forums For Converts To Judaism

Conversion to Judaism is kinda codified (in that there are lots of books and online resources about it), but it kind of isn’t. This is especially true in regards to conversion to Orthodox Judaism where the experiences from convert to convert vary greatly. One of the things that I wish I had when I was […]

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