Browsing Archive

April, 2011


Hand of Miriam, Hand of Fatima, Eye of God

By On April 29, 2011

People sometimes talk about being “touched by God,” and the hamsa takes this metaphor to a different level by giving it a physical manifestation. The hamsa isn’t exactly God’s hand, but is rather a spiritual… Read More


The First Jew in Atlantis

By On April 28, 2011

In 1585, Sir Walter Raleigh needed an expert in metals to help him make sense of American geology on his first trip to the New World. So he brought along Joachim Gaunse, a Jewish engineer… Read More


Cheeses Almighty

By On April 27, 2011

The Bible According to Cheese–subtitled “A Brie History of Time”–is an online collection of verses and hilarious photos that tell Bible stories with an emphasis on, well, the dairy side of things.… Read More


The Wright Synagogue

By On April 25, 2011

American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) designed more than 500 completed projects: Homes, schools, skyscrapers, churches, offices, museums. And one synagogue. When Beth Shalom Congregation moved from downtown Philadelphia to the suburbs, the synagogue board… Read More


Dancing Barefoot

By On April 22, 2011

When you think of Moses approaching the Burning Bush, you can be forgiven if the first thing that pops into your mind is Charlton Heston and some fuzzy Technicolor special effects. After all,… Read More


Cheating Death

By On April 21, 2011

According to a legend in the Talmud, when the ancient sage Joshua ben Levi was about to die, the Angel of Death appeared to him (Berakhot 51a). “Before you kill me,” said Rabbi Joshua, “show… Read More


Not Your Momma’s Passover

By On April 18, 2011

On Passover, every family has its own traditions: Singing special songs. Using finger-puppets to act out the Exodus from Egypt. Similarly, different Jewish cultures in different parts of the world have unique and innovative ways to relate… Read More


The Seder: The Miniseries

By On April 15, 2011

What do you think about when you think of the Passover seder? That’s the question that the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning asked of 11 filmmakers. The resulting films–one for each of… Read More


Israel in Hawaii

By On April 14, 2011

If you ask someone’s opinion of Israel, they’ll probably think you’re talking about the Jewish State. But ask any Hawaiian, and their first association will be quite different: They’re likely to assume you… Read More


Locusts for Lunch

By On April 13, 2011

Are locusts a plague? Not always–in fact, sometimes, they’re lunch. Four species of locust are listed in the Torah as being kosher. They are the red locust, the yellow locust, the spotted grey locust, and the… Read More


Mark Twain in the Holy Land

By On April 12, 2011

Today, Mark Twain is known for writing classic novels such as Huckleberry Finn and The Prince & the Pauper. But in his lifetime, he was most famous for The Innocents Abroad, a nonfiction travelogue of his journey to Palestine,… Read More


Passover in 3-D

By On April 11, 2011

  If your seder plate is looking a little flat, here’s the perfect solution. The Passover Haggadah in Another Dimension (2009), like other haggadot, is a manual for getting you through the Passover meal. But this haggadah… Read More