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September, 2011


Question Everything

By On September 28, 2011

Do you remember what you were thinking about last year around the High Holidays? Have you made good on your resolutions from years past? A project called 10Q offers a new way to stay accountable. It… Read More


Digging up Treasure

By On September 27, 2011

The video for Moshe Hendel’s new song “Come with Me” doesn’t seem like much. Just the singer, sitting in a rainswept alley, with an acoustic guitar, reflected in a bunch of puddles.… Read More


Nursing Home Rosh Hashanah

By On September 26, 2011

Last Rosh Hashanah, hosted a New Year’s Poetry contest. The poems that showed up astonished us. They were honest and beautiful, sad and funny, innocent and wise. The winning poem, Rita Janice Traub’s “A… Read More


Existential Anti-Semitism

By On September 23, 2011

How do you define hate? The French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre tried to get at the essence of hatred by looking at an example from a very specific time: Anti-Semitism in France during World War II. According to… Read More


Einstein’s Brain

By On September 22, 2011

For the past 90 years–since Albert Einstein was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics–Jewish mothers have been wishing their children had the brain of the famous scientist. Two recent quirky discoveries reveal that it’s possible for… Read More


Getting Down in Babel

By On September 21, 2011

“The biblical city of Babel has received bad press over the centuries,” notes the press release for Radio Babel, the new album by the band Watcha Clan. They’re invoking the story of the Tower of Babel… Read More


Who Shall I Fear

By On September 20, 2011

From the beginning of the month of Elul until the end of the High Holiday season Jews traditionally recite Psalm 27 each morning and evening. You might have heard it, the one that starts “The Lord is my… Read More


New Year’s Resolutions in the 1940s

By On September 19, 2011

Woody Guthrie, the American singer-songwriter, might not have been Jewish himself, but he’s been an avid participant in Jewish culture. He married Marjorie Mazria Guthrie in 1945, and at his mother-in-law‘s insistence, taught his children (among… Read More


The Night the Moon Vanished

By On September 16, 2011

A Blessing on the Moon is a magical, thoughtful novel by Joseph Skibell about ghosts and dreams and the afterlife…and it happens to take place during the Holocaust. One winter night, Chaim Skibelski and everyone in his… Read More


So Not Kosher

By On September 15, 2011

Grocery shopping can be an incredibly personal experience. We purchase foods for many different reasons: Our hunger. Our health. Our secret desires (late-night ice cream noshers, we’re looking at you). In 10 Items or Less, a short video, a… Read More


The Finger of Blame

By On September 14, 2011

In 2007, artists Geoffrey Cunningham and Carla Repice took to the streets, armed with an office desk, a red phone, and a stationary pad. They traveled to different American cities and towns, set… Read More


Cowboys Love Manischewitz

By On September 13, 2011

“There’s nothing so unusual about being a Jewish cowboy,” says Harold Stern, who should know–he’s one himself. Jewish cowboys have been the subject of songs, documentaries, and the album The Jewish Cowboy–a 1950s-era record which… Read More