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  • A military miracle: Chanukah care for U.S. armed forces personnel

    by Raffi Wineburg, JTA

    1 week ago

    On Chanukah, Jews around the world pay tribute to the Maccabees, a small band of Jewish soldiers who pulled off an improbable military victory.

    Members of the Israel Defense Forces carry on that legacy today, and for Hanukkah, they too are recognized alongside their Maccabean...

  • Behind every great ‘Serial’ podcast host, a Jewish studies professor

    by Gabrielle Birkner, JTA

    1 week ago

    No spoilers here about the “Serial” season finale, but I will say this much: The episode ends with … a special thanks to a certain Jewish studies professor.

    That would be Benjamin Schreier, the interim director of the Jewish studies program at Penn State and the husband of...

  • Join globetrotter Bruce Feiler on a journey through Jerusalem

    By Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    Every religion has its pilgrimage, and PBS’ “Sacred Journeys” provides a lively visual guide to six of the best-known destinations for the devout.

    On Dec. 23, series host Bruce Feiler visits Jerusalem, and while the date might indicate a link to Christmas, the focus is on Sukkot,...

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  • A Jewish artist whose work is at heart of Our Lady Cathedral

    by Evan Henerson

    1 week ago

    When Simon Toparovsky makes the rounds at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral downtown, he gets the rock-star treatment — handshakes and embraces from complete strangers who approach him to engage in conversation, pose for a photograph and tell him his artistic creations are amazing,...

  • Despite artistic and political license, ‘Exodus’ connects to contemporary Jews

    by Rabbi Sarah Bassin

    1 week ago

    If you are going to see “Exodus: Gods and Kings” because it depicts an iconic cultural narrative that you want to better understand, I would caution against relying on director Ridley Scott’s version.  

    This epic adventure does offer an unparalleled work of digital art that...

  • Norman Lear: ‘That’s Not the American Way’

    1 week ago

    Following is an excerpt from Norman Lear’s autobiography, “Even This I Get to Experience”:

    The biggest next after my decade in network television was socio-political. It had begun brewing in me years earlier with the proliferation of fundamentalist TV ministries that perverted...

  • Poem: Small Antiques

    by Miriam Ulinover, (killed in Auschwitz, 1944)

    1 week ago

    Once there were three girls beautiful as gold,

    who bragged about the rare antiques each of them did hold;

    “I have a little head scarf,” one boasted with pride —

    “From my great grandmother, with squares and flowers wide.” 

    “I have a jeweled needle” — the second proudly...

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