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Got Shavuot?

By David Suissa

May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

The hottest word in marketing today is "interactive." After decades of treating consumers like passive targets, marketers have learned that the best way to get people excited about your... read full article
  • Pick your redemption

    By David Suissa

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    There's something about being Jewish that makes you think big. Jews can easily schmooze about global stuff -- the bigger the better. We're here for all of humanity.

    We want to save the planet, whether from global evil or global warming. When we talk about our own problems, we also...
  • Hybrid Jews

    By David Suissa

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Jews are not a people suited for the status quo. We have a rebellious gene. We can't stand still.

    Look everywhere and you'll see signs of our restlessness.

    The Reform movement is debating whether it has gone too far in moving away from halacha (Jewish law). The Conservatives are...
  • Beyond Remembrance

    By David Suissa

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If you want to get in trouble in the Jewish world, critique anything that has to do with Holocaust remembrance. It's a pretty untouchable subject, and for good reason. The Holocaust is a horror that melts the human heart, especially the Jewish heart. I'm not immune.

    For three years...
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  • Hanging with the homeless at shul

    By David Suissa

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With about 40 people looking on, the elderly African American woman slowly got up and started singing a song she wrote:
    "You can go to church Sabbath mornings
    And shout out loud
    But you can't hold out 'til Mondays
    Before doing things wrong.
    Oh, oh, God have his eyes on you and me....
  • Pesach—in your own words

    By David Suissa

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A Jewish American soldier finds himself in the Iraqi desert on the first night of Passover and improvises a seder with another soldier by drawing a seder plate in the sand.

    Meanwhile, a Jewish lawyer from Menlo Park discovers that our centuries-old haggadah does not actually tell...
  • The Magic of Mimouna

    By David Suissa

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Go back a few centuries and picture yourself on a small street in a Jewish neighborhood in Casablanca, Morocco, as the sun is starting to set.

    You've just finished the late afternoon prayers on the last day of Passover, and as you head home, you see Arab grocers setting up shop and...

  • Silencing Passover

    By David Suissa

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    You'll have to forgive me this week if I get all wistful and spiritual on you, but there's something about Passover I need to get off my chest.

    I have a question for my readers. How many of you have been so moved by a Passover experience that something inside of you changed?

    I ask...

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