Jewish Journal

  • Kosher Sutra: Burning Man (Vayikra)

    By Marcus J Freed

    March 23, 2012 | 4:36 pm

    There is a pilgrimage that takes place every summer in the Nevada Desert. 50,000 people head to the sandy wasteland and participate in a week-long festival which culminates with the night time burning of a massive effigy of a human being. Burning Man is a phenomenon that eerily... read on

  • Kosher Sutra: The How of Happiness (Vayakhel-Pekudei)

    By Marcus J Freed

    March 16, 2012 | 4:33 pm

    Kosher Sutra: The How of Happiness (Vayakhel-Pekudei)

    Freud articulated it best when he explained the Pleasure Principle. Ultimately, we all want to be happy. Almost everything we do derives from that one basic desire, whether it is pursuing money, entertainment, love, or... read on

  • Kosher Sutra: Super-8 (Ki Tissa)

    By Marcus J Freed

    March 9, 2012 | 4:40 pm

    There was a time when every second mattered. My childhood birthday parties were captured on Super-8 cine film that my father carefully filmed, before sending off the four-minute reel of tape for developing and waiting two weeks. He then physically spliced the film for an edit, before... read on

  • Kosher Sutra: The Shmatte Game (Tetzaveh)

    By Marcus J Freed

    March 1, 2012 | 6:47 pm

    There was a time when three generations of my family were involved with the clothing business, or as my Dad calls it, ‘the shmatte game’ (shmatte = Yiddish for rag or fabric). My late Grandma Sadie was in her 80’s, sitting by her classic Singer sewing machine, patiently making... read on




Marcus J Freed is a studio-trained yogi, yeshiva-trained educator, published author, BBC broadcaster and classically-trained actor.  Marcus has developed a quartet of powerful...

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