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  • 25 Rules For The Creative

    By Peter Himmelman

    October 17, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    1 - Feel, don't intellectualize
    2 - Don't try to be good- just be
    3 - The goal is to finish within the form
    4 - It doesn't have to mean anything, it just has to make you feel everything
    5 - The world seems like disconnected pieces, show its unity
    6 - Find freedom in structure...

  • Premarital Sex, Orthodox Jews & Censorship

    By Ilana Angel

    December 15, 2011 | 9:57 am

    Stern College for Women is part of Yeshiva University of Manhattan.  It is an Orthodox Jewish school, and while it has classes that are religious based and not, it is a religious campus and the rules and regulations of Orthodoxy are followed.  Even if it means censorship.

    Earlier...

  • When Jews Became a ‘Modern’ People

    By Jacob Neusner

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    "After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity" by David Ellenson (Hebrew Union College Press, 2004).

    In the forward of "After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity," Michael Meyer explains: "This book is directed especially to a broader readership...

  • Why I Keep My   Hair Under Wraps

    By Judy Gruen

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago I found myself spellbound while watching "Girl With a Pearl Earring." This film, based on the excellent Tracy Chevalier novel, is a fictional account of the history behind Vermeer's famous painting of the same name.

    The novel revolves around a servant girl, Grete, who...

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  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Let's Work

    In this week's portion, Lech Lecha, we learn about a fight between the shepherds of Abraham and his nephew, Lot. There was plenty of space for everyone, but they weren't getting along so it seemed too crowded. Our rabbis teach us that when two people get along, they can...

  • Loud and Proud Mizrachi Voices

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage," edited by Loolwa Khazzoom (Seal Press, $16.95)

    On the last night before her family would flee Libya in 1967, Gina Bublil Waldman recalls that she had to choose between taking her...

  • Looking for Love?

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    JDate is the largest Jewish singles site, but for those interested in swimming in smaller ponds, below is a sampling of some of the other offerings on the web.



    www.frumster.com  -- A dating service exclusively for Orthodox singles.

    www.jmatch.com   -- Like JDate, but replying to...

  • Kids Page

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    You know that harmless-looking body part inside your mouth? The tongue? It sure looks nice enough, but it gets a lot of Israelites into trouble in this week's parsha. Do you remember getting a present and then complaining it wasn't enough? Not the right video game; not the kind of...

  • Holocaust Writing Contest Winners Announced

    By Journal Staff

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Themes for this year's submissions to the fourth Holocaust writing contest by Chapman University's Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education ranged from defiant public protesters in Berlin to the instigators of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising to hate mongers from Hitler to Osama bin Laden.

    ...

  • Different From All Other Pesach Books

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Passover is our holiday of words -- words to study and ponder, lines that evoke memories and also inspire hope of better times. Every year, publishers bring out a significant number of new books related to the holiday -- new editions of the haggadah, books of essays and...

  • Wendy Wasserstein to Give a Little Peek

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Fertility therapy, Jewish identity, pressure to marry, single parenting. All are themes that flow through both the personal life and creative work of playwright Wendy Wasserstein, who won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony in 1998 for "The Heidi Chronicles."

    In a rare peek behind the...

  • What’s so Jewish about Harry Potter?

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Last month, we asked our young Journal readers to answer that question. Since we got so many great essays, we decided to publish sections from some of them. And Congratulations to the winners of our drawing!

    "Is Harry Potter Jewish, you ask? No. Harry Potter just exhibits many...