In 1982, when Culture Club released the song “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?, I was 15 years old and immediately fell in love with Boy George. I thought he was everything and when I saw the video where he wore a shirt with Hebrew writing, it was a sign to this young Jewish girl...
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Jonathan Adler Dachshund Menorah Calling all dog lovers! The Dachshund Menorah designed by Jonathan Adler is not your standard chanukiyah. Made in Peru, this fair-trade sculpted menorah is made of high-fired stoneware and features a white matte glaze. The Dachshund Menorah is...
November 28, 2010 | 8:46 pm
A message from Matisyahu from matisyahuworld.com:
There’s so many Christmas songs out there, I wanted to give the Jewish kids something to be proud of. We’ve got Adam Sandler’s song which is hilarious but I wanted to try to get across some of the depth and spirituality inherent in the holiday—in a fun, celebratory song. My boy Kojak was in town so at the last minute we went into the studio in the spirit of miracles and underdogs and this is what we came up with. Happy Hannukah!!
Do you like the song?
January 7, 2010 | 6:16 pm
December 25, 2008 | 5:31 pmThis coming Shabbat, together with Jewish communities around the world, we will celebrate the joyous festival of Chanukah. Most of us are quite familiar with the story of Chanukah and the miracle that our tradition recalls.
We learned as children that when the Maccabees rededicated...
December 18, 2008 | 3:47 amI originally planned to write a column about the flood of condemnations that Muslim leaders issued following the massacre in Mumbai, and how disappointed I was not to find a single fatwa in those texts, nor a mention of any religious offense: no "sin," no "hell," nor "apostasy."
March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pmA couple of events over the past week have given me a nice dose of optimism for the Jewish people. The first event was a Little League baseball game in a Jewish league called Blue Star, where my son Noah's team, the Rays, were playing a very talented team called the Jays.
October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pmInner child therapy is a psychological method aimed at giving voice to part of the adult psyche that remains eternally childlike. It purports that a vulnerable innocence exists within our subconscious; when acknowledged, a more complete and mature life experience is attained.
For example, were my inner child invited to describe Parshat Noach, she might say:
December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm
A three-foot dancing dreidel and a visiting Holocaust survivor recall the ageless tales from a fresh perspective, when PBS station KCET airs "Chanukah Stories" on Dec. 24 and 25.
The heroes of the animated film, "Moishe's Miracle," is 8-year-old Zackary Maccabee, known as Zak Mak to...
December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm
The fish was the ugliest I had ever seen. I actually recoiled as my son proudly pointed him out in the aquarium. He loves fish.
Most boys want a dog or a cat. Fish, it seems, capture my son's imagination.
"Fish," he told me, "don't bark or jump on guests."
"You can't pet them or...
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People generally think that a miracle must be a supernatural event. In truth, however, a miracle need not be supernatural, and a supernatural event may not necessarily be a miracle. These two concepts sometimes overlap, but they are not identical.
The events of Purim are clearly...
December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Bubbie, my sweet grandmother, is a small woman, barely 5-feet tall. Her candelabra wasn't just a candleholder used for the Sabbath and Chanukah lights. It was a family symbol; a magnet that brought family and friends together. On Sabbath evenings Bubbie would don a special...
July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pmWhere Credit Is Due
The Israelites complain, again, that they don't have water (Numbers 19:1-21:34). God tells Moses to make water pour from a rock by talking to it. Moses, in his anger at the whining Israelites, yells at them: "You'll see how we [him and Aaron] will make water...
November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm
April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pmSome five miles outside of Amsterdam, there is a site where a miracle took place during the Holocaust.
Here, in this tiny town with quaint, pretty houses and narrow streets, the Nazis allowed Jewish history to survive. At a time when they were desecrating Jewish burial places all...
April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm
A few summers ago, we went on a driving trip tothe Grand Canyon. I remember one particular day, as I stood near sometourists high up on the edge of the canyon, and looked down into adeep and beautiful gorge that seemed to stretch on forever. Amid allthe "Oohs" and "Aahs," I overheard...