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  • New toys at the Craft and Folk Art Museum

    July 17, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    If children spun it, flung it, wound it, or sent it rolling along the floor with a flick of their thumbs, Dr. Donald Adler had to have it for his collection of international folk toys.

    While vacationing all over the world for 40 years, in industrialized countries like Japan as...

  • Whether a bed, or help figuring out what to do in one, some kosher options for Valentine’s Day

    February 6, 2012 | 4:25 pm

    On Valentine’s Day, for a people tasked in the Bible with being fruitful and multiplying, what goods are good for the Jews?

    Perhaps sex toys from an Orthodox-oriented website that are not supposed to make you blush? Or maybe your pleasure for these long winter nights is a new bed...

  • To Be or Not to Be, Rich…

    By Julia Bendis

    March 3, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Please tell me how can anyone get ahead in this world, financially that is?  I should rephrase: how can an average person with children get a head in this world?

    I sit here pondering that question while staring at the Orthodontic Invoice for my fifth-grader’s teeth!  Three...

  • Joys of growing up in Communist Soviet Union, and other tales of my Family.

    By Julia Bendis

    February 16, 2011 | 9:39 am

    -While my husband, growing up in Ohio got to go on potato chip factory field trips, my brother and I got to go on Concentration Camp field trips.  Look up Salaspils in Latvia.

    -When most kids got to play with Barbies, toy trucks and teddy bears, I got to play with syringes, which my...

  • The Joys of Car Dealerships!

    By Julia Bendis

    January 10, 2011 | 12:57 pm

    Being at a car dealership this weekend, to finally get the recalled part on my car fixed, reminded me how much I truly enjoy car dealerships.  Not only do I NOT mind haggling with the salesmen on a price, I look forward to it.  After all, I am my father’s daughter.  That same father...

  • Buy your cute and cuddly diseases now, before they sell out!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 26, 2010 | 9:26 pm

    Maybe its just me, but what’s wrong with this picture?  There is a Medical company in Connecticut that started selling stuffed plush microbes, bacteria and viruses.  Yes, I said bacteria and viruses.  The plush toys are exact replicas of what a real microbe looks like.  There is a...

  • Meet Burka Barbie

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 23, 2009 | 10:38 pm

    Barbie in a burka? You better believe it:

    Wearing the traditional Islamic dress, the iconic doll is going undercover for a charity auction in connection with Sotheby’s for Save The Children.

    ‘I know Barbie was something seen as bad before as an image for girls, but in actual fact the message with Barbie for women is you can be whatever you want to be.’

    Read the rest, and check out a few photos, here.

  • New American Girl doll: poor and Jewish

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 27, 2009 | 5:54 pm

    Her name is Rebecca Rubin. She’s 9 years old and poor, and she lives with her Russian-immigrant parents in Manhattan’s great Jewish ghetto of the early 20th century. There they struggle to save money to bring other family members over to to maintain their traditions (TRADITION!):

  • More toys: Legos from the Bible

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 24, 2008 | 12:34 pm

    Turns out there are more ways to customize your Legos besides turning them into Nazi soldiers and holy warriors. Jackass Letters sent me this link to The Brick Testament, a company that transforms your ordinary Legos into characters and stories from the Bible.

    You can scroll through Jesus’ parables—check out the parable of the tortured debtor—or learn the Lego version of the Exodus. My favorite though are the characters from the Book of Job. That’s Job pictured at left, covered in boils and soars and being cursed by his wife.

  • Lego action figures customized as Nazis and terrorists

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 11, 2008 | 8:21 pm

    Omri Ceren at Mere Rhetoric is on a roll. I mentioned his post about Muslim pilgrims chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” There was also this post from MEMRI about a Palestinian cleric’s instruction to keep fighting jihad against the Jewish “apes and pigs.” But taking...

  • Fisher-Price doll promotes Islam?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 13, 2008 | 4:16 pm

    See that Aryan face? That’s the Little Mommy Cuddle ‘n’ Coo. And believe it or not, that doll is a Muslim emissary.

    OK, I don’t believe it. I’m not sure what this doll actually is saying, but I doubt it’s “Islam is the light.” Mattel, which owns dollmaker Fisher-Price, claims the...

  • In the Pink

    By J.D. Smith

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I'm almost fully pregnant. There's not much for me to do. We're about two weeks away from having a baby girl and I haven't gained a pound. I feel fine. Never better. Thanks for asking.

    We went to a picnic the other day. A woman with a 3-year-old girl told us "your life is going to...

  • Tzedakah With Toys

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When 5-year-old Ariela Weintraub learned about the recent Southern California fires during a family dinner discussion, she was worried. The Santa Monica resident asked her mother, Susan Weintraub, "Mommy, do you think the children who lived in those burning houses lost their toys?"


  • JAKKS Jumps for Children

    By Rachel Brand

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the movie "Little Nicky," Adam Sandler played the son of the devil, but for many Israeli children today Sandler is an angel.

    When the Jewish actor-comedian wanted to do something to help brighten the lives of Israeli children wounded in suicide bombings, he contacted his friend...