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  • Aren’t you cold? Conversations with my Jewish family:

    By Julie Bien

    November 5, 2013 | 11:12 am

    1.  About boyfriends

    Me: So, what do you think of him?

    Mom: It doesn't matter what I think. Are you happy?

    Me: Yes. Very.

    Mom: As long as you marry someone that's Jewish. That's important. Is your boyfriend Jewish? I just don't want you to get too serious if he isn't. 

    ... read on
  • Jewish Folklore: Helping you keep your demons, ghosts and monsters straight

    By Julie Bien

    October 31, 2013 | 10:27 am

    In the spirit of the season, I've compiled a glossary of the most well-known ghosts, demons and monsters in Jewish mythology. So next time you catch yourself wondering whether you're possessed by a Dybbuk or an Ibbur, or you find yourself wanting to create a Golem to watch your... read on

  • Remembering Lou Reed with some of our favorite songs

    By Julie Bien

    October 28, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    I initially intended to do a music round-up of all my favorite Jewish musicians, but in light of Lou Reed's passing, at age 71, on Sunday morning (The Velvet Underground fans will understand the meta nature of that) I've decided to bring you a few of my (and my colleagues')... read on

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  • In the spirit of Halloween: 10 spooky haunts in the LA area

    By Julie Bien

    October 23, 2013 | 3:45 pm

    Ladies and gents, guys and ghouls--in the spirit of Halloween, I'd like to present you with a guide to some of the best ghost-infested locales in the LA area. Although a few of these haunts are hardly hidden, most are not mainstream enough to draw a crowd--perfect for those of you... read on

  • Jews with tattoos: the good, the bad and the oy vey

    By Julie Bien

    October 15, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Before I go any further, I would like to acknowledge that tattoos are a controversial subject--not only because they are forbidden under religious law, but mostly because of the weight they carry as signifiers of the Holocaust. This article does not in any way aim to diminish the... read on

  • 5 reasons Jews win so many Nobel prizes

    By Julie Bien

    October 9, 2013 | 11:55 am

    Members of the Tribe are winning Nobel Prizes left and right. Although Jews make up only 0.2 percent of the world's population, they win an astonishing 22 percent of Nobel Prizes.  In fact, six have won so far this year. 

    This year's crop of Jewish winners includes:

     - All... read on

  • Top 10 deli foods that are (not so) secretly trying to kill you

    By Julie Bien

    October 8, 2013 | 3:04 pm

    It shouldn't come as a surprise that the cuisine offered at your local deli is not the gold standard of healthy fare. Between the salt content and the saturated fat, every time you eat at a deli you are one meal closer to dying. But then again, who wants to live in a world without... read on

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