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The Thing You Need To Know About Jewish Film Festivals Is That They’re Not All About the Holocaust

Savannah Jewish Film Festival starts tonight! Thought I’d share this piece I wrote for the day job about the festival with my dear Yo readers. Even if you can’t attend, there’s an interview with director Roberta Grossman that I’m particularly proud of. Her historic and hilarious look at Judaism’s most famous tune has inspired much […]

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Tu Bishvat, a Super Bowl Ad and Israel’s Soda Water Company

This Shabbat is one of the four Jewish New Years set forth in the Mishna. Tu Bishvat, or Jewish Arbor Day, occurs on the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Sh’vat. In addition to being a birthday for trees, the holiday is deeply connected to the agricultural cycle of the Land of Israel and […]

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Let’s Get Real About Marriage and Parenting

“Being a diplomat is no career for a woman who wants to have a family,” said the consul. “By the time you’re ready to get married he’ll be married,” said my mother. “Don’t put off having children,” said the prominent professor. Jane Eisner’s recent editorial “Marriage Agenda” brought back me to the 80s and 90s. […]

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DNAinfo.com Exposes Worst Scandal of the Brooklyn Yeshivas - Lack of Education for Boys

They tell us who they are, “DNAinfo.com is New York’s leading hyper-local news source, covering New York City’s neighborhoods. We deliver up-to-the-minute reports on entertainment, education, politics, crime, sports, and dining. Our award-winning journalists find the stories — big or small — that matter most to New Yorkers.” And in a series of reports by Sonja Sharp they […]

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Minhagim Busters Discovers That You do Gain Weight on Shabbos!

The folks from minhagim busters have just confirmed, after a long grueling process, that frum Jews do gain weight on shabbos. It’s a common held theory that frum Jews get an extra soul on shabbos and therefore they can eat whatever they want with no fear of obesity. It has been discovered that in our […]

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Is Yair Lapid Jewish?

Yes Israeli politician Yair Lapid is a Jew. David Remnick wrote about him in New Yorker, and evaluated his performance in the 2013 parliamentary election, “…the great surprise was the second-place finisher, a television celebrity and political novice named Yair Lapid, who leads a brand new—but impressively greased—centrist party called Yesh Atid (“There is a […]

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Toes of a Dog for Thin Hair and Other Bible Beauty Secrets

I like to think of myself a pretty low-maintenance gal. No Real Housewives Botox parties around here, and I’ve had the same pot of Benefit eye concealer since my long-ago days at skirt! magazine.(Though my current job is far more stimulating to the brain, I sure do miss the free swag.*sigh*.) I do have my […]

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Google’s Android App Marketplace Offers Inspirational Hitler Quotes Apps

Apple has been criticized by mobile app makers for the difficult process involved in getting their apps into the AppStore. The reason for all the red tape in this process, however, is so Apple can approve each app for content ensuring there is no hate speech or racist material in the app. In France, Apple […]

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Jewish Women in Modern America: Lessons to Live By

Last semester, I was one of four boys in a course at The Weber School dedicated to Jewish women in modern America—a group of people who have had great impact on our lives. However, this group has received little of the public recognition it deserves and is vastly underrepresented in traditional history classes. Like most […]

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10 Things I Hate Most About Modern Orthodox Shuls

There’s really so much to hate about davening in Modern Orthodox shuls, once you get past the joys of the super low mechitza and interesting reading materials in the library, the sad truths hit you all at once. The low mechitza doesn’t allow for open ball scratching and it doesn’t make checking out the ladies […]

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Is Naftali Bennett Jewish?

New Yorker has a long rambling article ostensibly about Naftali Bennett, who is a Jew, and a right wing politician in Israel. The article is by David Remnick, editor of the magazine and also a Jew and politically a liberal. Remnick throws into the article his historical narrative about how Israeli politics has veered further […]

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Gibson Guitars Gives Dave Schneider Hanukkah Gift

Stories of airlines damaging travelers’ baggage are about as common as delayed flights these days, but a particularly dreadful mishap occurred recently. Dave Schneider, the lead guitarist of a Jewish band called the Leevees (with Guster’s Adam Gardner) that produces only Hanukkah-themed songs, was traveling on a flight from Buffalo to Detroit. The Delta flight […]

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“Thinking Inside the Box”: Framing My Grandmother’s Life

I had never taken the time to learn much about my grandmother, Esther Rebeca Leibowich de Bortz’s past. While I knew that something in her history must have gone right—she became a renowned gynecologist in Argentina—large gaps existed between each of the detailed but disconnected anecdotes that she recounted to me over the years. My […]

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5 Reasons Why You Are Still Single: The Kabbalah Infomercial Equivalant

I just got this piece of spam in my inbox and it’s totally awesome. I can imagine this being the type of thing that frum television channels would put on late at late when there was no programming. Instead of Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley, you’d have someone named Baba who’s related to the Baba […]

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The Rabbi Douche Effect

There should be a guy whose job it is to smack rabbis who act like douches. You call a number, “Hey. So and so became a Rabbi 4 months ago and  he’s starting to be a douche to everyone except his groupies and kiruv projects.” “I see… Is he brown-nosing the rich guys yet?” “No.” […]

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Jeremy Piven’s EnTORAHge Bar Mitzvah

Jeremy Piven, most famous for his role on the award-winning series “Entourage,” doesn’t often talk openly about his Jewish faith. In an episode of Entourage, Piven’s character Ari Gold famously donned a tallit at his daughter’s bat mitzvah. In the 7th season of the show Piven appeared with rocker Lenny Kravitz at his niece’s bat […]

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Review of Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Prolific is the word that comes to mind when I think about cookbooks these days. There are hundreds lining the shelves of bookstores or on your computer screen-depending on how you choose to do your shopping. Either way there are a lot of cookbooks to be had, and with new ones published on a regular […]

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There Are No Atheists in a Foxhole or at The Dentist…

Due to Obama’s failure at giving me free dental insurance, I haven’t had a chance to visit the dentist. Due to my lack of dental visits, I haven’t really gotten to experience the fear of getting teeth work done. I know people who aren’t scared of the dentist, but I don’t know anyone who’s into […]

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Is Trash Talking Kosher?

When young kids are verbally harassed by other children they are taught to respond to their provokers by saying that, “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me,” conveying the message that words are not physically damaging and therefore aren’t bothersome. While this phrase has become somewhat effective as a […]

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How Do You Feel About the Shoah?

The Craigslist ad below has some perfectly reasonable questions in the grand scheme of things. If you’re about to have a craigslist shabbat meal you’re bound to get some pretty strange and animated responses. Everyone has an opinion on hairy backs, the two state solution (or final solution depending on your political leanings) and your […]

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Two Snow Days In Israel!

Gotta love a mosaic pot in the snow! If you’re up for a fun mosaic project, so take a look at my DIY mosaic pot tutorial for making mosaic pots like this one, that will weather a good storm once in a while! (Meaning those of you who live in zones 5-7, with frost, and […]

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Who Owns Jewish Ritual?

My rabbinic networks have been abuzz about the second episode of a new reality TV show on TLC called “The Sisterhood.” I first learned of the controversial episode when someone Tweeted the clip to me asking me what I thought. I then sent an article about the episode from The Christian Post to my colleagues […]

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A Brighter Side to “Jewish Mothering”: A Review of “The Guilt Trip”

The Guilt Trip begins by introducing Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen), a thirty— something inventor about to embark on a road trip to sell his innovative organic cleaning product. Andy makes a quick stop at his mom’s (Barbara Streisand) house, and spontaneously invites her to come along for the ride. Their journey cross-country turns into an […]

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Shidduchim: It All Comes Down to the Picture

When you strip away all the BS about family, yichus, education, hashkafa, seminary and white tablecloths it all comes down to looks. All we (both men and women) care about is how our potential shidduch date looks. Case in point, no matter how bad the date sounds to either side, the second I send the […]

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Saw You On Frum Satire

Every once in a while I get back into shidduchim, I thought of a great idea to set up two people the other day and I went through the motions. This involved pictures, details into their lives an all that stuff that people could have just gotten out of the way by going out for […]

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Early Hanukkah in 2013: Jewish Calendar Fun

Whenever I’m asked if the Jewish holidays are coming early or late this year, I promptly answer that they’ll be coming on time. And that’s partially true. Rosh Hashanah will always arrive on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei just as Hanukkah will always begin on the 25th of Kislev. But the […]

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Haute Hot — Eye Candy for both Women and Men

Are you a Hot Channi looking for fashion ideas?  Keep in mind that you need to follow the tznius rules (at least in public), but that’s about it. You are hot. You know it. Hashem made you hot, Koko Fit Club helps keep your tushie from sagging, and you can’t help but flaunt it just […]

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The “War of the Wall” Secret Weapon

It’s easy to dismiss the antics of Warrior of the Wall Anat Hoffman. Her guerrilla gatherings of women in vocal prayer services at the Kosel Maaravi, or Western Wall, in defiance of an Israeli Supreme Court decision and in affront to the traditional Jewish men and women who most frequent the prayer site, are legend. […]

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Is Talmud Art Kosher?

Art is in the eye of the beholder. Pages from old books are placed in glasses, and voila they become art. Holiness is also in the eye of the beholder. Old printed books contain words from ancient rabbis, and voila they become sacred. Ynet reports that in Tel Aviv there has been a, “Gallery threatened […]

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Happy Jew Year!

I blinked and it’s 2013! Here’s hoping all of you had a comfy transition into the post-Mayan era. (If you’d like to read my musings on the Mayan UnApocalypse as well as my aversion to New Year’s Resolutions, I invite you to check out this and this over at the day job.) After some deep […]

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