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Lincoln’s Time Machine

Lincoln's Time Machine

They say the book is always better than the movie, and for the most part that tends to be true. But when it comes to “Lincoln”, Steven Spielberg’s biopic of Abraham Lincoln, I don’t think that’s the case. The most difficult part of truly understanding history is that we inevitably view the historical figures through […]

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30 Course Tasting Menu with 15 Wines: Gluttony or Kedusha?

Every once in a while you hear complaints about materialism in the frum media, it usually has to do with lavish yeshiva fundraising banquets, expensive pesach hotels in Hawaii and those marble columns that your neighbor in Monsey decided to adorn their ugly house with. These complaints usually have to do with “how can someone […]

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Is Yale President Peter Salovey Jewish?

Yes, Yale President Peter Salovey is a Jew. He is also a psychology professor, a bluegrass musician (see article) and a cousin of my rabbinic teacher, Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Hat tip to Billy for bringing this to our attention. Here is an article from the Yale Daily News that describes the president’s rabbinic relationships. […]

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Why History is not Just About the Past

A fire blazes through a garment factory. The building has too few exits and not enough fire escapes. Fire equipment cannot reach the fire. More than 100 people—many of them young women—die. Bodies, burnt beyond recognition, line the floor of a government building, awaiting identification. If you’re thinking, “I know that story—it happened at New […]

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Times: Mindful Golf Works

The New York Times in Keeping Your Eye on the Ball reports on studies that prove what we already knew for years, to wit, if you watch the ball at impact as you drive or swing or putt, you will hit a good shot: Training yourself to keep your eye on the ball — which […]

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Tasty Treat: Talking Shop with Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman

Just before my favorite holiday last week, I sat down with the prolific food-blogger-turned-cookbook-author Deb Perelman. The founder of the Smitten Kitchen was recently given a spot on the Forward 50 and is currently touring the U.S. to promote her new book, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook. Next […]

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Apparently I Was Supposed to Announce my Temporary Vacation

In the blog world people need constant content and if they don’t get that content they typically don’t visit your site. Of course, I was surprised last month when my pay per click advertising was at it’s regular rate and so I went into my stats to take a look and it appeared that 2,000 […]

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Our Disproof of Heaven

We read a puff piece in the Times today about “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife” by Dr. Eben Alexander III, “Readers Join Doctor’s Journey to the Afterworld’s Gates.” We also read a slam of the book on Salon, “Dr. Eben Alexander’s so-called afterlife. A doctor says he proves heaven’s existence in his bestselling […]

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Should Shuls be Welcoming Places?

I used to judge a shuls friendliness factor purely based on the amount of meal invites I received during davening. I used to come on in take a seat and literally wait for people to come up to me to say good shabbos and throw some free food my way, but recently I started thinking […]

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Playing Golf with My Deceased Uncle

My Uncle Jerry passed away in February 2009 and I miss him every day. However, I seem to miss his presence more over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend which comes to a close today. Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday and we always spent it together. I recently wrote this tribute about him and how he influenced […]

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Giving a Helping Paw

Aside from FrumSatire’s  recent “no new blog post crisis” in our community, there have been many other problems we have been dealing with over the past few weeks. Probably nothing greater than last week’s storm. I myself am still suffering the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the terrible devastation it brought to my community and to me personally. […]

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Mourning Under Glass – a Review

You will not enjoy reading Mourning Under Glass, which is exactly why you should read it. It is not meant to be enjoyed, but to drag you in to where you really do not want to go. You will feel pain, be moved to tears, and have to think the “what if it would have […]

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In Celebration of Our Bodies…and Our Unique Wiring

In case you haven’t heard, Naomi Wolf just came out with a new book, Vagina: A New Biography, and it just might change your life. You have probably heard of the mind-body connection, perhaps even the brain-gut connection. But more obscure and far less discussed is the brain-vagina connection; Naomi Wolf embarks on an entertaining and […]

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Parsha Vayetzei and Thanksgiving

Ten years later I was learning Torah in Jerusalem. The Rabbi was explaining why the matriarch Leah named her fourth son Yehuda, a name derived from the word “to thank.” Since the moniker “Jew” derives from the name “Yehuda,” thanking is somehow integral to being Jewish. But why did Leah wait until her fourth child […]

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We’re Grateful For… Having Come A Long Way, Baby

As we approach this year’s Thanksgiving, I asked some of the JWA staff members how far they’ve come—personally or politically, culturally or collectively—and how that’s inspired a sense of gratitude. Here is a sampling from Etta King, Michelle Cash, Stephen Benson, and Ellen Rothman. Etta King, Education Program Manager This year, I am truly grateful […]

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The Power of the Soul: Actions That Create Connection

How can we come closer to Hashem? How can we connect to the heavenly spark within us? The basis of the connection between the Jewish people and Hashem is the Torah symbolized by the tablets that were hidden inside the ark. There were two keruvim (angels) atop the ark in the shape of a male […]

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We Should All Learn From Magic Johnson, Especially the New York Jets

Anonymity often serves a very important purpose in religious and secular life. The Talmud teaches us that one of the greatest forms of charity is “Matan BiSeter,” anonymous giving, which spares the recipient from embarrassment and shame. It can also be used as a sort of deterrent: Moshe asked God to delete his name from […]

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Phyllis Schlafly: Groundbreaker for Women’s Rights?

For today’s young feminists, the name Phyllis Schlafly may be totally unfamiliar; if anything, it triggers a distant memory of a footnote in an AP US History textbook. Those activists who lived and fought during the Second Wave are, however, all too familiar with the uber-conservative activist. Ever since the 1940s, Schlafly has preached that […]

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Israel’s Gaza Situation Becomes Cyber War

Social media changes the zeitgeist in ways we couldn’t have imagined. As we saw with the recent presidential election, opinions and attacks now travel at the speed of light. And so it should be no surprise that the ongoing Middle East conflict in Gaza between the Palestinians and Israelis has escalated into a Cyber war. […]

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The Impurity of Sin

In my experience, we tend to express and think of sin in terms of personal failure.  Sin is an example of not reaching our potential, not creating the relationship with God we might have, making poor choices.  All true, and those locutions are helpful in stimulating us to repent and change, to improve and grow. […]

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Could Toronto Blue Jays Choose Rabbi As Manager?

While the Toronto Blue Jays have already been having an active off-season with some big potential trades, the baseball talk in Toronto’s Jewish community has to do with the team’s next manager. Zev Icyk is currently studying at the Rabbinical College of America, one of the largest Chabad Lubavitch yeshivas. Located in Morristown, N.J., the […]

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Staying Still to Serve

When He finished speaking with Avraham, G-d left [him]. Avraham then returned to his place. — Gen. 18:33 Frank took me to the Oval Office (my first view of it) . Henry Kissinger was also there, with Nixon, and when the exchange had gone on for about fifteen minutes Dwight Chapin (appointments secretary and dirty […]

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Jewish Mothers Are Born to Kvetch and Worry

Ninety-one year old Selma Baraz and really pissed at her rotten son for ruining her life. See, as a Jewish mother, it’s her God-given right to complain about everything that enters her vortex. Even if it’s a good thing, like a free meal or hot celebrity men in their skivvies, there has to be a […]

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Start Today - Quit Smoking for Good

The Times has a good article on how to quit smoking. The Cancer Society designated today as the great American smokeout day for this year. The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Great American Smokeout on November 15 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan […]

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Is It Cold and Flu Season Yet?

As the air turns brisk and squash appear in the grocery store, I realize that autumn really is here. Though winter is still a ways off, a quarter of my colleagues and a handful of our patients are already starting to sniffle and cough. I am not amused to report that I too have succumbed […]

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The Talmud of Madoff and Wiesel: Review of a Drama at the Garage Theatre at FDU in Teaneck: Extended to November 18

We recommend that you go see the Madoff Drama at the Garage Theatre at FDU in Teaneck, now extended to November 18. We saw it, and our instant review is that this is a worthy play and a spirited first-rate production by a polished professional group - and right here in our back yard! Talmudic […]

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Is Eric Cantor Jewish?

Yes, Eric Cantor is a Jew. Wikipedia reports about Kantor: Cantor, the second of three children, was born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Mary Lee (née Hudes), a schoolteacher, and Eddie Cantor, who owned a real estate firm. His paternal family immigrated from Eastern Europe in the early 1900s and his maternal grandfather was […]

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The Army Nurse You Should Meet Today

“A Boston girl, one of the shortest girls in the unit. Maybe 4-foot-10. When we came ashore at Normandy, she almost drowned because she couldn’t touch bottom.” An hour before she was to die, Army nurse Lt. Frances Slanger sat before a fire and wrote a letter to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes. “With […]

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T-Shirt of the Week: Spinning into the Holiday Spirit

I looked at the calendar this morning and saw that Chanukah is in less than four weeks WHA’?! I’ve barely finished picking wax out of the carpet from last year! Actually, I loooove it when the Festival of Lights falls early (as in, before Christmas) because we get our holiday season all to ourselves — […]

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Partners For Life: The First Jewish Marriage

The Midrash expounds the verse, “Yodeiya Hashem yemei temimim. Hashem knows the days of the perfect ones.” The Midrash says this refers to Sarah, who was perfect in her actions. A similar Midrash says this refers to Avraham, who was perfect. The difference between the two Midrashim is that the word ‘actions’ is mentioned in […]

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