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QB Tim Tebow: Update on John 3:16 and Hebrews 12:1-2 and the NFL Jets

Update: Tim Tebow did not merit eternal life with the Jets. See this report, “Noisy Courtship, Quiet Breakup - Jets Dump Tebow” on the NYTimes.com The Times ran a lengthy article about Tebow, when he entered the NFL and struggled as a QB: “In Tebow Debate, a Clash of Faith and Football”. Tebow was still […]

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Artscroll Discovers That 95% of Their Books are Never Opened

Artscroll Discovers That 95% of Their Books are Never Opened

After surveying 10,000 of its customers, Artscroll has discovered that 95% of the books purchased were never opened and merely used for interior design purposes. Artscroll was curious about whether people purchase their books for actual usage or just for looks after one of their interns mentioned that her father owned 3 sets of shas, […]

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Is Jonathan Krohn Jewish?

No and yes. According to the Times, the young (former) conservative is being brought up as a Christian. So no, definitely Jonathan Krohn is not Jewish by religion. Update: At 17, Krohn was doing teshuvah - repenting his conservatism - i.e., he adopted liberal ideas and went to study philosophy at NYU. MSNBC reported in […]

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Reclaim the J.A.P.

Like, oh my g-d! Like, like really…If it looks like a J.A.P. and sounds like a J.A.P., is it a J.A.P. (Jewish American Princess)? Maybe you knew this girl in middle school, or maybe you were this girl in high school: a naïve, airhead Jewess living in a bubble, with no regard for the world […]

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New App Warns Drivers Approaching a Gay Mob

Orthodox Jews in Israel celebrated a new app that works on kosher phones, the app is designed to warn drivers when they are coming upon a gay mob. Many unfortunate incidents happen in Israel when the Ultra-Orthodox happen upon gay mobs, so someone bright enough to create an app to warn of such abominations is […]

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Imagine an Off The Derech Utopia

Imagine a Neo Hasidic community, where you can believe in evolution, the Big Bang and the FSM, you can play basketball, football and hockey, wear a t-shirt, jeans and Rashi-gatches, unlimited masturbation, loads of kishka, kugel and cholent, you can eat lobster on Yom Kipur and pizza on Pesach, you can have premarital relationships and […]

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Inventing the Past: Michael Broyde and Morton Smith

The Jewish Channel’s Steven I. Weiss continued his outstanding investigative reporting with a new story on Rabbi Michael Broyde of Emory University, “Investigation Reveals Additional Questionable Identity With Connections to Broyde’s Scholarship”. It now appears certain that Broyde invented letters by two imaginary rabbis to support his opinions on religious matters. Weiss also found that […]

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Southern Shabbat Dinner: What, No Shrimp?

Delish post today on the Forward’s The Jew and the Carrot about NYC’s City Grit, a culinary salon that hosted a four-course Shabbat meal last week. But questions remain. First of all, what the hosanna is a culinary salon? Can I get my toes done there while noshing? Sounds awfully lofty to be taking on […]

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Eat Less; Swim More

Strange advice from USA Today, “Double up: Diet, exercise together are key to success”. We’ve known all along that if you want to get into good shape you need to eat less and swim more: Folks who want to get in better shape and eat healthier are often encouraged to make one change at a […]

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Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace

Historian Melissa Klapper calls her new book, Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace “a project of documentation and restoration.” As you might expect from a member of JWA’s Academic Advisory Council, she sees her study of American Jewish women’s activism in the period 1890-1940 as filling in what has been left out of both Jewish […]

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10 Things That Could Lead to Mixed Dancing

A modern, Orthodox, Jewish couple, preparing for a religious wedding, meets with their rabbi for counseling. The rabbi asks if they have any last questions before they leave. The man asks, “Rabbi, we realize it’s tradition for men to dance with men, and women to dance with women at the reception. But, we’d like your […]

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A True Leader

Make new friends and keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold. This classic phrase defines much of my childhood as a proud Girl Scout. It is not the words themselves, though, that draw my memory back to my elementary days, but rather the woman that taught them to me. Jill Albert […]

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Is Ryan Lochte, Olmypic Swimmer and Sex Symbol, Jewish?

No, we do not think that swimmer Ryan Lochte is a Jew. His national team bio does not specify his religion. We would guess from his last name that his family goes back to Dutch Protestant roots. The Times’ Style section had an extensive article about Lochte. Ryan Lochte, Olmypic Swimmer and Sex Symbol The U.S. […]

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Gun Control and Orthodox Woman Rabbis: Both Slippery Slopes

Gun control is one of the few debates that are not even worth having, chances are that you’ve made up your mind based on your own little file full of statistics, studies, and facts to support whatever side you’re on. It’s actually one of the few debates where people come armed (no pun intended) with […]

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Why is Women of the Wall Such a Hot Button?

Let’s face it: the cost of a wedding is obscene. Ours was out of town, super low-key AND made possible by the assistance of many very kind people, but just seeing the bills (even though they were marked ‘PAID’) were enough to make you choke on your cud. Mix into that the idea that you […]

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On my Father’s Yahrzeit my Thoughts on His Immortal Soul

At the breakfast at the Park East Synagogue this morning in honor of my dad’s yahrzeit I spoke briefly about the dimensions of the immortality of his soul. I explained that by observing the mourning customs and reciting Kaddish for the soul of the departed, we seek immortality on its behalf in heaven above and […]

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Make her Wedding Night Good!

Let’s face it: the cost of a wedding is obscene. Ours was out of town, super low-key AND made possible by the assistance of many very kind people, but just seeing the bills (even though they were marked ‘PAID’) were enough to make you choke on your cud. Mix into that the idea that you […]

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Sexual Violence and Judaism: As a Community, We Need To Do More

In 2010, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention found that one in five women and one in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime. These numbers are startling. I know what you’re thinking— why are you bringing this up on a Jewish blog? This sort of thing doesn’t happen in our community. It […]

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Halachic Debate: Is There Kosher Sefira Music?

I am not a learned guy, sure I pasken for myself, can leaf through a mishna brura and try to talk in learning with any folks who may be interested, but I do not write halachic diatribes. However, I do have some interesting friends who I’ve always offered to post anything they may write if […]

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I Reach for Words

I started reaching on Monday. This is what I do in times of crisis; I reach. I reach for small acts of healing and care, for the tiny slivers of tenderness that tenuously hold together the places we crack when the weight of the world’s brokenness is unbearable. I reach for the people I love; […]

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Prayers After the Boston Marathon Tragedy

Driving yesterday afternoon I heard on the radio that two bombs had gone off at the Boston Marathon and I immediately said a private prayer. Then my thoughts quickly turned to the people I knew who were running the race. I was on my way to the Jewish Community Center and as soon as I […]

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The Sabbath Soccer Dilemma

Though no one will ever accuse me of correct religious observance, since becoming a Jewish mother I’ve always maintained that Saturdays are meant for rest (and the occasional mani-pedi.) Shabbat at the Yenta house starts with candles on Friday night and usually ends with Havdalah, but sometimes we forget or we’re out and we just […]

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A Book by Rabbi Michael Broyde Revisited

We wrote about a book by Michael Broyde in 2011 and reposted it in 2012. Due to the recent revelations about Broyde, we repost our review again. In 2011 in short we concluded that Broyde’s book called “Innovation in Jewish Law” is not about any innovation and not about any Jewish law. It is about […]

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Lean In and But Keep Your Balance

Last week I heard Sheryl Sandberg address a sold-out theatre in Boston. Sandberg seems to be everywhere these days from the cover of Time Magazine to Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” She has raised the question of balance—of how families work together to handle responsibilities—from something at the back of our minds to something we […]

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What Are the Most Important Issues Facing Orthodoxy?

As a sociologist of the frum community, I’m on a constant quest to figure our strange little community out. In the process of this, I’ve ruffled a few feathers, stirred a few pots, and pissed off some of those folks who have power to throw you in cherem and throw away the key. However, I’ve […]

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Painting the World with True Colors: An Interview with Two Jewish Women Helping to Tell an Incredible Story

In the one instant of silence between the curtain and the applause I remember feeling alive. I remember feeling like my heart had been ripped out of my chest, bounced down a basketball court, and thrown through the hoop for the winning shot. Then we (the audience) erupted in cheers. I was elated, proud, and […]

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Jewish Learning During the Omer

It is customary to study Jewish texts – mostly commonly Pirkei Avot – during the period of time between Passover and Shavuot. Many take the opportunity to occupy themselves with Torah study in the late Shabbat afternoons when the days are longer. The sages believed it was a worthwhile practice and would keep people focused […]

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Boycott Michael Savage

It was only time until one of Orthodox Judaisms biggest supporters would be turned into a whining anti-Orthodox liberal. As I listened to Savage the other night, I checked repeatedly to make sure I wasn’t tuned into NPR (you have to know your enemies and NPR is the best way to know them). For all […]

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Was Shulamith Firestone Jewish?

Yes, the pioneering feminist Shulamith Firestone was at the brackets of her life an Orthodox Jew. She was brought up as an Orthodox Jew as a child, and she was buried in an Orthodox Jewish rite. During her life, the radical feminist activities that she engaged in and the critical books that she wrote were […]

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I Believe - The Most Meaningful Yom Hashoah Yet

Today is Yom Hashoah, the annual day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust. While it is still morning it has already been the most meaningful Yom Hashoah experience for me. I actually had a feeling that Yom Hashoah 2013 wouldn’t be like past experiences. On Thursday, February 7 of this year the Shoah hit […]

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