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When a Woman Cannot Mourn

The Women of the Wall have been fighting for a woman’s right to pray at the Western Wall since 1988.   Today’s featured poet, Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff, responds to the latest challenge facing these women- the right to say Kaddish and mourn at the Western Wall.   When a woman cannot mourn….   The stones […]

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Post-Passover Musings

Here’s hoping everyone had a lovely Pesach! The angel of leavened carbs passed over the Yenta family Tuesday evening in its very traditional forms of pizza and beer, as I believe that the ancient Israelites would be deeply honored with the collective choice of pepperoni and banana peppers. For those who don’t celebrate, you may […]

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App Measures Your Brainwaves to Know When You’re Busy

We like this, been waiting for it for decades. Gizmodo reports, “Automatic Do-Not-Disturb Measures Your Brainwaves to Know When You’re Busy.” Italian-born neuroscientist Ruggero Scorcioni has developed a new technology that will help you get stuff done by deflecting phone calls or other notifications away when you’re busy. Finally, technology to help keep your brainspace […]

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The Latest in Frummy Hocks: BT Insurance

I used to joke that every beis din should have insurance, kind of like errors & omissions, for cases in which they convert someone whose observance level goes south as soon as they come out of the mikveh. Because a halachic conversion is so emotionally grueling and takes so long, it’s hard to find insincere […]

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Travelouge for National Poetry Month

I’m tempted to rhyme, to watch my cadence, to count syllabus, or maybe even don dark clothing and take to a smoke filled slam poetry session. These aren’t my usual temptations- but this isn’t a usual month.  April is National Poetry Month. The Academy of American Poets introduced the month in 1996 with the hope […]

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Moroccan Mofleta: The First “Bread” After Passover!

Here in Israel, Passover ended last night, and just as soon as we were able to wash all the dishes and pack up all the pots and kitchen items that we use only on Passover, we headed over to a neighbor for a festive post-Passover Moroccan get together called a mimouna. In order to host […]

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What Made Rav Soloveitchik a Great Talmud Teacher?

When we published this short essay in 2005 in the Commentator, the YU undergraduate newspaper, we were proud to extol our rebbe in the most glowing terms we could imagine. After further review, as they say in the NFL, we still feel that way… R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik: Indelible Beginner In the fall of 1969, […]

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Meet Carrie Brownstein: A Triple Threat

Although there’s nothing Jewish about her music, Carrie Brownstein is a bonafide Jewish rock star, as well as cowriter and co-star of the hit sketch comedy show “Portlandia” on IFC.  In an interview on the MAKERS website, she reveals her early interest in acting, her start in rock music, and her success as an actor […]

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Wedding Websites and Apps Are New Buzz

Couples about to be married can add  a “Wedsite” to their pre-wedding to-do list. Not too long ago wedding guests had to make a phone call to inquire where the couple was registered for gifts. They didn’t know much about what to expect at the wedding. And they likely had to wait for the rabbi […]

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Meet Rosabeth Moss Kanter - She Led the Way for Women in the Workforce

I remember how excited I was to discover Rosabeth Moss Kanter in the early 1980’s. She was one of the few females writing about leadership and organizational change management. I hungrily devoured The Change Masters as a relatively new nonprofit CEO navigating roiling changes in the healthcare and political landscape while learning to lead a […]

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Meet Beate Sirota Gordon – Who Knew?

Beate Sirota Gordon (1923-2012), feminist and Asian arts impressario, was only 22 years old when she wrote women’s rights into Japan’s constitution. In her postwar career as a director of performing arts, first for the Japan Society and then the Asia Society in New York City, she introduced Americans to Asian visual and performing arts, […]

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Tonight My Daughter Will Celebrate Her First Passover

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in my car outside my daughter’s day care. No worries, there’s no crying here, no major trauma. I’m trying to check things off my list while waiting for the start of “El dia de Primavera,” a celebration of the first day of spring. Three months ago, after 36 hours […]

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Jackie Hoffman Doesn’t Care If You Find The Feminist Message

Throughout March, Baruch College Performing Arts Center has been presenting a series of Jewish comediennes in partnership with the Jewish Women’s Archive and Baruch’s Jewish Studies Center called “Solo in the City: Jewish Women, Jewish Stars”. With a mix of well-known names and up-and-comers in the lineup, the series defies the temptation to draw generalizations […]

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Free Passover Seder Haggadah Online Download

Here are several of the best places you can go online to download a Passover Haggadah for your Seder. The Jewish Agency Haggadah Links About.com Online Haggadah Links Wikisource Hebrew Haggadah Page The Union Haggadah (CCAR Classical Reform) Haggadah According to the Rite of Yemen: with the Arabic-Hebrew The Kol Menachem Haggadah: Nusach Haarizal, by […]

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T-Shirt of the Week: It’s A Crummy Job, But Somebody’s Gotta Do It

Attention all members of the Afikomen Search & Retrieval Unit 613! Your uniforms from Jewnion Labelare ready! But you know who’s not ready? This yenta. Yes, I should’ve been chametz-hunting this weekend like a good Jewish mama, but we all know how that usually goes for me. Instead I accompanied Yenta Boy to Athens for […]

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Search for Chametz Android Smart Phone App

Originally for iPhone, this year there is an android app in the Google Play store for the search for chametz. The No Chametz app helps Jews go through the process of searching, cleaning, destroying and selling their chametz prior to the Passover holiday. Having Chametz in your possession can be a serious halachic issue. This app […]

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Passover Message 2013

As we celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover this year, we will ask several questions. One question I encourage all of us to ask — no matter our religion, age or current location on this earth — is how we plan to make this year different from past years? The tradition of the Passover seder […]

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Stuck in a “Pissed Off” Time Warp

Sometimes when I’m speaking about my alma mater, Smith College, I’ll start with Gloria Steinem. Forget being the largest of the Seven Sister schools, or having the first women’s engineering program, or even the amazing education I received. For bragging rights, I go straight to fellow Smithie Ms. Steinem. Steinem turns 79 next week, although […]

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Is Julius Genachowski Jewish?

Yes, Julius Genachowski is a Jew. Barack Obama named Genachowski as Head of the Federal Communications Commission in 2009. He announced his intention to resign in March, 2013. Several news reports confirmed that, “Mr. Genachowski, attended yeshiva through high school and studied in yeshiva in Israel before going to Columbia… His parents are immigrants who […]

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Meet Miriam Kobey, “Denver’s Angel of Mercy”

An Orthodox Jewish woman from Suwalki, Poland, Miriam (Mary) Rachofsky (Kobey) was an unlikely pioneer on the western frontier. Her passion for helping others led to a successful career as a midwife in Denver at a time when very few women ran their own businesses. At age 16, Miriam Rachofsky left her family’s small farm […]

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Haggadah Feeling - Some Fresh Haggadot for Passover

I began collecting different versions of the haggadah, the Passover seder’s playbook-script-manual, when I was in college. It all started by ordering a new one each year in anticipation of the holiday and somehow my collection now exceeds 100 and has demanded its own bookcase. This pales in comparison with the vast haggadah collection of […]

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Meet Sammie Moshenberg - Mazel Tov!

At its gala dinner on Tuesday, the National Council of Jewish Women will honor Sammie Moshenberg, Director of Washington Operations, for 30 years of service in NCJW’s Washington office. If anyone had told me when I knew her in high school that in 2008 Women’s eNews would name her one of “21 Leaders for the […]

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Google Keep Kosher?

Keep Kosher? Yes we think that Google’s newest service called “Keep” is glatt Kosher. It’s a keeper. Here is what Google says about Keep: Quickly capture what’s on your mind and recall it easily wherever you are. Create a checklist, enter a voice note or snap a photo and annotate it. Everything you add is […]

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What are the Most Offensive Things in Orthodox Judaism

Like any skeptical guy I like to troll all of the off the derech sites to justify missing z’manim and not full submitting my emunah to Judaism. I also like to focus on the negative parts of frum Judaism to justify doing things that are against frumkeit, like buying lotto tickets instead of getting into […]

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Meet Diane Arbus - A Journey into the Surreal

At first glance Diane Arbus might seem like an odd role model.  To many she is simply a photographer of freaks. Her name is usually associated with the marginal and with what some call the “deviant.” Author Norman Mailer once said “giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands […]

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Is the Jewish Soul Immortal?

Is the Jewish soul immortal? Yes, tradition teaches us that if the proper procedures are followed, the Jewish soul is immortal. And the immortality is redundant. The soul of a departed loved one lives on in a vertical immortality in heaven and in a horizontal immortality as part of the collective of the Jewish people. […]

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Troublemaking is an Unpredictable Sport

“When women talk about their accomplishments, it’s a signal to others to stop liking them,” said Rachel Sklar. “For men, success correlates with positive feelings. Women want to be well liked, they don’t want to rock the boat. We have to support our troublemakers.” Sklar, a speaker, writer, and creator of TheLi.st, a media platform […]

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Is Lena Dunham Jewish?

Yes, Lena Dunham is a Jew. She is creator and star of the controversial hit HBO series Girls, which “we hear” is edgy and entertaining. Wikipedia reports, “Dunham’s father is Protestant, and according to Dunham, a Mayflower descendant; Dunham’s mother is Jewish.” Dunham told the Jewish Journal: “I went to Hebrew school for, like, two […]

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Everybody Suddenly Loves Quinoa on Pesach

Quinoa sucks and I’m sure most of you would agree, if it didn’t suck you’d have people eating it as is, like they do with rice, but instead quinoa is usually dressed up with all sorts of things to mask its earthy, nutty and dirt-like flavor. Sure, I eat quinoa once in a while, but […]

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Where Can You Find the Best Deals on Passover Wine?

We wanted to know where to get some wine for Passover. A friend showed us wine-searcher.com and we were impressed. Here is what the site claims about their wine search service: The Wine-Searcher search engine lists 5,554,710 wines and prices from 38,491 merchants around the world, making it easy to locate and purchase wine at the […]

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