Posts tagged "judaism"

Talmud-Made-Easy

Talmud for dummies: Brooklyn-based publisher ArtScroll/Mesorah has sunk $21 million into a new, 73-volume, easy English edition of the Talmud. Now that’s some religion media.

What’s a Nice Jewish Girl to Do?

“How a beautiful, artistic, well-to-do Jewish girl became, by turns, a hippie and still later a fundamentalist Christian makes for a fascinating chapter in the story of postwar Jewish identity.” Paul Zakrzewski reviews Assembling My Father in Forward.

They Have What to Say?

Hamodia, America’s only English-language Jewish daily, was conceived as an antidote to mainstream press. For Stephen Vider, writing at Nextbook, it seemed like an opening into an insular world. Instead, he found that it functions as another closed door. “Hamodia didn’t cover the Abu Ghraib scandal for a week and then, the editors deleted the key paragraph from...

Judaism’s Thriving Concern

“Today thousands of Chabad faithful are expected to gather in Queens, N.Y., at the grave of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson to mark the 10th anniversary of his death. Among them will be a fair number who believe Schneerson is soon to be resurrected.” William Lobdell writes of “Judaism’s Thriving Concern.”

10 June 2004 Daily Links

8:44 pm: One of the bloggers at Not Perfection puts the events of the week in perspective. “I feel bad about Ronald Reagan’s passing, but let’s keep perspective. You heard the call for it here first — put Ray Charles on the ten-dollar bill. Can I get an Amen?” Amen! 4:55 pm: Elizabeth Frankenberger in the Forward on the 75th birthday of Anne...

jBlogs

Scholars, wonks, and rebbeles; mameles and makhers-in-their-own-minds; such are the denizens of jBlog (as the Jewish blogosphere is called). We’ve started with these blogs because they’re smart, or funny, or maybe even both. Some are neither, but they take us into parts of the Jewish world we’d never see otherwise. Our initial selection isn’t representative...

Shabbat Reading

Shabbat reading below; but first, a scooped report: Is muscular Christianity entering a new weight class? Yes — and you read it on The Revealer first. Now, from The New York Times:The Return of the Warrior Jesus. The Head Heeb is one of the few bloggers of any faith to pay attention to the alleged coup attempt in Sudan,...

Everybody’s Jew

I Was a Passion News Source. By Laurel Snyder It’s a strange thing, the hunger for public statements, testimonials. Periodically, an important event takes place and forces the media to seek out a community response. And if you happen to work for Hillel in the nearly-rural-overwhelmingly-Christian Midwest, you get a lot of calls from smalltown papers, hungering for the Jewish...

Prayer Maps

Pizza parlors, shipping offices, printing shops, jewelry shops — temples, all, as revealed by photographer Jaime Permuth‘s “Manhattan Mincha Map,” a virtual exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. The Mincha is the shortest of the three daily prayers said by orthodox Jewish men, consisting mainly of 19 blessings recited while standing, “symbolic,” Permuth points...

Ca-razy for Kabbalah

David Klinghoffer writes erudite but peculiar books. In one, he recalled his teenage self-circumcision as part of a “conversion” experience (to “real” Judaism). In his more recent effort, The Discovery of God, he writes of “the Master of the Universe holding in His hand the desiccated member of [Abraham].” In other words, Klinghoffer, a frequent contributor to The...

Judaism

Smart and/or Funny Forward originally “Forverts,” began life as a socialist Yiddish paper edited by the legendary Abraham Cahan, was reborn in English under the aegis of the indomitable neocon Seth Lipsky, and now marches to points unknown under the direction of J.J. Goldberg, a bit more balanced than both of his predecessors. But the Forward retains the...

The Education of Aviel Barclay

As Leah Eichler tells it in Moment, a Jewish monthly, the story of Aviel Barclay — poised to become the first woman to scribe a Torah scroll — is a bit like that of Goldilocks. Barclay’s first yeshiva expelled her when it learned of her ambition; she left her next school when teachers and students started whispering of “heresy”; but the...