Judaism


Matis and Matthue
Judaism |
August 28, 2009

Matis and Matthue

B”H I really have been enjoying Matthue Roth’s work (which I find on Facebook, My Jewish Learning, and his blog). His writing has really inspired me in the time I have been doing the Jewish content for Patheos. In fact, his article on Molly Goldberg + the interview with Aviva Kempner on NPR got me researching and ultimately writing about Molly. So Matthue has recently done an interview with Matisyahu for MJL which is a really incredible piece. He (and MJL) so graciously let me use it for the Patheos website. I......

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Obama, Israel and the Financial Crisis pt. 2

So the previous post was born out of my Facebook conversations today. I would like to share with you the extended conversation I had with an acquaintance from college. We will call him “JU” (like our university). A few others jumped into the conversation and I will add them in with appropriate names. 🙂 After I posted the Patheos discussion about the Dems blaming the Jews, I got this comment on my wall – (here we go folks, be sure you are strapped in and ready for the ride) JU – talia,......

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Obama, Israel and the Financial Crisis pt. 1

So… as part of my job at Patheos, I posted a discussion in our discussion forum. Here is a link to it – Are Jews to Blame? In a nutshell (help I’m in a nutshell… sorry couldn’t resist) it discusses that more Democrats than Republicans BLAME JEWS!!! for the financial crisis!!!! 34%, in fact!! That is incredible to me considering that we Jews don’t have any financial magical power. There are those stereotypes. There have always been those stereotypes. Why? Because back in the day, Jews were forbidden from doing many jobs.......

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There she is, folks — that’s Molly Goldberg, a woman with a place in every heart and a finger in every pie.

If you are like me (a week ago) you have NO idea who Molly Goldberg/Gertrude Berg is. I was listening to NPR on Friday and heard a very interesting story. It was about this Jewish woman in the 1920’s who created a sitcom, The Goldbergs. In fact, she created the genre of sitcom, to an extent. It started as a radio show and then was adapted to television. It went off the air in the 1950’s. Sadly, most of the episodes were destroyed but there are a few historical records of the......

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Mayim Balik on What Not To Wear

I have to say that I was incredibly disappointed in this episode of What Not To Wear.What they neglected to show is that Mayim is an Orthodox Jewish woman and she following the laws of tznius (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tznius). They even had her study partner on the show to talk about it (http://www.jewinthecity.com/a/2009/05/mayim-bialik-to-guest-star-on-a-very-special-jew-in-the-city.html) but they cut it. They criticize the length of her skirts and encourage her to hem her skirts shorter and wear sleeveless tops but that may not be what she feels is appropriate. Why can’t we find modest and attractive clothing?......

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A great shul guide
Judaism |
July 01, 2009

A great shul guide

I got this in an email from Parasha Partners today. It is a really helpful guide for the Saturday morning services. CAN YOU STAND IT? by RABBI REUVEN DRUCKER Dear Rabbi: I occasionally go to synagogue on Shabbat, but feel very uncomfortable — I never know when to stand or sit. I expect that I will eventually figure it out, but it would be helpful if there were some general guidelines you can provide. Thanks,Janet N. Dear Janet: To stand or to sit – that is the question that has engaged the......

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A new spin on comparative religion

SO, in my last blog (almost a month ago… yeah, sorry about that) I spoke briefly about my new job at Patheos. Background – Patheos is a comparative religion website with a fantastic interface. It is a fabulous resource for anyone who is studying religion, wanting to know more about their own traditions, or has questions that have plagued them for years. The site launched on May 5 and it has been SO exciting! We have had some great coverage on the launch. See our Time.com article here. Leo and Cathie (the......

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New Job!
Judaism, PR & Marketing |
April 20, 2009

New Job!

I started a new job today at www.patheos.com. It is a comparative religion website with a social interaction aspect. I highly recommend checking this site out. It hasn’t fully launched yet (look for the main launch on May 5th) but it is super cool. The Judaism gateway needs some work so go to the contact us button if you are interested in being a contributor. I don’t have too much to say about it yet but I will keep you updated. (Come on, today is only my first day!)...

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G-d’s Grand Gestures
Judaism |
March 06, 2009

G-d’s Grand Gestures

Or should I say Grand… like Grand Pas or Grand Pas d’action… meaning big or large step. A Grand Pas d’action is a large step that contributes to the story being told. I believe in G-d’s Grand Gestures, the Grand Pas d’action of G-d, only because I have first hand experience in them. They come at the crappiest times, putting me in the crappiest positions, and usually with crappy consequences. But the beauty of these, shall we call them, G3s is that there is always something better on the other side. Not......

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