So. Excited. Mad Men, Season 4 starts Sunday!

I just can’t wait. I love the time period. I love the clothes. I love the ad agency. I love it all! I am a total Maddict! AdAge had a great article about the new season. A nice little preview that does NOTHING to satiate my curiosity, intentionally. Which just makes me more curious. AHH! Read it here – ‘Mad Men’ Returns, Smoke Clears, and Things Still Aren’t What They Seem (Maybe) He has some seriously astute comments about the deconstruction at the end of season 3 and the reconstruction that may......

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How do you Jew? What is your #ish?

In my family, we like to play with words. My dad is the undefeated MASTER of this. Alliteration, puns, obscure words, rhetorical fun, but of late, his favorite is to turn nouns into verbs. How do you Jew? How are you Jewing? Just Jew it! The Jewish Federation, nationwide, has started a campaign to ask: “What is your #ish?” Essentially, how are you Jewing in your life? What make you Jew#ish? So? What makes you Jew#ish? Tell me and tweet it with the hastag #ish or go to the Federation website and......

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The Saddest Day in Jewish History

Today marks the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. It is Tisha B’Av. Tisha B’Av means literally, the 9th (tisha) day of the month of Av. There were many tragedies that happened on this day in Jewish history and commemorate them and remember the sadness, today is a fasting day. We began fasting last night around 8:20 (well, that is Denver time) and the fast will end 25 hours later at 9pm (again, Denver time). The fast of Tisha B’Av commemorates 5 tragedies that befell the Jewish people on that date: Moses......

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Hi. My name is Talia. And I have road rage.

Seriously. It’s bad. I get very angry when people go way too slow in the left lane or cut people off to get in the far left lane for no reason or when people make stupid choices that risk other people’s lives. All valid concerns… not worth rage though. Today, driving into work, the traffic was gross. There was a 5 car pile up and it was nasty. I was trying to merge from the HOV/toll lane onto the highway and get to the right because the accident was in the left......

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I FOUND A FREE REDIRECT FROM BLOG TO BLOG!

Okay, sorry for shouting but this is awesome!! If you are on Blogspot and you need to redirect your blog to a new location (website or other blog url) here is ALL you have to do! On Blogger: 1. Go to your Dashboard 2. Click on the Design tab 3. Click Edit HTML 4. At the top of your template, find where it says <head> 5. Insert this code after <head> – <meta HTTP-EQUIV=’REFRESH’ content=’0; url=http://YOURNEWWEBSITE/’></meta> 6. Click save and test it! How do you test? Well, silly, just type in the......

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Dancing Brings Joy… Even in the Face of Sorrow

A new Portal Manager and contributor to the Catholic Portal at Patheos, Elizabeth Scalia, writes over at the First Things site on the blog The Anchoress. Recently she wrote a post about a Holocaust survivor who danced at Auschwitz and several other locations of horror in Europe with his daughter and three grandchildren. There have been some broad criticisms of him as well as of his daughter, mainly accusing her of exploiting him and making claims that he “appears” to have dementia (which is false, according to his daughter). I don’t feel......

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I would like to thank the Academy…

Not really… But I do want to thank my friend Matthue Roth for his kind words! He blogged here and here about his article on The Future of Judaism at Patheos. And in the process… said this about me: A few weeks ago, Talia Davis wrote to a bunch of Jewish techy and thinky folks and asked us what we thought about the future of Judaism. Talia is the force of nature behind the religion blog Patheos.com’s Jewish site, and when she chops down a tree, we hear it. Aww! 🙂 I......

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Is this the future Israeli Jewish women are doomed to live?

For a long time Women of the Wall has been a flash point in Israel and it has finally bubbled up and almost over. Anat Hoffman, leader of the group Women of the Wall, was just arrested for carrying a Torah near the Kotel, the Western Wall. These women have been beaten for having strap marks on their arm from Tefillin. Not even people witnessing them wearing it, just the leftover marks. They have been abused verbally, physically, and by the police for minding their own business on their own side of......

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Would a stone by any other name, mean the same thing?

I was struck (no, not literally) by an image I recently came across on Flickr. It was of Palestinian men collecting rocks… well these were rocks on steroids, huge chunks of concrete, to hurl at Israeli soldiers and settlers who might wander down their streets. Photo by Rusty Stewart via FlickrIt occurred to me when I saw this picture that we use rocks for very different purposes. These Palestinians use rocks to hurt and maim. Even in the broader Islamic culture, rocks are used to inflict pain and death. This punishment is usually......

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