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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Comparisons to Hitler

One of the Patheos guys has been writing a series on the Tea Party and different implications of it. (To read his great, albeit right leaning, perspectives on the Tea Party click here.) In this last article, I was linked to some pictures of when Bush was in power. Now I am NOT a Bush fan and I did vote for Obama… It doesn’t mean that I think Obama is the messiah or anything but I realized a couple of things looking at these pictures. 1. It doesn’t matter what side of......

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The Bonds of Sisterhood

I don’t know if I can say that I was never a joiner… really I felt like I was always on the outskirts of the groups I was in… Cheerleading, Drama Club, Youth Group… but I was always looking for some broader connection. I think a lot of this came from my family. When I was very little we lived with my grandparents but as I got older, my dad found work away from the Northeast and we were our own unit. My aunts and uncles didn’t visit and my mom’s family......

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Dear Pop. A Letter From My Father to His.

I asked my father, Rebahir Davis, to write a piece about how his father inspired his Judaism for Patheos. His response was overwhelming to me as it brought back a flood of memories of my grandfather. However, it also gives a beautiful insight into the evolution of Judaism. Please take a minute to read it here – http://bit.ly/d6JzYK – comment on the article, share on Facebook or Twitter, etc. Thanks!...

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My Tatti Taught Me A Little Shuckel…

Okay, I admit it… I don’t have the best memory in the world but there are a few things from my childhood that stick out clearly. I have mentioned some of them before, here in this blog, but with Father’s Day rapidly approaching, I have asked my team to write about their father’s and how they shaped their Jewish life. And so, I thought I would talk about the memories from my childhood of my dad. My dad and me, 1983ish… these were called “Tali-Ups” The men in my life have always......

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Gimmel Tammuz – Lubavitcher Lore and Holy Days

Today marks an auspicious day on the Chabad Lubavitcher’s calendar. Today is Gimmel Tammuz (the third day of the month of Tammuz). On this day in 5754 or 1994 in Gregorian years, the Lubavitcher Rebbe passed away. This dealt a hard blow to the community. He and his wife were childless and he did not appoint a successor. This divided the community, some believing that he was the Moshiach (messiah) and some not believing in that. It is a topic that still divides Crown Heights today. A newly published biography of the......

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Capstone – Now I Need YOUR Help!

Hello! So I am in the data collection phase of this capstone and I need everyone’s help. I told my advisors that I have pretty good digital reach and a nice online network, now I have to prove it. I need at least 100 responses to this survey or my data isn’t really valid. PLEASE take this survey and have your friends do it as well. It isn’t very long or intrusive, I promise!!! Please take it asaps! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TaliasCapstone Thanks!...

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