Category: Culture

Time Magazine's "Person Of The Year" Mistake

Time Magazine's "Person Of The Year" Mistake
Time Magazine has named Joe Biden and Kamala Harris their “Person of the Year” for 2020. Grammar issues aside, this is clearly a wrong choice. Early yesterday, Time revealed their “short list” of finalists for “ the person who affected the news or our lives the most, for better or worse”. Joe Biden Donald Trump Frontline heath care workers... Read more »

Resolve to listen to these Jewish podcasts

Resolve to listen to these Jewish podcasts
There are almost 100 titles in my podcast player. Before the holidays more than 150 episodes were taunting me with their unlistened-to-ness. After a bit of a podcast binge during the past 10 days, I’m down to under 80 unplayed episodes. To mark this “achievement”, I’m finally writing this long-planned post to share the best... Read more »

Translating "Papa John" Schnatter's Apology

Translating "Papa John" Schnatter's Apology
This morning it was reported that Papa John’s Pizza founder, John Schnatter, had “allegedly” used the N-word in a sensitivity training conference call back in May. Colonel Sanders called blacks ‘n—–s,’ ” Schnatter allegedly said. He then complained that Sanders was never publicly condemned for his remarks, Forbes reported. Schnatter also discussed growing up in... Read more »
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The Jewiest thing on television this week

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This video is from the latest episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, in which the title character Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) faces off against her childhood nemesis – and opposing counsel in court – Audra Levine (Rachel Grate). It just might be the Jewiest thing on television this week. There’s a shout out to my college fraternity... Read more »

District 211 bigots don't understand compromise, minority rights or the Bible

District 211 bigots don't understand compromise, minority rights or the Bible
Yesterday the District 211 school board approved a settlement with a transgender student that will allow her access to the girls’ locker room. The student agreed to use a private area of the locker room, and the district says the settlement applies only in this case and does not establish a district-wide policy. The school... Read more »

The 2000 Year Old Man: Wise Beyond His Years

The 2000 Year Old Man: Wise Beyond His Years
People like to give advice. Sometimes these words of wisdom are good, sometimes they’re not so good, and sometimes they are just terrible. But the wisest words of all are those which come back to you again time after time after time. You do something, or something happens to you, and there’s that voice from... Read more »
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The Week In Judaism: Interfaith Weddings, Netanyahu, Huckabee and Hatikvah

The Week In Judaism: Interfaith Weddings, Netanyahu, Huckabee and Hatikvah
Here are a few interesting Jewish related stories which I came across last week. Interfaith Weddings On Tablet, Rabbi Adina Lewittes explains why she decided to officiate at interfaith weddings, even though it meant she would have to leave the Conservative Movement in which she has served for almost three decades. Although many Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis... Read more »

Is It Possible To Give Too Much Credit To G-d?

Is It Possible To Give Too Much Credit To G-d?
  Each week, on another blog (www.thetorahinhaiku.com) I post a haiku and a few thoughts about something in the weekly Torah portion.  This week, as I was sharing the post on Facebook, the comment I added was the question that is the title of this post.  The more I looked at it, the more I... Read more »

Would This Be Hitler's Favorite Holocaust Book?

Would This Be Hitler's Favorite Holocaust Book?
Phil Chernofsky has created what might be Adolf Hitler’s favorite Holocaust book. Chernofsky, the educational director the OU (Orthodox Union) Israel Center in Jerusalem, is the “author” of a 1,250-page volume entitled “And Every Single One Was Someone“. Arguably, it’s not really a book, but a work of  art in the form of a book,... Read more »
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NBC Affiliate Airs MD Mall Shooting Witness's Full Name And Cell Phone Number

NBC Affiliate Airs MD Mall Shooting Witness's Full Name And Cell Phone Number
  At just after 1:00 CST, during their coverage of today’s shopping mall shooting, MSNBC aired (what was presumably*) a live feed from WRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Washington DC. A reporter was interviewing a young woman named Lauren. She works at the Columbia Mall and was near the scene of the shooting when she... Read more »