As Independence Day, the fast of Tammuz and Shabbat all coincide, American Jews have the opportunity to both celebrate our religious freedom and retrace what we did when it was threatened.
Jewish mathematician David Sookne vividly recalls the dangerous weeks he spent registering black voters in Alabama in the summer of 1965.
Halloween this year falls on Shabbat. Should we open the door to trick-or-treaters? Or should we be spooked about joining the celebration?
The Fourth of July this year falls on a Friday. So can we Americans manage to observe both Independence Day and Shabbat?
With ‘Selma’ playing in theaters, some have asked if Jews really played as key a role in the civil rights movement. One veteran of the struggle remembers when — and offers some answers.
Many of us grew up in homes where there was little or no Jewish art. It seemed kitschy, or people were simply not ready to go wall-to-wall Chagall. Today, however, we are looking with fresh eyes at Jewish art and, when the price is right, schlepping some of it home.
A book about talking should seem as natural as moving your jaw, especially for a Jewish audience: people who love to comment, question and, yes, complain. Daniel Menaker’s new book, “A Good Talk — The story and Skill of Conversation” (Twelve, 2010, $20), a nicely framed approach to the art of conversation utilizing digression, humor, even impudence, is a useful kibitz on this almost proprietary Jewish subject.
Jews are the People of the Book, but it has to be the right book: inspiring, life defining, readable on a plane. Sometimes it’s not even the book everybody else is reading.