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.
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.
For Hanukkah, what do you give the woman who has everything? According to CBS, a pap “shmear.”
Ghostly sightings of Bernard Madoff’s plastic punim will be popping up everywhere this Halloween, as costume shops report that Madoff masks are flying off the shelves.
A little short of green this Sukkot? Do rising sukkah construction costs have you down? Maybe you don’t have the space for a sukkah. Or due to a total lack of engineering skills, your shaky chateau is just not happening.