A Family View: This image, titled ?Self-Portrait with Mother, Father and Three Brothers,? is included the book, ?They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland.? Click to view larger.

Mayer Kirshenblatt, 93, Merchant Who Became an Artist of Memory

Knowing Mayer Kirshenblatt, who died November 20 at age 93, was a rare privilege. Through him and his family, I learned about his hometown and a way of life — each remarkable in its own right, as was Kirshenblatt himself.

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Top Moments in Madoff Pop Culture

Bernard Madoff caused a lot of heartache with his titanic Ponzi scheme. It seems only natural that a scandal of this magnitude would creep into the larger culture. After considerable mental strain, the Forward has dug up some notable examples. Determining their taste, or lack thereof, is up to you.

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Where Did Alex Trebek Float? The game show turned its attention to Israel during a recent taping.

‘Jeopardy’ Does Jews’ Clues In the Holy Land

I’ll take Israel for $2,000, Alex. That’s what contestants on “Jeopardy!” were saying November 23, when the famous quiz show included a Double Jeopardy category titled “A Journey Through Israel.”

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Illegal Prayer: Nofrat Frenkel (right), the author, reading from the Torah.

The ‘Crime’ of Praying with a Tallit, and a Plea for Tolerance

Fifth-year medical student Nofrat Frenkel was recently arrested for wearing a talit at the Kotel. Authorities said she was “performing a religious act that offends the feelings of others.” In this essay, Frenkel writes about her arrest.

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My New Earlocks: Moshe Holzberg, a son of the two Chabad emissaries murdered in last November?s Mumbai terror attacks has his 3-year-old locks cut at a traditional upsherin ceremony which brought out thousands in Kfar Chabad, Israel.

A Celebration for the Mumbai Attack's Littlest Survivor

Last November, people around the world shed tears over one of the most tragic images of the Mumbai attacks — a newly orphaned little boy crying at the loss of his parents.

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