Most American Jews have a grandmother, aunt or family friend who plays mah-jongg. In fact, the game was so popular among Jewish women in the 20th century that Eddie Cantor wrote a song called “Since Ma Is Playing Mah Jong,” and Woody Allen, in his film “Annie Hall,” had the character in the role of his mother play it on piano.
If doling out advice — from parenting to relationships to spirituality — to American Jews and gentiles weren’t enough, celebrity rabbi Shmuley Boteach has gone for the big score: the bishop of Rome, the head of the Catholic Church, the pope.
Jane R. Eisner, editor of the Forward, has been selected for a 2009 Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism for a series of three editorials she wrote about gender and family issues.
The home of Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of the left-wing Jewish magazine Tikkun, was vandalized sometime during the night of Sunday, May 2.
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