About Bintel Blog

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The Bintel Blog is the Forward?s signature Web log on religion, culture, current affairs and Jewish life. The blog?s name is inspired by the Bintel Brief, the Forward?s legendary advice column. Launched in 1906 by Forward editor Abraham Cahan, the Bintel Brief ? literally a ?Bundle of Letters? ? helped waves of Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants find their footing in 20th-century American life.

But the Bintel Brief was more than just an advice column. It was a two-way conduit that fostered interaction between Forward readers and staff, one of the many editorial features that helped make the Jewish Daily Forward more than just a newspaper ? that built a real community of readers .

Similarly, the Bintel Blog, this 21st-century bundle of blog posts, will be a cyberspace conduit fostering a dynamic engagement between the Forward and its readers. In coming weeks, we will activate the Bintel Blog?s commenting feature, inviting our readers to join the conversation.

The Bintel Blog houses new versions of two classic Forward features ? both reader-generated:

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