February 23, 2007

Silver screen love life

The hardest challenge for me is staying open to possibilities and not shutting off my desires, even though they haven\’t yet come to fruition.

Millions of Shoah records will finally be revealed

Even though millions did not survive, much of their story did. The details are embedded within the miles of records housed by the International Tracing Service (ITS) located at Bad Arolsen, Germany.

New congregations net results online

For dozens of new congregations and minyans, or prayer communities, like Ikar, the Internet is not just a faster, more convenient communication tool. It\’s a central organizing mechanism and community-building tool, filling the roles performed in more traditional synagogues by administrative staff, newsletters, membership committees, religious school, even rabbis.

Orthodox feminists make little progress on agunot

The rhetoric on agunot contrasted sharply from that on other topics at the conference, where a sense of confidence bordering on the triumphant prevailed, owing to the substantial progress made in the decade since JOFA\’s founding.

Mobilize now against Iran and save the world

We must recognize the fact that though sympathy for Iran\’s expressed goal of Israel\’s destruction is hardly mainstream, the idea of a world without Israel is more acceptable in polite company, the media and academia today than Hitler\’s expressed goal of a Europe without Jews was in 1939.

Death in the Hood

The service was heartfelt, but it was also unsettling. There was a kind of emotional chaos in the air — almost a reluctance to accept that a beautiful life could be taken away from someone so God-fearing and life-giving.

But what about Azerbaijan?

Iraq is a mess, a cauldron of intra-Islamic conflict. Afghanistan is heading down the same tragic path, as the Taliban assert greater fundamentalist control. All those Muslims are nuts, right?\n\nThen there\’s Azerbaijan.

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