Tuesday, September 29, 2020



The Lockdown Has Gone From a Mistake to a Crime

The lockdown is a crime. Even more upsetting is that it is supported by so many Americans.

How I Spent My Summer ‘Vacation’

I placed the plastic watering can in the kitchen sink and turned on the faucet, when I heard the screams of our 4- and...

Birthday in Quarantine

Five months ago, I never would have imagined celebrating a birthday during a pandemic. Five months ago, I never would have imagined planning for...

‘Modern Kosher’ Offers a Taste of Jewish Cuisine’s Evolution

The book is so inventive and inviting that it has a shelf life that will extend far beyond our present circumstances.

From Conversion to Aliyah, Being Part of the Jewish People

I felt that conversion was meant to be. It motivated me... I was determined to be a part of Am Yisrael (the Jewish people).

JWed Helps Couples Find and Schedule Dates During Quarantine

The app enables members to arrange dates in advance without having to exchange any personal contact information. 

Everybody Counts – a poem for Torah Portion Bamidbar

This was the children… the firstborn of Israel, …all who were fit to go out to the army. It’s a census year and I’ve already...

Make Your Quarantine More Marvelous with the Help of ‘Mrs. Maisel’

If you’re tired of baking sourdough bread and have finished streaming the latest offerings during quarantine, why not live vicariously through the characters of...

Interfaith Communal Living Project Finds New Ways to Co-Exist Under Quarantine

Multifaith relationships literally saved Mohammed Al Samawi, helping him escape from Yemen’s civil war to safety in the United States in 2015. The interfaith...

Why Jewish Preschool Being Closed Hurts Twice

Moments before I strapped two cranky toddlers into their car seats at 4:30 p.m. on a Monday afternoon and drove towards our nursery school...

Feeling Our Way with Cantor Emma Lutz

Shabbat Shalom. As we have all been #SafeAtHome during COVID-19, the clergy of Stephen Wise Temple have been sharing a daily dose...

As Seniors Isolate, Documentary Series Shares Their Wit and Wisdom

Seniors have been hard-hit by the coronavirus, and those who remain healthy are nonetheless suffering socially and emotionally while sheltering in place. Now, two...

Reboot Launches Quarantine Podcasts With a Jewish Slant

Jewish arts and culture nonprofit Reboot has launched several new digital programs, including a pair of thought-provoking podcasts focusing on Jewish life during COVID-19. Emmy...

Seven Day Quarantines Were So Quaint – a poem for Torah Portion Tazria-Metzora

the kohen shall quarantine him for seven days. I’ve been at home for five weeks mostly sitting in this same office chair. My exercise consists of long...

Thoughts from the Bakery: Shelter-in-Place Perspectives from a Small Business Owner

Hi. My name is Dan. And I'm the owner of Bibi’s Bakery and Cafe and The Kosher Cookie Company. I shared a few posts...

The Timetable for Ending the Quarantine

A Harvard white paper from the Safra Center for Ethics reminds us that the Italian word quarantine refers to 40 days. The social distancing stay-at-home orders, the...

Adam Sandler Salutes Doctors and Nurses in ‘Quarantine Song’

“Doctors and nurses will save us from this mess if we get them the supplies that they need. And I hope they save us soon ‘cause I’m really, really sick of my family.”

4 Israelis Arrested in Riots Over Police Fining Man Suspected of Violating Quarantine

Four Israelis were arrested in April 1 riots in Jaffa over police fining a man suspected of violating the state-enforced quarantine. According to The Times...

I’m Not Cut Out for Family Quarantine

“How did you do it?” I asked my mother a few days after our kids’ schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Do what?” she responded. “How...

Quarantine Crafts: Stamping With Toilet Paper Tubes

Now that we’re all self-isolating in our homes with cases of toilet paper, two questions come to mind: One, how are we going to...

Coronavirus Storytime: Josh Gad Reads Children’s Books on Twitter

Josh Gad, whose voice is known to millions of kids as the voice of Olaf the snowman in “Frozen,” has given parents a break...

A Virus is Uniting Us, Whether We Like it or Not

I read in The New York Times this week that Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that two thirds of the German population could end up...

Coronavirus Test: Trusting the Politician You Distrust

A lot remains unknown about the coronavirus, but like all diseases, it has no political preference. It doesn’t afflict President Donald Trump’s supporters or...

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Congress Members Join Global Task Force to Combat Online Anti-Semitism

Members of the national legislatures of Australia, Canada, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States are part of the panel.

Israel Has More per Capita Deaths From the Coronavirus Each Day Than the U.S.

Israel’s daily rate over the last week has been an average of 3.5 deaths per million people. The U.S. rate was 2.2 deaths per million.

VIDEO: Skirball Cultural Center Hosts One Day Only Outdoor RBG Memorial

On Friday, Sept. 25 the Skirball Cultural Center held a socially distant RBG memorial display on its front steps, to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Joe Biden Likens Donald Trump’s Rhetoric to That of Nazi Propagandist Joseph Goebbels

"He’s sort of like Goebbels. You say the lie long enough, keep repeating it, repeating it, repeating it, it becomes common knowledge.”