The Case for Alan Gross

16:30 05 December in Culture, topics
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by Maddie Ulanow Alan Gross is a 60-year-old resident of Potomac, Maryland, a quiet Washington suburb with a thriving Jewish community. A father of two and local synagogue member, Gross is also a specialist in helping obtain satellite signals in remote locations. His background in rural...

What We’re Reading

11:34 05 December in Culture, Latest

A sad, riveting look at the murder of 8-year-old Brooklyn boy Leiby Kletzky and the troubled Jewish man accused of the crime. Jack Abramoff: "How do you possibly undo the reputation that I have? I could be Mother Teresa and I couldn't undo it." Nik Cohn, pioneer...

What We’re Reading (and Watching)

13:16 02 December in Culture, Latest

ThisNew York Times story on an Atlanta-area Chabad rabbi reviving the practice of gemach, a traditional Jewish program that offers no-interest loans to struggling Jews. The economic downturn, Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz says, has forced some Jews to seek financial assistance. Jeffrey Toobin's 2009 profile of retiring...

Boker Tov!

11:10 02 December in Culture

It's Friday! Let's celebrate the arrival of the weekend with this video of New York Knick Amar'e Stoudemire teaching us about the word "tov" on Shalom Sesame. Also, just for fun, with this late-but-still-amazing picture of Stoudemire in his Halloween costume. Yes, he is King...

O Come, All Ye Chosen

15:38 18 November in Culture

Mid-November means that it's officially pumpkin spice latte and peppermint mocha season at Starbucks. (What, you don't measure time by the seasonal offerings of national coffee chains? You don't know what you're missing.) That also means that it's time for the Starbucks holiday cups, those...

Rav Kook Meets Jazz

12:52 09 November in Culture

by Matt Ponak It was a cold wintry day during Hannukah of 2007 when I first met Rabbi Itzchak Marmorstein. While I was visiting a professor in the Canadian Rocky Mountains with a few other people, Itzchak  was passing through the area. He led us in...