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Recovering Messiah: Marc Maron

20:25 08 May in Culture
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[slideshow_deploy id='24739'] If ever there was a tale of comic resurrection, it belongs to Marc Maron. The 48-year-old comedian’s climb back from drugs, drinking and despair—with a lot of help from iTunes—is a modern-day redemption story. The progeny of a Jewish doctor and homemaker mother, Maron began his...

A Vietnamese Yom Kippur

17:06 02 May in Culture
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by Kelley Kidd A Yom Kippur spent fasting on the beautiful island paradise of Phu Quoc, in Vietnam, is not my typical Day of Atonement. But somehow that's where I found myself, fasting after a seaside dinner in a bungalow. I stayed up late that night...

Escape from Freedom?

15:56 04 April in History, Misc, Politics, topics
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By Martin Berman-Gorvine As Passover approaches, I have been reading the psychologist Erich Fromm’s 1941 work, Escape from Freedom. Writing when Nazi Germany was at its height, Fromm sought the reasons why so many people felt their freedom to be “an intolerable burden” that they wished...

A Match Made in the O.R.

16:24 03 April in Culture
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by Sala Levin The dating ritual is replete with anxieties: What dress to wear? How long should I wait to call after the date? Is my nose so big that I'll be single forever? Well, Orthodox denizens of greater Miami, Michael Salzhauer is here to help...

Ask The Rabbis | Will It Matter to Jews If There Is a Mormon President?

21:20 31 March in 2012 May/June, Ask the Rabbis, Issues, Religion, Series, U.S. Politics
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INDEPENDENT Historically, the religious affiliation of a governmental leader has never been an issue for the Jewish people, as long as the government involved was not itself oppressive. Although Jews were thoroughly and severely oppressed over more than 1,600 years by leaders with Catholic or Protestant...