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February 2018

Wearing Masks

IT IS COMMON knowledge that actors with Jewish sounding surnames were encouraged to change their names to more “non- Jewish” names. Recently, a U-tube...

Keeping Kosher-Heritage Pointe Makes Food a Cultural Focus

WITH LIMITED KOSHER restaurants in Orange County, keeping kosher has always been a home-based tradition. Families keeping kosher become accustomed to the unique requirement...

Female Media Influencers Find New Side to Israel

FOLLOWING A WEEK of experiencing Israel and meeting with fellow media and public personalities, a group of 30 “Media Magnets” is returning to their...

Let’s Talk About the “T” in LGBT Identity.

TRANS RABBIS AND other trans-identified Jewish scholars, as well as allies, are filling in the blanks of the Torah narrative. Breathing a new experience...

war•ri•or’ wôrēar/noun

(especially in former times) a brave or experienced soldier or fighter. THIS IS THE first thing you read on Natalie Weisel’s Facebook page and...

Yiddish Glory

LONG BEFORE Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” told the graphic story of revenge against the Nazis, it was the subject of Yiddish songs detailing the...

A Pinhole of Perspective

MY LAPTOP CLOSES around midnight once my eyelids feel heavier than the stress of graduate school. No sooner than I kiss my wife goodnight...

Community Scholar

H. (YOSSI) CHAJES (Ph.D., Yale University, 1999), the Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program’s 17th Annual One Month Scholar, is Associate Professor in the...

Milky on My Mind

THE MILKY NAME is one of the most highly recognized brand names in Israel. Over 6,000,000 Milky products are sold each month (representing almost...

Say “Ah”

A RELATIVELY TERRIFYING medical test occurred at an ungodly hour because the hospital owns one MRI scanner. In the middle of a freezing winter...

Offering a Hand in the #MeToo Movement

I USED TO fume when ultra-Orthodox men would refuse to shake my hand. The idea that men and women shouldn’t touch, that we are...

No Need to Get So Touchy

FIRST, A WORD about Harvey Weinstein, Leon Wieseltier, and their ilk.   They are pigs, and I have written about them and their indiscretions amply...

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