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One more stupid comment, one more stupid question and I’m slapping someone!

THAT’S IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This Shabbos: I was minding my own business at the synagogue meal introducing myself to a new friendly face I had never seen before when a lady who has seen me at shul quite often before came over and interrupted our conversation to ask…if I’d been born Jewish. I was seething. I spat… Continue reading One more stupid comment, one more stupid question and I’m slapping someone!

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Werewolves, Vampires, Teenagers…oh my!

I miss Friday night movie openings. I really do. Right now, I want to be gearing up to watch “New Moon” but alas, I have to wait until Saturday evening (at least Shabbat ends early this time of year) to beg my husband to go with me. (Yeah, I also miss when I went to… Continue reading Werewolves, Vampires, Teenagers…oh my!

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Challah Con Platanos

Here’s a very short play I wrote for a “Multicultural Jewish” writing contest. I didn’t win. The ending’s kind of abrupt. It was in my earlier days when I wasn’t writing so much. I was trying to give the readers a good indication of what my Shabbat meals were like. The curtains open to a… Continue reading Challah Con Platanos

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MaNishtana Goes You Tube

Do you deserved to get JOC-slapped? You know who you are. Blogger MaNistana has decided to start using MaNistanaTV on You Tube to make an interesting batch of humorous/informative videos. To learn more about MaNishtana, watch the video below. He’s also joined Jewcy.com, writing two recent posts for them. And you can also follow him… Continue reading MaNishtana Goes You Tube

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Spend a Shabbat in Uganda

Photo by Judy Gigliotti/Be’chol Lashon “Sukkat Shalom: From Uganda to U.S. and Back” in The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles follows Rabbi Gershom Sizomu returns to lead the followers of Judaism in Uganda after being ordained in Los Angeles. (Of notable mention this time of year, Sizomu’s grandfather was arrested for building a sukkah… Continue reading Spend a Shabbat in Uganda

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I want to carry this cartoon in my pocket and whip it out at awkward moments.

So, now on top of all the Jewish reading I’m doing (or not doing), I’m reading Moment Magazine. Yeah, yeah, I should be reading Torah but check out this interview with cartoonist Robert Mankoff telling us all why Jewish humor is unique.

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Conversion in the News Roundup: Because the "Who is a Jew?" question is now an extreme sport!

A delicious sampling of the latest news in Jewish conversion! “Shas MK: Ease Conversion for IDF Soldiers of Jewish Descent” (Israeli National News) At some point during the conversion process, I heard that things went a lot smoother if you had a Jewish father or some kind of Jewish ancestry. Too bad I couldn’t unearth… Continue reading Conversion in the News Roundup: Because the "Who is a Jew?" question is now an extreme sport!