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Wizards of Wit: How Jews Revolutionized Comedy in America.
Part III: 1990- 2002-From the Margins to the Mainstream
by Arie Kaplan
In the '70s and '80s, Jewish performers--and Jewish characters--were largely relegated to supporting roles; by the '90s, they had emerged as leads. The public's acceptance of this phenomenon affirmed that "Jewishness" had finally become an integral part of America's pop-culture landscape...Full text

gossip Oops! I Shouldn't Say This....or Should I?
by Margaret Moers Wenig
To the rabbis, gossip is a serious crime; to anthropologists, it plays a crucial role in negotiating human relationships. For the rest of us, it presents a dilemma: how to talk about people without hurting them and the communities we share...Full text

matzah ball soup MY OPINION...
Ethnicity Is Not Judaism

by David Essex
The biggest threat to Jewish survival is not intermarriage, but the message born Jews send to potential converts like myself. Bringing non-Jews into Judaism is essential for the Jewish future--and yet many non-Jews will never feel connected to the Jewish people as long as so many born Jews cling to "ethnic baggage" in defining their Jewish identity...Full text

Does Judaism Condone Capital Punishment?

by Rabbi Dan Polish
Supporters of the death penalty often cite the Bible to bolster their position. "Ye shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer...he shall surely be put to death" (Numbers 35:31). Indeed, the Torah specifies a full litany of offenses for which a person may be put to death, including murder, idolatry, blasphemy, adultery, violating the Sabbath, wizardry, and rebelling against one's parents...Full text

Significant Jewish Books
by Bonny V. Fetterman

Yiddish: A Nation of Words
by Miriam Weinstein
Yiddish is not just a folk variant of German, says Miriam Weinstein in her spirited history of the language....

The Genesis of Justice
by Alan M. Dershowitz
Alan Dershowitz, the author of Chutzpah, has never shied from controversial cases and issues...Full Text


2001-2002 Year in Review

by Emily Grotta and Brian Levinson

In a world torn by violence and pain, a world far from wholeness, a world waiting still to be redeemed, give us, O Source of good, the courage to say: There is one God in heaven and earth.
-Gates of Prayer for Shabbat

Never before in our lives have the words of the G'ulah prayer been so poignant or rung so true. The events of September 11 changed our world and destroyed our innocence...Full text

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