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‘Supergirl’ Lifts — and Squats — the Bar High

“This is my favorite trophy,” said a young Naomi Kutin in her preteen bedroom. “It’s very big. I can barely lift it.” The irony is...

Take Charge When Opportunities Present Themselves to You

By Rabbi Jon Cutler PARSHAT MIKETZ This week’s Torah portion is Miketz. Oddly enough, this parshah is always read on Shabbat Chanukah. So, there are a...

Gershman Y Latkepalooza Celebrating 15 Years With Lots and Lots of Latkes

Nancy L. Hohns remembers the distinct smell of grease wafting in the air of the Gershman Y in 2002. It was the first Latkepalooza, a...

Staff Recalls Chanukahs From Years Gone By

In terms of religious importance, Chanukah may not be all that big of a deal, but for anyone who was once a kid —...

Sour Cream Wins As More Popular Latke Topping

The chicken or the egg? Half full or half empty? Sour cream or applesauce? Like all great questions, this last one teems with levels of...

The Art of the Possible

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin PARSHAT VAYESHEV Why are Jews, yehudim, referred to as such? Historically speaking, the vast majority of the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and...

Jewish Saxophonist Spreads Holiday Cheer with Christmas Tour

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — well, at least the beginning of Dave Koz’s annual Christmas tour. This year marks the 20th...

Walls Have Both Saved, Hurt Jews Throughout History

BY RABBI GREGORY S. MARX PARSHAT VAYISHLACH Every time I take a congregational mission to Israel, I take members of the community to the usual tourist...

Online Judaica Websites Let Your Fingers Do the Shopping

The days of Macy’s and defunct department stores like Gimbels dominating retail are long gone. Online Jewish gift shops are filling the cyber market these...

Top 10 Things to Do in Philadelphia This Winter

Wintertime in the city is the most magical. This was probably not the intention of Philly’s founders, but the picturesque old streets blanketed in...