Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

How a shadowy figure became a medium for dealing with fear
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I've always thought of the golem -- the hulking, servant-like creature that's forever saving the Jews in the course of various myths, short stories and plays -- as the Jewish version of Frankenstein, even though those who know better tell me I'm mistaken. But it seems obvious to me. A bit of clay is brought to life and obeys its...
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Get ready for cool nights -- and hot meals -- during the harvest holiday
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Sukkot is a joyous holiday. It is regarded as the happiest of biblical festivals, celebrating the gathering of a bountiful harvest. The holiday begins two weeks after the first day of Rosh Hashanah and lasts for seven days. Right on the heels of Yom Kippur, Jews all over the world will put up a sukkah, symbolizing the fragile booths used...
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Some serious issues are fielded for those switching on 'Friday Night Lights'
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Are ya ready for some Shabbat football? Well, it is called "Friday Night Lights." But if the lights of this ever-so-shining NBC series aren't candlesticks, it still sticks out as one of the season's best. Not that tales of pigskin would ever complete a forward pass for acceptance in halachah. But there are elements of the Tuesday-night series of a...
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It doesn't take an Einstein to come up with a hit like "Build Me Up, Buttercup." Or does it? It took this Einstein: Tony Macaulay, the evergreen song's ever-popular composer, wasn't always a Macaulay. "No, actually, I took that name out of the phone book. I was born an Einstein, and my family name, Instone, was an Anglicization of Einstein."...
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Take a column, here and there, and relish the insight
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Neil Gillman is one of the great scholars and teachers of our time, a central presence at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, who has written one undeniable classic, Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew , along with several minor ones, among them The Death of Death and The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism. Traces of...
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