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15 Remarkable Stories to Celebrate Jewish Book Month

Off The Shelf | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Erin Flaaen | Off the Shelf In 1925 Fanny Goldstein, a librarian in Boston, set up an exhibit of Judaic books and began what she called Jewish Boo...

The Story Of That Marvelous Hero

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 11.16.2015 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

A few days ago, Judith Aller, a prominent concert violinist and conductor in Europe and America, wrote me a note saying that her now dead husband's film about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was going to be premiered--and asked me if I wanted to go.

Exodus 2015: The World Wakens to a Wall

Jon Van Til | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Jon Van Til

What is happening geo-politically in our world that stirs this human disaster that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán seeks to withstand on his Serbian border?

The View From Kepler-452b

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

High in the night sky over Washington, the bright stars Deneb and Vega mark a star field at the center of a probe unrelated to Benghazi or Hillary's emails or whether Iran will get the bomb. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered Kepler-452b.

Why Success Is Always 'Iffy'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Either way, I'm going to do my best to smell the roses along the way, too -- and call it success every time. Those fragrant breezes will come and go and never be safely thus. They are diffident, and iffy, and fleeting- just like success itself. But that's as good as it gets. Maybe knowing that, and really accepting it, is the safest success of all

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

Two Concepts of Public Art

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.15.2015 | Good News
Harry Boyte

Public art often protests injustice and oppression, seeking to raise public awareness. Pablo Picasso's famous painting Guernica, finished in 1937, is an example.

Daily Meditation: Exodus

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Expelled From the Promised Land: Exploring Exodus and Zionism

Naomi Dann | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Naomi Dann

Telling the Exodus story without acknowledging the violence against the Caananites is similar to repeating the Zionist myth that Israel was a "land without a people for a people without land."

Thrash Metal Legends Testament Set to Play Harpo's, Frontman Chuck Billy Talks of Band's Longevity

Kelly Frazier | Posted 06.08.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

After releasing their debut album The Legacy in 1987 on Atlantic Records, Testament quickly shot to the upper echelon of metal royalty, and after all these years, through all the ups and downs, Testament is still alive and kicking ass.

A Promised or Chosen Land?

Francis Levy | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

The Exodus story is potent not only because it's a narrative of freedom from oppression, but because in microcosm it's about how human beings deal with freedom and negotiate the difficult life passages that occur once they receive the gift of choice.

Passover, the Hunger Games and Our Nation

Bruce Judson | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Bruce Judson

As the first night of Passover approaches, I have been thinking about how to bring meaning to the Holiday. The Passover Seder recounts the story of the Jewish people's Exodus from Egypt. Importantly, it is also an annual ritual for reaffirming core values and transmitting these values from one generation to the next.

Freedom Is Not the Point of Passover

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

On the traditional interpretation, the moral of the Exodus story is that slavery is evil. This moral conveniently allows us to do nothing but gratefully savor life in a free country. However, if the Exodus story is about hard, harsh labor and Egyptians who deserve to be stripped, then we have work to do.

What My Five Year Old Taught Me About Jesus on Passover

Lea Grover | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Lea Grover

Probably 25 days of the month, I'm pretty much an atheist. I love my heritage and my traditions, but God? I'm not so sure about that most of the time. Not on Passover, though. On Passover, I can't help myself.

Breaking: Israelites in Sinai Suddenly Achieve Freedom From Pharaoh -- Good Times Forecast

Edwin Black | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Edwin Black

Approximately two million Children of Israel are now encamped in the Sinai following their extraordinary exodus from Egypt yesterday. Just days ago, they were slaves to Pharaoh. Today, they are free men and women, destined for self-determination in a land of their own.

Your Seder. Your History.

Rabbi Michael Rothbaum | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Rothbaum

Passover is a story of the victory of the powerless over the powerful, the slave over the master. Given the context, it's natural that seder table talk often turns political. But arguments that turn hostile aren't liberating. They are stifling.

It All Comes Back to Shabbat

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Just as the Jewish people could not have existed without the Exodus from Egypt, the Jewish people cannot exist without a relationship with Shabbat.

Obama Is a Modern Day Moses, Leading with the Paradoxical Commandments

BJ Gallagher | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

Being a change leader is a tall order. People love the soaring rhetoric with which he outlines his vision of a better life. We trust that he has the right stuff to do the job. We want to believe that he'll deliver on his promises. And above all, we want him to be all things to all people.

20 Strange and Surprising Reasons to Visit These Northeast Towns

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 03.24.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

As a travel writer open and game to exploring the offbeat and oddball within a few hours or one day's drive of New York City (Virginia to Maine), I've stumbled on some pretty bizarre, eccentric and/or downright weird things. Here's just a sampling from this year's explorations.

Rethinking the Exodus

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 03.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Filmmaker Tim Mahoney has spent the last twelve years exploring the state of our collective understanding of the evidence (or lack thereof) of the Biblical Exodus. He has traveled the globe and spoken to the world's leading experts on the topic.

Exodus the Movie, God, and the Power of Stories

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Let me say right off the top that this post isn't so much about the movie Exodus as it is about God... and story. Still, I should probably warn, "spoiler alert."

Marching on a Hard Heart: Selma Is the Exodus That Ridley Scott Failed to Deliver

Ingrid Lilly | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Ingrid Lilly

Selma delivers the Exodus that history keeps writing. Black Lives Matter in the 1960s and today. And like an arrow into Pharaoh's heart, the film asks with MLK in that Selma speech, when will "the conscience of America begin to bleed" again?

Why Thrash Metal Now?

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Retro-cycles are now a normal part of pop culture and have been for sometime. It is well documented that it's traced to the emergence of 1950's youth culture and their post WWII expendable income. You wait 20 years and there it is again. Lately Tupac and Kurt Cobian are commonplace, but you see that already.

Ridley Scott's Exodus: Splitting the Sea for a Whole New Generation

Howard Barbanel | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
Howard Barbanel

Ridley Scott is no Cecil B. DeMille. That's not necessarily a bad thing. What it means is that Scott's new epic Exodus: Gods and Kings is as much a product of our high-tech new-millennium era as The Ten Commandments was of the Eisenhower gray-flannel suit period.

Egypt Bans 'Exodus'

Reuters | Posted 12.27.2014 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Egypt has banned Hollywood's big screen biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings," a 20th Century Fox spokesman said on F...