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  • YU Ethics & Kashrut Live Stream Tonight

    Tonight at 7PM, Yeshiva University will be hosting a panel entitled "Kosher Question: Are Ethics and Kashrut Inextricably Linked or Unconnected?" According the Yeshiva University News: Rabbis from major Orthodox organizations will address the role that ethics plays in Jewish dietary laws at “The Kosher Quandary: Ethics and Kashrut” at Yeshiva University on Dec. 9….

  • Covenant Foundation 18th Anniversary Celebration Live!

    Tomorrow, the Convent Foundation, one of this country’s preeminent supporters of Jewish education initiatives, will celebrate their 18th anniversary with a conference at the UJA-Federation of New York. The event’s overarching themes are described as “Dissolving Boundaries” and “Seizing the Future: Promoting Jewish Learning, Community Building and Civic Engagement.” I will be joining a panel…

  • Let there be G-dcast

    From the mind of Jewish t-shirt maven Sarah Lefton comes G-dcast, a new animated series of Torah commentaries as told by a different Jewish celebrity each week. Check out the first episode below, which features Rabbi Lawrence Kushner. New episodes will be posted each Monday at g-dcast.com.

  • Shabot’s Yom Kippur Confession

  • Benyamin Cohen debuts with #1 Jewish bestseller

    Former American Jewish Life editor Benyamin Cohen’s book, “My Jesus Year,” debuted today at #1 on Amazon.com’s Jewish bestseller list. The book catalogs the year Cohen, the son of an Orthodox rabbi, spent visiting Southern churches while trying to figure out why he found synagogue so unfulfilling. Publisher’s Weekly has called it “a delicious olio…

  • Rap artist reps for French-Israelis

    Meet Shmoolik, A.K.A. Shmouel Halimi, the French-Israeli Chasidic hip-hop artist and graphic designer. As a rhyme spouting ba’al teshuva Chabadnik, the comparisons to Matisyahu are inevitable, but Shmoolik is very much in a class of his own. Now that you’ve met the man, hear the music. Here’s the video for his track, “Les Enfants d’IsraĆ«l.”…

  • JTA Exclusive: Diwon’s The Beat Guide to Yiddish

    Courtesy of Diwon, the artist formerly known as DJ Handler and otherwise known as the executive director of Modular Moods and Shemspeed.com, comes this fresh mix of pop, hip-hop, electronica and… Yiddish? The Beat Guide to Yiddish Click the play button above to listen, or right-click here and click ‘Save link as…’ to download, exclusively…

  • Strictly Commercial

    Two funny-Jewy books, two funny-Jewy promotional videos. The first, featuring Daily Show reporter John Oliver, comes from Hazonik and Daily Show staff writer Rob Kutner, and is for his new book “Apocalypse How,” which Jon Stewart, in an obviously objective and impartial manner, called, “A great read.” Second is the advert for former American Jewish…

  • The News Shticker: Lindsay Lohan converting?

    Actress Lindsay Lohan with girlfriend Samantha Ronson Pop-tart Lindsay Lohan is apparently contemplating conversion to Judaism in order to be closer to her girlfriend, DJ Samantha Ronson. According to the BANG Showbiz news service, “Sam’s family is Jewish. Lindsay has learned a lot about Judaism from Sam and admires its beliefs.” However, friends of the…

  • Star spangled tangle

    We just received a call here at JTA’s marketing department about an ad for the Jewish Chaplains Council, depicted at right, which runs in our Daily Briefing email newsletter. The caller, who identified herself only as a “well-connected Republican,” took umbrage with the display of the American flag upon the soldier’s uniform, which she claimed…