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  • Celebrating life with a tahara dance

    A dance to interpret tahara, the seldom-discussed ritual preparation for burial of a Jewish body, is introduced at a Los Angele conference.

  • For Crypto-Jews of New Mexico, art is a window into secret life

    The upcoming gathering in Albuquerque of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies is part of a continuing effort to reveal the stories of those who may have had a hidden Jewish past.

  • Now playing at a museum mah jongg table: Jewish pop culture

    The “Project Mah Jongg” exhibit, which originated in New York, is making its way to Jewish museums across America, bringing back memories of bams and craks for generations of Jewish women and hopefully enticing new players.

  • Tribal understandings: Jewish and Navajo spiritual leaders speak of sacred lands

    A Navajo medicine man joins a rabbi for a series of cross-cultural discussions.

  • Putting the Ten Commandments on display

    Just because there’s a debate about the public appropriateness on displaying the Ten Commandments doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with them at shul — or even in your front yard.

  • Dressing like my Jewish mother

    Using his late mother’s Torah Fund pins as an example, columnist Edmon J. Rodman offers his take on what to do when one inherits something that represents another’s commitment.

  • With a side of wry, a ‘schmucky’ deli truck rolls into L.A.

    New Yorker Matthew Koven migrates west to open his rolling restaurant “Schmuck with a Truck.”

  • Questionable behavior for after the seder

    Why is the day after the seder different from all other days? Columnist Edmon J. Rodman figures it’s because of all the newly minted questions that drop into our brains like zuzim.

  • Looking into Anne Frank’s unblinking eyes

    Anne Frank’s likeness is now on display at Madame Tussauds in Berlin. Are we ready for a young Jewish martyr and personification of the Holocaust to be melted into the waxy mix?

  • Snagging bargains for shalach manot

    What with the cost of fancy, professionally made kosher shalach manot baskets going for 50 bucks and up, columnist Edmon J. Rodman finds a less expensive way to share the joy with more people: the 99 Cents Only Store.