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  • On Tisha b’Av, feeling the loss from the flames

    The flames from the destruction of the First and Second Temples that Jews remember on Tisha b’Av seem so distant until the tragedy in Arizona burns a connecting path, writes columnist Edmon J. Rodman.

  • Faster than a speeding bagel: Super Jewish dad

    As the new “Superman: Man of Steel” movie flies to an opening on Father’s Day weekend, cheer earthbound Jewish men for their pretty spectacular powers, writes columnist Edmon J. Rodman — a father of three sons.

  • Torah navigation leads to new journeys

    At Shavuot, columnist Edmon J. Rodman offers some tips for Torah newbies to find their way in the scroll.

  • Brewing up a new connection to Lag b’Omer

    Since we have been counting the Omer — a biblical measure of barley that was brought as an offering to the Temple — each evening from the second night of Passover, what better way to mark the coming holiday than by downing a barley beverage, cold and carbonated?

  • Adding a new dimension to Holocaust testimony

    Columnist Edmon Rodman comes face to face with a Holocaust survivor’s 3-D image, part of a new interactive project of the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation.

  • From L.A., following the Egyptian signs to the Red Sea

    Wondering if seeing Passover with an Egyptian eye will help recover some collective cultural memory, JTA columnist Edmon J. Rodman hits the historic Egyptian Theater in the heart of the Hollywood Boulevard tourist district.

  • In Hollywood, looking to Persian Jews for Purim costume inspiration

    Purim coincides with the Academy Award ceremony this year. But columnist Edmon Rodman discovers there’s no need to go Hollywood to find an award-winning costume.

  • Tolkien b’Shvat: Looking to the Middle-earth folk to save our planet

    Columnist Edmon J. Rodman unearths the connections between the Jewish holiday dedicated to trees and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

  • Linking to Lincoln on Chanukah

    Columnist Edmon J. Rodman suggests a tip of the stovepipe hat to Lincoln for ordering General Grant to cancel the expulsion of Jews from some Dixie areas on the first day of the holiday in 1862.

  • For a Thanksgiving seder, it’s all about the ‘hodu’

    Turning to Mayflower passenger William Bradford for inspiration, columnist Edmon J. Rodman offers an orderly Jewish way to say “hodu,” or thanks, on the quintessentially American holiday.