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  • Escaping the box: 18 minutes to Passover freedom

    JTA columnist Edmon J. Rodman decides this year that he will personalize his Exodus story by baking his own matzah. How hard could it be? he figured. Check out his unleavened adventure.

  • Retelling Purim: Q & A with Mordechai, Esther, Vashtie and Hayman

    Interviews with some prominent folks whose names either come from the Megillah or sound like they are straight from the scroll.

  • How to throw a Jewish Oscar party

    How do you make an Oscar party Jewish? Should there be a set ritual, like the seder? Or, like Purim, an evening filled with costumes, beauty pageants, shouting at bad guys and lots to drink? JTA’s Edmon Rodman is on the case.

  • Collecting Lincoln: The making of a national treasure

    Little known outside of bibliophiles and Civil War buffs, one of the greatest private collectors of works about Abraham Lincoln was a Jewish clothing manufacturer executive from Chicago named Alfred Whital Stern.

  • For Justin Bieber, ‘Scooter’ and the Shema play a major presence

    With the biographical documentary and concert film recounting the rise of Justin Bieber opening Feb. 11, a look at the teen sensation’s Jewish manager, Scott Samuel “Scooter” Braun, his “Jewish road dad” who introduced the Shema to the singer’s pre-concert repertoire.

  • Super Sunday scores with fun and tzedakah

    A friendly competition between religious schools in Green Bay and Pittsburgh is part of the game plan of fun and tzedakah-oriented events being executed for adults and children on Super Sunday.

  • Repairing the world, and your home, on Tu b’Shvat

    The Jewish green day of Tu b’Shvat is not just the new year for trees anymore. It’s also about “tikkun olam,” repairing the world. But how about getting to that broken dishwasher first?

  • Jewish football teams want a bowl of their own

    Has the time come for a real Jewish football league? (Note: Flag footballers need not apply.)_

  • The Texas Christians of Texas Christian University: Jewish students

    When the football team at Texas Christian University takes the field for the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Saturday, some of the hometown team’s loudest fans will be Jews from the school.

  • Shabbat opening on Christmas Eve (sort of)

    Playing on Christmas Eve, which this year falls on Shabbat, is the imaginary film “When Malka Meets Santa.”