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  • The making of a Hollywood Maccabee wannabee

    Columnist Edmon J. Rodman figures even with two Judah Maccabee movies in production, there’s room for a third — and he’s just the guy to make it.

  • Linking to Jewish fair trade: The bike chain menorah

    Judaica made without exploitation: a bike chain menorah created in India. And there’s a website that promotes fair trade Judaica and helps design new works.

  • Oy, Tannenbaum! The Hanukkah Tree Topper

    With the high intermarriage rate, the Jewish creator of a a 6-inch plastic Star of David attached to a stainless steel coil that allows the star to sit atop a Christmas tree says the potential market is enormous. But he’ll have to deal with the naysayers.

  • Licensed to kvell: The return of Oy-Oy 7

    Fearful of Hamas rockets? Iranian nukes? Never fear. Secret agent Israel Bond is on the case.

  • Trick or tweet (the Anthony Weiner mask)

    Costumes of the disgraced congressman are big business this Halloween season. Bernie Madoff masks, not so much.

  • Should my sukkah have a debt ceiling?

    JTA columnist Edmon J. Rodman mulls the rehabbing of his sukkah in tough financial times.

  • Yom Kippur: It’s fourth and long

    On Yom Kippur, the ultimate game day for Jews, columnist Edmon J. Rodman says we can apply football’s well-known pattern of timed territorial struggle to the personal struggle being played out for our attention, intention and understanding.

  • Dozing on the Days of Awe

    What if you “accidentally” hit the snooze button while sitting in Rosh HaShanah or Yom Kippur services? JTA columnist Edmon J. Rodman says it isn’t so terrible — and could even help spiritually.

  • Milken Community loses first football game to San Diego Jewish Academy

    Two West Coast Jewish high school football teams squared off in a game dubbed the Bagel Bowl.

  • Seeking a conversion in time for Shavuot

    On Shavuot, Jews read about Ruth, the Bible’s most famous convert, making the holiday a good time to reassess attitudes toward Jews by Choice in our own communities.