October 24, 2010 10:02pm
With the anniversary nearing of Harry Houdini’s death on Halloween 1926, a New York exhibit joins an annual seance and a graveside ceremony in remembering the daring Jewish escape artist.
October 13, 2010 1:07am
The snack bar is always kosher and the games are never on Friday night. The players huddle up to say Sh’ma before the game. And the quarterback calls the plays in Hebrew. Meet the San Diego Jewish Academy Lions.
September 22, 2010 8:34pm
Columnist Edmon J. Rodman does his version of Arthur Murray for the seven hakafot, or circle dances, to send Jews into the fresh circle of the new year.
September 14, 2010 5:09pm
Bamboo mats may be fine for some, but others are looking for the real thing in sukkah roof coverings. Columnist Edmon J. Rodman offers a few examples.
September 8, 2010 9:34pm
Custom has Jews eating apples and honey together to ensure a sweet new year, but for those who want to shake things up, columnist Edmon J. Rodman offers some possibilities dripping with symbolism.
September 1, 2010 4:23pm
Some ways to prepare — actions that will help you stand and focus, getting you to the closing gates, before the final shofar blows — from JTA columnist Edmon J. Rodman.
August 29, 2010 11:03pm
With the coming of Selichot, a service of repentance-centered prayers said in preparation for the High Holidays, columnist Edmon J. Rodman mulls whether we can learn from the many aired mea culpas this year by public figures such as Tiger Woods and BP Chairman Tony Hayward.
July 26, 2010 11:03pm
Was the Vilna Gaon — 18th century Talmudic scholar, author and the major non-Chasidic Jewish leader of his age — part of his wife’s family tree? Edmon J. Rodman went on a search to find out.
July 13, 2010 1:42am
Edmon J. Rodman offers laments on Tisha B’Av, when the Jewish people darken their mood and grieve their losses, for what has happened in the Gulf of Mexico.
July 6, 2010 7:13pm
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is the product of a Jewish-Episcopalian collaboration, but Jewish songwriter Albert Von Tilzer and lyricist Jack Norworth go largely unrecognized by baseball, and Von Tilzer scores barely a nod in the Jewish community.