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  • Lamenting the gulf on Tisha B’Av

    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.

  • Rising for Albert and his famous baseball song

    “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.

  • Jewish sparklers light up the Fourth

    Bruce Zoldan and his family own the B.J. Alan Company of Youngstown, Ohio, the second largest importer and wholesaler of consumer fireworks in the United States.

  • Exchanging gifts on Yom Ha’Dad

    With the arrival of Father’s Day, Yom Ha’Dad, it’s a good time to think about what it means to be a real Jewish mensch dad, columnist Edmon J. Rodman writes.

  • Making a trip to the stars of Memorial Day

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court now makes it seem acceptable to erect public war memorials using symbols once thought to be purely sectarian, Star of David memorials should be erected to remember the Jewish servicemen and servicewomen and all others who have died for their country, Edmon J. Rodman writes.

  • Visiting the alef garden on Shavuot

    Torah all-nighter will leave you refreshed and reconnected, writes columnist Edmon J. Rodman.

  • Trying to set the ‘lag’ on fire

    On Lag B’Omer you can light a bonfire, and you can use the fire to light up your mind, columnist Edmon J. Rodman writes.

  • Watching your language at a Made-in-Israel meal

    The twists and turns in planning a special Yom Ha’Atzmaut dinner.

  • Constructing Holocaust memories: Where mind meets museum

    As Yom Hashoah nears, a walk through the unfinished Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust brings some unexpected personal connections.

  • At Passover, finding a kosher path out of Egypt

    Going the kosher route for a year since last Passover has had its difficulties, but columnist Edmon Rodman says he’s not going back.