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  • Weddings are lovely, but it’s the marriage that matters

    CHICAGO (JTA) — My sister was married on a beautiful summer day many years ago. Those of us in the wedding party took pictures in a garden before the ceremony. As maid of honor, one of my duties was to hold up the train of her dress so it wouldn’t drag through the dirt. But…

  • Mark Feuerstein dishes on his very Jewy new sitcom, ‘9JKL’

    CHICAGO (JUF News via JTA) — A grown man moves into a New York apartment sandwiched between his meddlesome, boundary-less parents on one side and his brother, wife and their newborn baby on the other. Sounds kind of like a sitcom, right? It is. But the premise also happens to be inspired by the real life of…

  • Billy Crystal on why he loves being Jewish

    (JUF News via JTA) — The inimitable Billy Crystal is back on the road. The six-time Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, producer, director and writer — most recently of a book of essays, “Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys” —  is currently touring the U.S. with his…

  • The masks we wear on Purim — and on Facebook

    CHICAGO (JUF News via JTA) — Like so many other Jewish little girls on Purim, both my big sister and I would dress up for our annual Purim carnival as Queen Esther. The morning of the carnival, my mom would array us in regal dresses, bright red lipstick and a homemade crown or sparkly tiara bought…

  • When do I add paprika, and other questions for a Jewish mother

    Recipes passed down through the generations serve as witnesses to our Jewish story.

  • ’70s sitcom king Norman Lear on making TV that breaks ground

    One of the early pioneers in television, Lear created some of the most popular shows of our times. In a new book, he looks back on his oeuvre.

  • At Thanksgiving time, an exercise in mindfulness

    Is there a way to incorporate the mindfulness of Thanksgiving into our everyday lives? Cindy Sher finds the answers in the Jewish tradition.

  • Chicago Tribune apologizes

    Capping 10 days of local and national controversy, the Chicago Tribune has apologized for running a provocative editorial cartoon that many people felt used anti-Semitic imagery.

  • Dirty bomb’ latest Chicago link to terror

    Long before the Sept. 11 attacks, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago was combating the efforts of Chicago organizations allegedly linked to funding terrorist activity overseas.