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July 10, 2012 eNewsletter - Chicago

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July 10, 2012

Dear friends,

Thank you for responding to my request for articles! While responses are still trickling in, I've received over 170 emails from readers like you who have stories to share. In the coming months, we'll have some really interesting articles on the site and in this newsletter!


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What would religious school and other Jewish education look like if parents attended and learned alongside their kids? Inspired by her daughter's Suzuki method violin lessons, Ari Moffic wonders if the model could work for Judaic education as well. What do you think? Read more in What Do Violin Lessons Have to Do With Religious School?


Our Jewish Language Cheat Sheet was so popular, we thought we should follow it up with another resource on language. Wendy Armon shared some history, explanations and new Yiddish words to use (they're not just insults!). Read more in The Yiddish (of My Grand) Momma.


These kids might come from different religions, but their grief and support for their grandmother, Paulette Mann, is remarkably similar. She interviewed her grandchildren, one being raised with Judaism and two being raised with Catholicism, after the death of her husband, their grandfather. Read more in Differences?


While the weather is nice, Joanna Brichetto wanted to get her family outside. Along with her son, she found that protecting the critters that live in our backyards can be rewarding for the whole family — and taught through a Jewish lens. Read more in Family Project: a Jewish Backyard.


I didn't think I'd be blogging about an article on the website of the OU (Orthodox Union), let alone giving it a thumbs up, but here I am. Read more in An Orthodox Response to Intermarriage.

Pop Culture

Nate Blooms gives an introduction to the movies of Ezra Miller, and his view on patrilineal descent; examines the long career and long interfaith marriage of James Garner; and remembers everyone's favorite sheriff, Andy Griffiths. Read more in Interfaith Celebrities.

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A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation.
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