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October 15, 2008

Dear Friend,

More Jewish holidays! By the time you get this newsletter, we will be in the middle of Sukkot, the harvest holiday.

We hope this newsletter with links to the last two weeks of articles finds you appropriately happy, whether you are celebrating or not.

Yom Kippur calendarYom Kippur

Yom Kippur came and went since last we saw you. We hope you had a peak spiritual experience--we posted a few articles to make the fast easier and the holiday more accessible. Nina Amir Lacey wrote Sin,Confession and Fasting: Teaching about Yom Kippur to help interfaith families make this very adult holiday work with their young children.

In her piece At the Crossroads, Andi Rosenthal shared a holiday dilemna that can only happen in an interfaith family: What do you do when your cousin's wedding and Yom Kippur fall on the same day?

You can still use Sheilah Kaufman's Yom Kippur Break The Fast Recipes for the upcoming holiday of Sukkot--her easy make-ahead dishes will work for many Jewish holidays and happy family occasions.

lulav and etrogSukkot

There are a lot of Jewish holidays in the autumn. If you've never experienced this current one,  I wrote a short piece about Sukkot called Welcome to My Sukkah! Sorry About the Mess. Let me know if you find it helpful! I found this sweet watercolor painting of the ritual lulav and etrog on

News and Opinion

In her latest column, Jewish Men Are From Mars..., Julie Wiener wonders whether her reflections on interfaith marriage and gender in her previous column gave Jewish men a fair shake. After all, they're hardly the only ones guilty of gender stereotyping.

Love, Marriage, Communication

When you love someone, you want to share everything that is important to you, and that's just what Sara Masri did, as she tells in My Husband's Food Reeducation, One Knish at a Time. (If you did not know that the food pictured at left is a bagel with lox and not a knish, that means you are probably not a Jewish food snob.)

Arts and Entertainment

Micah Sachs reviews Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist in Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Mix and finds a world of infinite hipness, where Jewish identity is as casually worn as loyalty to a sports team.

In his column two weeks ago, Interfaith Celebrities: Politics, Movies and Rock and Roll Nate Bloom told us what Barack Obama and Harry Truman have in common.

Today Nate gives us an update about three celebrities with African-American and Jewish heritage: Lisa Bonet, Sophie Okonedo (pictured at left) and Jenny Lumet, and their projects in To Be Young, Gifted, Black and Jewish.

New On the Blogs 

Micah posted to tell you Why Bill Maher Is Wrong. I posted to the blog right after Rosh Hashanah and after Yom Kippur to share links to some nifty things, like Jewish Social Action Month. IFF President Ed Case wrote a post reflecting on Edgar Bronfman's new book Hope Not Fear.

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Ruth Abrams, Managing Editor

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A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
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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