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Each month my children each receive a free book from PJ Library, an organization that sends free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to Jewish families across America and Canada. Last week the newest books arrived. They tend not to be my favorite stories. Perhaps part of the problem is that I’m not Jewish,…

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Easter morning. My Jewish children scamper around the house, searching for Easter eggs. Clara, my seven year-old says: “I think Easter is about thinking sweet thoughts. Soft things. That’s why we get candy. To make us think of sweet things.” Clara has also told me that she plans to marry someone who isn’t Jewish so…

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When someone becomes overly insistent and overly aggressive about the truth behind their deeply held religious beliefs, I like to remind them that their deeply held religious beliefs are almost certainly predicated upon geography. For the vast majority of people, religious belief simply correlates to where they spent most of their childhood. It is not…

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I love Slate. I probably read Slate more than anything else on the Internet. But occasionally Slate publishes pieces that amount to nothing more than link bait, and Allison Benedikt’s piece entitled No Thanksgivukkah: The portmanteau holiday is bad for Jews and bad for America, is clearly one of them. Bad for America? The hyperbole…

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The Daily Beast reports on a new book, The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy, available in stores soon: A new sex guide to be published in Hebrew aims at teaching orthodox Jews the basics of sex. How basic? The book goes as far as outlining the anatomical differences between males and females. The author, Dr.…

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