Monthly Archives: July 2008

Sometimes Overwhelming

"Arlene Gottfried is a photographer with an eye and a mind on the city streets-an ‘insider' with an ability to capture images of life that are raw, real, hard-edged, and caustic, and at the same time affectionate, funny, and loving." … Read More

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POEM: Prayers to John Grisham

                On this flight to Pittsburgh the man next to me reads the latest thriller with lips aflutter. He reads with Talmudic fervency divining the permanent in black and white. I look half-eyed … Read More

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The Heretic: How the Law of Lashon Hara Has Been Dangerously Perverted By Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis

A young boy is called up to his teacher’s desk in a yeshiva grade school. “Stay after class, Shmuley. I want to talk to you.” Shmuley stays, frightened that he has done something wrong and his teacher will punish him. … Read More

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Mike Darnell

My name is Mike Darnell. I am an Israeli artist. I was born in Jerusalem in on the 13th of May 1974. My formal education was a short stint at the department of Industrial Design at Haddasah College in Jerusalem, … Read More

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Amy Stein

Amy Stein is a photographer and teacher based in New York City. Her work explores our evolving isolation from community, culture and the environment. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is featured in many private and … Read More

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AgriProcessors Roundup: Fake Documents, Underage Workers, and the Boycott That Wasn’t

Last we heard, Agriprocessor’s PR firm had been caught trying to smear the reputation of Rabbi Morris Allen and Uri L’Tzedek, but there have been several developments since then. Failed Messiah broke the news that the May 12th raid also … Read More

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The Israeli-American Prime Minister Bids Farewell

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has never been known to take the high road. Even when he was starting out, as a young Likud MK, he was known to be fierce, ambitious, and not above a good fight. He won … Read More

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The Protocols: Harry Potter and the Order of the Jews

“Guess what?” My mother sounded positively bubbly–I hadn’t heard her this excited since her latest colonoscopy came back clean. “Harry Potter is Jewish!” “Harry Potter is a fictional character,” I explained patiently. “But if Harry Potter had a religion, I’m … Read More

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