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Listen to the new Album by The Black Keys

By May 11, 2010

It’s always nice to wake up to NPR streaming an album that I was planning on buying anyway.  In this case, it’s Brothers by The Black Keys. The nasty, soulful blues are on display from the first song to the … Read More

The Great Jewish #Ish

By May 7, 2010

As of two days ago, my mother officially entered the Twitterverse — she is "finished with Facebook" and is @ing me any chance she gets.  Everybody is officially on Twitter, and the people at The Jewish Federations of North America realize … Read More

Lady Gaga is Most Unkosher Thing in new Steakhouse

By May 6, 2010

Even though we "went Traif" a few weeks back, we would totally welcome some kashrut coolness into the world.  The Times help the cause by tipping us off to a new kosher steakhouse in Manhattan where "it girl" Jamie-Lynn Sigler … Read More

Why do Grandmas Love Mah Jongg?

By May 5, 2010

Sitting poolside in the summer and wondering what the game my grandmother and her friends were playing is still one of the most vivid memories of my childhood. Did I ever bother to figure out what exactly the point of … Read More

New York Times Talk Schmuck

By May 4, 2010

The New York Times make a huge deal out of the title of the upcoming comedy starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, Dinner for Schmucks.  Debbiel Schlussel, Lorne Michaels, and some rabbinical authority make appearances in this tale of a … Read More

Rabbi Shmuley Tells Pope Shabbat Dinners Will Stop Priests From Diddling

By April 29, 2010

Rabbi Shmuealy went to Rome to tell the pope that the best way to stop priests from touching little boys, is to get Catholics  to embrace the idea of a "secular version of Shabbat dinner."   I’m pretty sure the pope … Read More

The Wood and The Women He Loves

By April 28, 2010

The Daily Beast gives us a nice roundup of Woody Allen’s leading ladies, from Louise Lasser to Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, they are all there. Save for Soon-Yi of course… 

Chinese Evangelical is 99.9% Sure Noah’s Ark has Been Found, but is 100% Wrong

By April 27, 2010

Supposedly, they found Noah’s Ark in Turkey:   "Yeung Wing-Cheung, from the Noah’s Ark Ministries International research team, said: "It’s not 100 per cent that it is Noah’s Ark, but we think it is 99.9 per cent that this is … Read More