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Hostess Confidential: Why I Love Old Jewish Men

Hostess Confidential: Why I Love Old Jewish Men
By February 1, 2008

Restaurant Week is war. We stockpile our kitchens. We deploy troops of food runners, busboys, and cooks. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong during Restaurant Week. We prepare ourselves for a high number of casualties. Restaurant Week is … Read More

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Green Mujahideen: Would You Drink Your Pee? I Would.

Green Mujahideen: Would You Drink Your Pee?  I Would.
By February 1, 2008

"Toilet-to-tap" water systems may sound nasty, but for portions of the globe increasingly threatened by drought, they could be the best solution. If you're not familiar with the process, Slate has a thorough report on this kind of water-purification and … Read More

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Lech Lecha

Lech Lecha
By February 1, 2008

Awakening late to my Judaism–as so many American Jews do–I came to a realization both strange and wonderful: there are Israelis in my midst! At last, I thought, : Real Jews! Jews who've fought and sweated and sacrificed for the … Read More

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Will the Green Movement Turn Brown with Recession?

Will the Green Movement Turn Brown with Recession?
By January 17, 2008

Everyone knows that green is the new black, but what you might not know is that most people are perfectly cool with black. Sure, we’d all love to do our part for the environment, but the general consensus is that … Read More

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The Friday 5: Top Jewish Food Sayings

The Friday 5: Top Jewish Food Sayings
By January 4, 2008

If you've ever been in the care of a Jewish mother–whether yours or someone else's–then surely you're familiar with the words "eat something!" Often delivered with commentary about how you're "too skinny," they're spoken with a salty-sweet mix of love … Read More

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Europe Resigning Itself to GM Crops

Europe Resigning Itself to GM Crops
By January 4, 2008

Though the genetic engineering of food is a new field, the GMO debate feels as old as dirt. The same damn argument sprouts up over and over again: Advocates argue that GMO crops could eradicate hunger in a world predicted … Read More

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The Friday 5: Top Jewish Things To Do on Christmas

The Friday 5: Top Jewish Things To Do on Christmas
By December 21, 2007

Ah, Christmas: The world’s most commercially viable pseudo-holiday. Full of enduringly confusing symbolism, the celebration drives millions of people (especially American people) insane each year, inspiring them to spend their hard-earned money on crap they (and their loved ones) don’t … Read More

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Year-Round Cultural Atonement

Year-Round Cultural Atonement
By September 18, 2007

Whether you’re Orthodox or atheist, you’ve no doubt encountered non-Jewish works of art that resonate with fundamentally Jewish teachings about repentance and forgiveness. Yom Kippur asks us to atone for 24 hours straight, which seems like a power cleanse for … Read More

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