“The Attack.” Which Side Are You On?

Whenever I see a film that is set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I try to guess in advance how many minutes it will take for it to become obvious whose side the filmmaker is on. The cinematic tropes are often repetitive, predictable and depressing.

"The Attack." Which Side Are You On?

Whenever I see a film that is set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I try to guess in advance how many minutes it will take for it to become obvious whose side the filmmaker is on. The cinematic tropes are often repetitive, predictable and depressing.

Music and Activities For Your Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is fast approaching this year, but it is not too late to start creating fun memories with your kids as you prepare for the New Year. Ask all of your friends what they remember about their family traditions for Rosh Hashanah and everyone has apples dipped in honey on their memory list. The apples are just starting to show up at the Farmers Markets, so grab the family, load up on some apples and try out some of these activities and recipes to put you in the holiday mood. Add some music to the mix and the memories will last a lifetime.

6 Steps To A Popular Jewish Blog (Lazy Edition)

We saw this post on Pop Chassid, another great Jewish blog, and we just had to re-post it here. He laid out his six most important tips for creating a successful Jewish blog, and well, we’ll let you judge them for yourself.

Win Tickets To Jazz Legend Ben Sidran

Legendary Rock and Jazz musician Ben Sidran will be at the Dakota Jazz club this Thursday, and we have two tickets to give away. Sidran might be best known through the hit song he wrote with the Steve Miller Band, but he also has had a long career playing with Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, The Rolling Stones, and more!

A Sukkah Party Not To Be Missed

In rabbinic texts, Sukkot is chag, the holiday. In temple times, when a person said just chag there would be no question what they meant – as the culmination of the year’s intense beginning, Sukkot was the festival, the moment of release, the time of our greatest joy. We get ourselves outside our homes, outside our routines, outside our usual relationships, and in the liminal vulnerability of our sukkot, spaces that are not inside and not fully outdoors, we experience the pure joy of exposure in company. In temple times, that would have included the joy of the greatest national barbeque of all time.

Pranks, Laughter and Toasts @ EcoLodge BBQ

  (I apologize, but video heavy post to follow) Tonight we had another BBQ. My third here. It was was one heck of a fun/crazy night. Guy brought some of his friends to the BBQ, who were a blast. First is the toast that they gave me. I knew this was coming and was lucky […]

Five Unexpected Reasons To Visit Israel

There are probably a million reasons why you should keep Israel as your top destination choice. Not only does it happen to be the birthplace of the Jewish religion, but there are lots of totally rad things happening, from the tech start-ups, wineries, parties and food- this round up ain’t your grandma’s list for visiting the Holy Land. Check it out, you might be pleasantly surprised.