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Stephen Greenblatt to Al Pacino's Shylock: Dead on Arrival

Despite the general approbation for this summer's Shakespeare in the Park staging of "The Merchant of Venice," the production was dealt a serious blow this week.  Stephen Greenblatt, America's leading Shakespeare scholar, wrote a scathing review of Al Pacino's performance in the New York Review of Books.

Dating Means Often Having to Say You're Sorry

There's nothing like the Days of Awe to stir up the love memories.

Which is another way of saying, the love mishaps.

So is it my fault that as soon as Rosh Hashannah let out, I found myself emailing two gentlemen from my immediate past who, according to my watch, both owed me some serious apologies?

In The Season Of JJ Greenberg

The yahrtzeit of JJ Greenberg, a remarkable, joyous and inspirational soul, is the 8th of Tishrei, Wednesday night and Thursday. Here you can find his eulogies and other memories, wonderful for elevating our souls before Yom Kippur if you were fortunate to know him, and if you won't meet him until we're all together again in the Other World, all the more so.

 

Intermarrieds Cooking Up Trouble

A few years ago, when I wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal about increasing numbers of gentile moms raising Jewish kids, I was amused by the editor’s headline choice: “But Will The Chicken Soup Taste As Good?”

In fact, a sizable number of non-Jewish men and women who have married into the Tribe are taking on the responsibility of cooking the family’s chicken soup, along with other traditional Jewish dishes.

A Hindu Wedding on Rosh HaShanah, and Moore On Religious Freedom

Filmmaker Michael Moore is out with an interesting open letter that's worth a read, however you feel about the so-called Ground Zero Mosque issue, because of its passion and articulation and his citation of George Washington's famous letter to the Jews. In the letter, a vintage copy of which can be found on display at the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Washington writes:

Rep. Myrick: Hezbollah threatening southwestern U.S.

You think Israel is the only country facing Hezbollah terror? Think again; according to Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), the group may be active along the Southwestern U.S. border – maybe she thinks they're infiltrating alongside beheading-crazed illegal aliens and Mexicans bent on the “reconquista.”

When Technology Needs a Day of Atonement Too

I've been following the Offlining campaign pretty closely. It's the brainchild of Eric Yaverbaum and Mark DiMassimo. They partnered to launch Offlining, an initiative to promote unplugging that was introduced on Father's Day, to ask people to make a pledge to have 10 device-free dinners between then and Thanksgiving. To date, more than 10,500 have signed on to this pledge.

Will you go offline on Yom Kippur?

Amb. Oren tries to tamp down anti-Obama rage

 Reading Ron Kampeas' story on a pre-Rosh Hashanah interview with the Jewish press (which I missed, due to other commitments) I was struck by the dilemma Israeli leaders face in these days of unrestrained, unfiltered political animosity.

According to Ron, Oren said that “Obama often doesn’t get the credit he deserves in Israel.”

The Politics Of Forgiveness

It's an all-out political season, and the High Holidays are here, which made me think a bit about grudges.

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