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Posted: Wed, 11/16/2011 - 13:51 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

I wish I could explain my latest blogging hiatus as stemming from some fabulous vacation.

Or, I could be like The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, and attribute it to crisscrossing Pakistan and the Middle East to interview dozens of people on an array of issues vital to global security. Not that I really want to shlep around Pakistan. As it is, I can't keep up with my children's myriad school obligations or requisite Tooth Fairy visits.

Posted: Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:01 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

Just in case you were worried that high-power political families want nothing to do with Jews, I thought I’d let you know that Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter is apparently marrying a Jewish doctor.

Posted: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 19:13 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix


It’s Nov. 1, and two buckets piled high with tempting goodies sit on my kitchen counter.

Posted: Fri, 10/28/2011 - 15:41 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

Remember the inreach-outreach debate that dominated much of American Jewish life communal discussions a decade ago?

If you don’t, the basic gist was: Should the Jewish community focus on deepening the engagement of already committed and synagogue-affiliated Jews (and too often, “committed Jews” was used interchangeably with “in-married Jews”) or should it cast a wide net and seek to reach out to the unaffiliated and (gasp) intermarried?

Posted: Wed, 10/26/2011 - 14:42 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

Perhaps it’s the upcoming anniversary of Kristallnacht, perhaps it’s my children’s “Sound of Music”-inspired questions about the Holocaust. (Most recently: “Were there any Jews living in Austria when the Nazis took over?” A reasonable question, given that this population of 192,000 is never mentioned in the Von Trapp family’s story.)

Posted: Wed, 10/12/2011 - 10:00 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

I’ve been corrected by fellow blogger, Rabbi Jason Miller.

Turns out Ben Stiller was falsely playing the patrilineal card on “Saturday Night Live”: according to Wikipedia at least (sorry, I don’t have any connections with the Stiller family, so I can’t confirm at this moment) his mother, Anne Meara, converted to Judaism before he was born.