Joshua Cohen’s Circuit Overload

‘Book of Numbers’ can be dazzling, but its his long meditation on being human in the age of computers bogs it down.

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‘Ulysses,” it ain’t. And why, you may ask, do I start by saying what this book is not? Because Joshua Cohen’s startling new 580-page novel, “Book of Numbers” (Random House), reads like James Joyce’s giant classic — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Wordy, to a fault — yes, and dense. But Cohen’s prose is dazzling, often magical. It’s not just the polymathic command of his subject matter — and Cohen is a polymath of art history, and computers, and comparative religion, and seemingly everything else. He is a master wordsmith of wordplay.

Joshua Cohen. Beowulf Sheehan

Using 3-D Printing To Bring Jewish History To Life

HAFTR teacher, four others, named Jewish Education Project’s 2015 “Young Pioneers.”

Editorial Intern

It is one of the commendable contradictions of Jewish learning that its educators, in the service of imparting their traditional wisdom, are continually seeking innovative methods and means.

HAFTR's Benjamin Gross was honored for integrating cutting edge technology into the school's Jewish study program.

Giving Circles, Amplified

New website connects Jewish giving circles to share resources.

Staff Writer

Giving Circles, the hottest trend in Jewish philanthropy, now have an official website.

The Natan Fund, a giving circle of young Jewish professionals in New York (known as the “Wall Street” giving circle), this week announced the launch of Amplifier, an online platform that allows Jewish-inspired giving circles around the world to connect and share resources.

The new Amplifier site is a project of The Natan Fund. Via

Move Over, Smiley Face: New Religious Emojis On The Way


In addition to smiley faces, high heels and frogs, Unicode is rolling out a new batch of 250 emojis, among them a set of religious icons.

Heady Times For Israeli Tech

But sounding a warning, one leading entrepreneur says, ‘This feels like a bubble.’

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — For several days last week, the world of high-tech seemed to take over Tel Aviv, as hundreds of foreign investors, executives and journalists descended on the city to mingle and size up Israel’s overflowing scene of start-ups and innovators.

An Israeli scientist demonstrates that a robot using artificial intelligence can dance. Joshua Mitnick

A Pitch To Report Cyber Hate

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In the aftermath of Ryan Braun’s suspension from Major League Baseball for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, social media networks have witnessed an outpouring of impassioned commentary, including many anti-Semitic remarks made against Braun — nicknamed “The Hebrew Hammer” for his Jewish heritage.

Abraham H. Foxman

Touch-Screen Sephardic Cooking

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When a food giant like Manischewitz, the iconic company that first mass-produced Ashkenazi food in the United States, is taken over by Moroccans and starts making couscous, it’s a signal that the cuisine of North African and Middle Eastern Jews is having its moment.

Traditional recipes, modern technology: Sarina Roffe has created an app for Sephardic cuisine. Photo courtesy Sarina Roffe

Technology And Jewish Education

Video blogger Aaron Herman takes a look at the Bedtime Shema app for Android and Apple created by Rusty Brick founders Ronnie and Barry Schwartz in memory of their mother.

When Old Technology Is Just What We Need

It’s unusual for me to write about old technology. In the tech field what’s new is what’s interesting and newsworthy. Yesterday’s technology quickly becomes obsolete.

The author's grandmother with the record containing birthday greetings from her deceased family. Rabbi Jason Miller
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