Julie Wiener's In the Mix

Mix-And-Match Holidays

Despite all the buzz about Chrismukkah a few Decembers ago, no one has yet, as far as I know, proposed Eastover or Passter (or would that be Eastach or Pester?). Since I’m no fan of mixing religious holidays, I think that’s a good thing.

But for those who do like to mix and match, a kosher gift basket company, The Challah Connection, is actually selling “Passover and Easter Traditions in a Box." The company also sells products for Muslims under the name The Halal Connection (I swear I’m not joking!)

Rites Of Spring

Ah, the telltale signs marking the arrival of Passover and Easter.

The matzah and other kosher-for-Passover foods (if matzah counts as food) piled high in the supermarket. The drugstore aisles devoted to pastel-colored candy, egg-dying equipment, stuffed bunnies, baskets and synthetic grass.

And the annual Passover-Easter survey from InterfaithFamily.com.

"100 Percent Palestinian And 100 Percent Jewish"

I was very sorry to learn of the murder of Juliano Mer-Khamis, 52, an actor who famously described himself as “100 percent Palestinian and 100 percent Jewish.”

Born in Nazareth to a Jewish mother and Arab-Israeli father (making him halachically Jewish), Mer-Khamis, a onetime paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces, co-created and ran The Freedom Theatre, a company for Palestinian children and youth from the refugee camp of Jenin.

More On Cokie & Steve's Haggadah

In the new edition of The Jewish Week, I have a short Q&A with Cokie and Steve Roberts, authors of the bestselling “Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families.” (Although it should be noted that since I put that article to bed, “The 30-Minute Seder” has bumped Cokie and Steve from the No. 1 position on Amazon.com.)

I was a bit nervous interviewing two prominent journalists, but both of them were quite gracious interviewees, and, other than the book’s two Jesus and Pope John Paul II quotes, which, I admit, made me a little squeamish, it is a pretty good Haggadah. I especially like how friendly and down-to-earth it is, how accessible it makes the holiday, and how emphatic it is in stating that it is not trying to “Christianize” Passover.

Bulgarian Jewry's Patrilineal Prez

JTA, my onetime employer (I used to joke that they were going to call it the Jewish Associated Press, but the acronym was too problematic), has a fascinating article today about Alex Oscar, Bulgaria’s Jewish community president.

Oscar, 32, can’t be called to the Torah at any synagogue in his country, because his mother isn’t Jewish. 

Hadassah Son Meets Iman's Daughter

Before you use up your allotted 20 free New York Times articles (although, as a journalist, I must encourage you to subscribe and pony up anyway), check out the following articles:

This one, a Q&A (by former Jerusalem bureau chief Deborah Sontag) with Julian Schnabel, the pajama-clad Jewish director of the film, "Miral," which opens tomorrow in New York and has already garnered criticism/condemnation from Jewish groups and bad reviews from The Jewish Week and elsewhere.

Interfaith Purim

I’m sorry for not being a more frequent blogger. I know there is a dearth of reading material and information out there on the Internet and that, without my little nuggets of wisdom, my millions (heh heh) of disappointed fans will have no choice but to play Lexulous, watch Glenn Beck, assuming that he has not yet left Fox, or actually get back to work.

I hope you managed to have a nice Purim without me.

Julie Wiener's "In A Fix": Purim Edition

In honor of Purim, the festive Jewish holiday that celebrates Esther, one of the greatest intermarried Jewish women of all time, I hereby present you with a breaking news story:

Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wilf?

Forget the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Turns out a Knesset member merits her own special boycott — not because she’s Israeli, but because she’s intermarried.

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