When the Truth Is Found To Be . . . Hilarious

I finally saw the Coen Brothers’ interpretation of the Book of Job, “A Serious Man” — and I think the climactic scene with Rabbi Marshak, the old sage, is one of the great cinematic moments of the past decade. The old man’s “words of wisdom” to the bar mitzvah boy consist of a quote from […]

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Tu B’Shvat? Why Not?

A Guide to Creating Secular Jewish Observances for the Ritually Impaired by Linda Gritz I dislike the word “ritual” — which is odd, since I chair the ritual committee of Boston Workmen’s Circle. For me, the word conjures up images of unchanging, unthinking religious practices. Yet even secular Jews may find value and comfort in […]

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From the Archive: Just Say Maybe

A Discussion about Psychedelic Drugs, Healing and Politics From the November-December 2005 issue of Jewish Currents In January of 2005, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave rare approval of a research project examining the possible usefulness of MDMA, an illegal (Schedule 1) psychoactive drug, for alleviating anxiety among terminally ill cancer patients. The study, […]

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