October 6: Editor of “Jewish Child”

Elma Ehrlich Levinger, the editor of Jewish Child magazine and author of more than thirty books for children about Jewish history and identity, was born in Chicago on this date in 1886. “Levinger used both drama and the short story as a means of educating young people and women about Jewish history and traditions, hoping […]

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3,000 and Counting

by Lawrence Bush THE NEXT ARTICLE we post to the Jewish Currents website will be our 3,000th. Of those, some 2,000 are Jewdayo entries. Those numbers make me feel elated and exhausted, all at once. Elated because Jewdayo has been a great adventure of research and writing. Over this feature’s 5 1/2 years, I’ve learned […]

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Jewdayo and Apostasy

by Lawrence Bush I asked in our early-bird Jewdayo fundraiser the other day if readers thought Jewdayo should include or exclude people who for sincere or opportunistic reasons converted out of Judaism in the course of their lives. Here are some reader responses: Our frequent and erudite commentator, Anna Wrobel, wrote, While it irritates me […]

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JEWDAYO: 900 and Counting

      Dear Jewdayo Friends, Yesterday’s Jewdayo entry about Artie Shaw was my 900th. According to the great sage Maimonides (in his Guide for the Perplexed, published in 1190), “When we continually see an object, however sublime it may be, our regard for it will be lessened . . .” Uh-oh . . . […]

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December 18: Happy Birthday To Me

Today is my 60th birthday. Holy Cow. I’m not going to be writing a JEWDAYO entry about myself (too much research),  but I am going to pause in the project for this one day (Steven Spielberg’s birthday, 1947) to tell you briefly about my plans for its future. I’ve now completed two years of daily […]

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December 7: Occupation of Alcatraz

On this day in 1970, Rabbi Roger Herst and members of the American Jewish Congress brought food, blankets and a menorah to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay to celebrate Hanuka with 400 Native Americans who had occupied the island since November 20th, 1969. The 19-month occupation led to an end of the federal government […]

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