Let's go home, Mrs. Dukesbury The Link Geniza*




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JUST ADD THE O. 
G-dcast is the d'var Torah you'd get if you were a cartoon character and your synagogue was a TV screen. Is this weekly animated parashah for kids? For adults? You decide. Besides the missing "O," everything is there for real people.




WHERE'S THE MAXWELL HOUSE WIKI?
Jews have always toyed with the Haggadah, putting their stamp on the Passover celebration. The Open Source Haggadah Project just makes it easier. Although the content is a bit slim, the site features both traditional and contemporary material (please add your own).

 
STICKS AND CLICKS
Animator Vs. Animated is a clever, whimsical cartoon in which a stick figure battles its unseen but very animated creator. The two adversaries return to the field of battle
 along a computer screen toolbar in the sequel



WHAT'S UP DOC?
The Jew And the Carrot. Which part of Jews, food and sustainability don't you understand? Contributors include the incomparable Alix Wall, proprietor of The Organic Epicure.


 
LOOK! BIBI NETANYAHU IS TALKING!
Inspired by YouTube, WeJew encourages viewers to watch and upload its Jewish-themed videos and other media. Among the most watched, Robert Klein on Jewish funerals, and the confusingly titled "Hamas Ambulances Move Terrorists Evidence Footage."


DIGGING TO CHINA. 
Just click on the map to see where you'd actually end up if you dug all the way through the Earth. And just where do you have to start to end up in China?


The Gyðinga Saga
The History of the Jews in Iceland is full of fascinating morsels. Gyðingar/Jews has been in the Icelandic vocabulary since the 11th century. The first Jew arrived late, in the 17th century. And while the community today is almost non-existent, Iceland's first lady is Jewish.


IT'S BETTER TO LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD & DO GOOD. 
Style Substance Soul was started by four mothers as a tastefully designed destination and resource center. The site offers its visitors a sampling of movies, books, charities, fashion, a space for blogs and other interactivity.


I use it but only when talking to Jews.   
The Survey of American Jewish Language wants to know how you speak. Are you heimish? Do you recoil when you see shmutz? Is everything just yofi? Or is it, in the words of the survey, “Enough already!”?

 


THIS BIRD WOULDN'T VOOM IF YOU PUT 4,000 VOLTS THROUGH IT. 

Monty Python is not an ex-comedy troupe, not if Pythonline is any indication. With clips, interviews and other fan spam, it's hardly something completely different.  Still, would anyone really want a world without the Pythons?  Say no more.


DOWN ON J STREET. 
J Street is a dovish pro-Israel advocacy organization. It aims to broaden the public and policy debate in the U.S. about the Middle East.
It also has a blog.
 

Americans for Peace Now
Ari Davidow's Klezmer Shack
Balashon
Bigmouth Indeed Strikes Again
Blog of Death
Blogs of Zion 
Detroitblog
Frost and Clouds
Groceteria
Grow-a-Brain
Iraq the Model


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Galicia Jewish Museum, in Krakow, Poland, is open every day but Yom Kippur and Christmas.

Jewish Funds for Justice is a public foundation working for social change in the United States.  Check out their ethical travel pledge.

Each month, Jewish Heritage Online Magazine presents several faces of a single topic.

Zemerl, the Jewish Song Database connects you to lyrics and audio clips of classic songs.

Looking for a year-long experience in Israel? Check into the WUJS Institute.

The Movie Clichés List makes us ask ourselves why we're paying a fortune to see the same flicks we paid a lot less to see in the past.

The Tongue Twister Database
alt.muslim was designed as an outlet for "civility, humor and wit," according to the creators of this interactive news and information site.

You can never go home again, and
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit is proof. See also: Forgotten Detroit and Detroitblog. Also: Friends of the Belle Isle Aquarium

The Internet Archive provides a reminder of what  conditions in cyberspace were long, long ago (1996, say). 

Siddur Audio offers instruction via mp3 clips of Shabbat blessings, prayers and songs. The site is the work of Rabbi Mark Zimmerman of Congregation Beth Shalom in Atlanta, who knows the words and music by heart.

Haruth Communications has a Jewish web link list that in its charm and execution will take you back to the pioneer days of the 1990s.

The Hebrew/Jewish perpetual calendar can help transpose Jewish time to what we might refer to as "regular time."

Sweatshop Watch puts the issue right out front, and offers ways to improve wages and working conditions. 
 

IsraelBeat
Israelity
Jewneric
LilaTovCocktail
Lugubrious Drollery
Mah Rabu
Peoplehood.org
POVonline
Rabbi Landsberg's Blog
Rabbi Mark's Reflections
Sui
Generis

Walking On Fire
YudelLine
Yo, Yenta
Zackary Sholem Berger


 
 Judaism Blogs - Blog Catalog Blog Directory
 
 Join My Community at MyBloglog!
 
 Find the best blogs at Blogs.com.

JEWISH AGGREGATORS
JewishBlogging  
Jrants.com

 


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* Because Jews hold the name of God as sacred (especially when written in Hebrew), the problem arose early on (our ancestors called them "challenges") of what to do with sacred texts when they were too worn to be used anymore. You couldn't burn them or throw them in a landfill (first of all because there weren't any and second because trashing the name of God is a major Thou Shalt Not.) So the sages concluded that worn out Torah scrolls, prayer books and the like must be given a proper burial.

Or they may be stored. The Jews of Cairo did what many of us do today when we can't bear to throw something away--they shlepped it into the attic and forgot about it. That was the beginning of the Cairo Geniza in the old Ezra Synagogue. When Solomon Schechter began to study the Cairo Geniza's contents around the turn of the century, he discovered something fascinating. Jews of the 7th to 12th centuries not only had taken their holy books there, they had also dropped off their business letters, contracts, personal letters, dry cleaning receipts--giving us a glimpse of how people lived hundreds of years ago. It turns out that, except for the people on Reality TV, they lived pretty much the way we do.

So why am I telling you this? Because this is the geniza of The Jewish Angle. Our little 21st century getaway, from where you can disappear for a few minutes or a few centuries. Just take your dry cleaning receipts with you.

-- D.H.



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