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July 2008 Archives

First a bit of Jewish education: Shabbat Nachamu, the “Sabbath of Consolation,” comes the weekend after the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning and fasting commemorating the destruction of the Temple. There’s a special synagogue service that […]

Quick! When you think of what married life is in the Middle East, what comes to mind? Women clad in black burkas, abayas (robes), hijabs, and face veils, sticking close to home, raising kids and following the lead of her […]

There’s still a little bit of summer left, and if you can I encourage you to get out to a John Mellencamp concert, for at least three reasons. First, you won’t believe how many of his songs you’ll know, and […]

In a brief interview with the UK’s Daily Mirror, embattled supermodel Naomi Campbell got in a dig at Madonna and her faith, Kabbalah. Naomi said: I knew about Kabbalah before Madonna got involved. Kabbalah is not a religion, it’s a […]

All those hoping that Britney would trade in her Federline for a Gibson are likely to be disappointed, but that category probably only holds Gibson paterfamilias Mel, who tried to set up the troubled pop star with his son who […]

Stop the Presses! It’s headline time! Can you believe it?! Fuggettaboutit! USA Today ran two front page stories this week that–get this–involved no controversy, no negativity, no gossip, no political banter, no victims or villains and no one breaking the […]

One of the most inspiring people, who wrote one of the most inspiring books, as taken from one of the most inspiring lectures (now you’ve guessed him, right?) has passed away from pancreatic cancer. Neil should add him to the […]

Going to camp is a ritual almost everyone has experienced, but like every other cultural ritual, it sure has changed over time. At least that’s the conclusion I came to watching the sweet documentary : “Summercamp!”. Swift Nature Camp in […]

James Van Praagh is America’s most famous medium. He regularly appears on talk shows to help people–famous and nonfamous alike–communicate with loved ones from beyond the grave. Cher once asked him to help her contact Sonny Bono. His new book, […]

Gary Oldham may be my favorite supporting actor of any comic book movie franchise.as Jim Gordon in the “Batman” movies. He has also enjoyed a long career playing a variety of interesting roles including the title role in “Bram Stoker’s […]