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Out-of-Town Living: Not the End of the World

Barbara Bensoussan

The boundaries of the Jewish world have expanded in recent decades. How far out is “out-of-town” today? A sampling of families who are living Torah lives regardless of where they have chosen to settle.

 

Tea Party for Real, For Now

Shimmy Blum

With November midterm elections just one month away, and with Democrats in danger of losing control of Congress, the “Tea Party” is getting more attention than ever. Are they a flash in the political pan, or will they be a force in politics and policy-making for years to come?

 

Dayan Ehrentreu’s Almost-Jewish Friend on Ten Downing

David Damen

Before the days when the press corps had a round-the-clock tail on the new British Prime Minister David Cameron, he made a clandestine visit to Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu in search of his own Jewish roots. In a conversation laced with dignified discretion, Dayan Ehrentreu, now retired but busy as ever, shares some little-known facets of both the politicians and the gedolim whose time he shares.

 

Quail, Locusts, Blue Eggs, and Shibuta

Ari Z. Zivotofsky and Ari Greenspan

Locusts? Quail? Pheasant? Water buffalo? Of the hundreds of species of kosher animals Noach herded into the Ark, how many of them find their way onto our plates today? Mass food production, together with the disappearance of shochtim who remember the varied traditions, have eroded the mesorah that validates the kashrus of many animals. Behind the scenes of the most recent “Mesorah Dinner.”

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