Ramadan, is a month long festival on the Muslim calendar which celebrates when the first verses of the Quran were believed to be revealed to Muhammed in the year 610.  Each day of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. At the conclusion of Ramadan, Muslims participate in a festival known as Eid al Fatir. Recently, a roving reporter accompanied […]


In this month’s issue of JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) a new study was published that finds that those who attend more than one religious service each week had a 33 percent lower risk of premature death than those who do not. Four Harvard University researchers analyzed 16 years of data (1996-2012) collected from 75,534 women of whom 1,700 […]


Question: Aside from being American Jews, what do Allen Funt of Candid Camera Fame, Norman Lear known best for the ground breaking television show All in the Family, and Groucho Marx hilariously remembered for the television program You Bet Your Life all have in common? Answer: All three can lay claim to having a shtickel (little bit of) Sholom Aleichem […]


  John Lichtenberg formerly of Australia, Joe Kuhn formerly of South Carolina and Jerry Johnson (not his real name) formerly of Iowa have, in all likelihood, never met. All three, however, share at least two things on common. All three have visited Jerusalem. As a result of that visit, all three suffer from an intense religious psychosis known as Jerusalem […]


If you are like Yours Truly, then chances are your heart breaks whenever a coreligionist makes news headlines in a less than positive way. Alternatively, chances are your heart soars whenever a coreligionist makes news headlines in a way that brings naches to our people. Such was the case this past week, when (Canadian) Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella became […]