Anne Frank, the Holocaust Shooting and Forgiveness

Anne Frank would have been 80 years old on June 12th.  How ironic that within days of this anniversary, once again Jews were attacked - this time at the Holocaust Museum, a place designed to memorialize the victims, including Anne, of the Holocaust itself.  It's an ironic reminder of what all our mothers  - and most of our rabbis -- told us -- that there will always be people who hate Jews and that they will always find ways to try to hurt us - singly or in great numbers. ...more

Straight But Not Narrow

OnePinky sister, Sara, recently wrote this testimony in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month and I wanted to share it with you all: I like to say that I’m straight, but not narrow. I’m married to a man, but I can appreciate the curves of a woman just as much as I can the broad torso of a man. I might have a crush on Will Smith—but I’ve also had a little thing going for Rosario Dawson for a while (yes, Seven Pounds just made my entire year). ...more

Alysa Stanton ordained as 1st African American woman rabbi in the world.

According to Hebrew Union College, there are almost 400,000 Jewish African Americans as part of the total of 6,000,000 Jewish people in the US. One of them, Alysa Stanton, has just been ordained as the first African American woman rabbi in the whole world. This is a very big moment. ...more

I know several people of African-American descent who grew up Jewish  over more than one ...more

Cancer Scarves That Make A Fashion Statement

Finaly a cool, comfortable, fashionable head scarf for cancer patients or those with other health issues such as Lupus, Alopecia, Hepatitis C and other hair loss issues. Bonita Sands a breast cancer survivor saw a need for a more fashionable solution to hair loss so she designed the ABonita Scarf. This unique fashion headscarf has a built in adjustable headband that snaps. The best thing is you can snap it on snug and it stays on while doing activities such as swimming, boating, biking, riding in convertibles or going to the beach on a windy day. The ABonita Scarf is a big hit with bikers. ...more

Americans are in religious flux - new PEW Forum study

Gone are the days when religious affiliation was an identity assigned at birth. The PEW FORUM on American Religious Life just completed another major survey indicating some surprising changes in the American religious landscape. ...more

Mary and Max Oscar Winner Adam Elliot's new feature film

Tuesday, Apr 07 2009 Mary and Max's journey [Vita's Arts & Culture] -  vitalingus - @ 02:11:pm Adam Elliot and his Producer Melanie Coombs ...more

Putting Meaning and Spirit into Mother’s Day Observance

Mother's Day represents a wonderful idea turned into another overly commercialized holiday that tends to be pretty empty at best. I admit that most people do honestly want to remember and appreciate their mother's, but the way in which they do so could be improved. ...more

On Torture

I've been following, at a distance, the "debates" on torture.  Since I'm in a race against time to finish (in draft ) The Doves by May 31 (I finished Chapter 19 yesterday), I've pretty much punched out of current events.  My husband, the writer Philip Gold, sends me articles he thinks I should read, such as this one on Russian death squads ...more

Marital Rape Abroad and At Home

A new national law in non-Taliban Afghanistan now says that unless a wife is ill, she is "obliged to fulfill the sexual desires of her husband." That is the law of the land, signed by President Hamid Karzai. ...more

I saw this a while back and think it's horrible. I didn't know about the case on Maryland. ...more