December 22, 2014 / 30th of Kislev, 5775
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Dan Brosgol

  • To open one of my classes a few weeks ago, I asked my students to comment on the following list of female performers: Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, and Taylor Swift.

    The feedback was interesting, not entirely surprising, and questionably representative of the overall teen perspective on these women. I will share that a fair number of the kids had no idea who Kelly Clarkson was, that Ariana Grande was viewed as a little annoying, and that Taylor was, well, fabulous. I’ll forgive the kids...

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  • It’s 5:00 somewhere.

    This week that timeless phrase means two things- it’s time to light the Chanukah candles, and time to grab a drink after a long day.

    In that spirit, after (or perhaps before) you belt out Mi Yimalel in a round, here are this year’s suggestions to amplify the enjoyment of boisterous driedel games with some 21+ refreshment.


    For the first time ever, this year an Israeli wine, Recanati Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee, made Wine Spectat...

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  • Like many of you I spend a lot of time in my car. My normal commute isn’t terrible, only about 18 miles door-to-door, but there are times when I end up spending 90 minutes driving home from whichever locus of Jewish life I’m working at that day. With that in mind, and a recent traffic nightmare fresh in my memory, here’s my take on the most awful traffic and driving situations around Jewish Boston this roving Jewish professional finds himself in when work calls fo...

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  • Going out the night before Thanksgiving with two of my friends seemed like a wonderful idea. After all, the three of us have 12 kids combined and it's generally hard to find a time when we are all at home and not busy. Over the course of the day we exchanged a flurry of texts and come 9:30 on Erev Thanksgiving I and one of the other guys headed out to Waxy O'Connors together with the third guy coming a little later to join us.

    Yes, well, at least 300 other people had a similar idea. An...

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  • With Israel’s drubbing of Bosnia and Herzegovina still fresh in my mind, it’s time for my semi-annual review of Israelis playing soccer in Europe. This list probably isn’t comprehensive, but it’s already long enough, and I offer it to you in order of what I find interesting.

    Nir Bitton and Beram Kayal, Celtic (Scottish Premier League)

    While Celtic no longer competes for Champions League glory on an annual basis, they are still a club with a tremendous ...

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  • Over the past few years I’ve been able to wrest control of Thanksgiving away from both sides of the family.

    No more multi-night sleepovers at the in-laws’. No more haggling over dishes and kid messes at my parents’ house. Now it’s all about getting our house ready for visitors and spending not one, but two days cooking and entertaining. Why two days? Because my parents have always had Thanksgiving on Friday to avoid cooking a Thanksgiving dinner and a Sha...

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  • There's so much awful news out of Israel recently that it's painful to even summarize. An infant run over at a light rail station. Soldiers run over waiting for a bus. A man stabbed in the back with a screwdriver. Four people shot and hacked to death in a synagogue during morning prayers this morning.

    It is impossible to forget these heinous acts of terror.

    At the same time, life goes on in face of, and despite, the ultimate evil of terrorism and the twin specters of a nuclear ...

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  • Remember the 15-minute Rosh Hashanah dinner?

    Today I bring you something even better. The four-minute, no-butter pumpkin spice muffin- aka the perfect way to get rid of the Cheshvan blues. This recipe makes 12 muffins, which means half of them are gone in my house at dinner, and the other half are gone by the time I make lunches the next morning.  

    That’s a long way of saying that you should double this recipe if you have five or more kids… although I b...

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  • It's worth noting that there was a time in pre-history before DVR. Program the way-back machine to go a little farther back into the 1990s and there was even an age before TiVo.

    Don't get me wrong. I love DVR. Despite my attempts at time alchemy I haven't figured out a way to increase the number of hours in a day, so I'm stuck trying to cram in every activity, sport, work endeavor, and (gasp) time with my wife into that damned 24-hour construct. The DVR allows me to imbibe NCIS...

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  • If I had a million billion 4 billion dollars

    Do you watch TV? If you’re like me, you haven’t been in recent weeks. I mean the TV has been on, but it’s more like football (and everything else) is just on in between campaign ads. The deluge of “I’m-candidate-X-and-I-approved-this-message” and “here’s-the-real-story-behind-so-and-so” is entirely out of hand. How out of hand? How about $4 billion dollars’ worth of out of hand for a midter...

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Fantastic, as always. Do you remember the joke going around a month ago?: Man asks rabbi what to do about watching baseball playoffs on Yom Kippur. Rabbi: DVR it. Man: You can DVR Yom Kippur?!
#FOMOJ: Fear Of Missing Out On Judaism