Life and Action

Before Arvit

November 5, 2009

In this piece from Andrew’s midrash project, Queering the Text, we learn why looking at the rabbi during the priestly blessing can pose unforeseen temptations.

Angetevka: Remote Possibilities

November 1, 2009

What do vibrators, remote computer repair, robot snakes and God have in common?

I'm Broke. Please Help

October 21, 2009

“I hate to ask,” the hand-written sign apologized, “but I have to. I’m broke. Please help.” It’s mid-morning, mid-week, and drizzling. I’m stopped several car lengths down from the traffic light where the man with the sign stands unprotected from the elements and the stares of strangers.

Angetevka: It’s Relative

October 21, 2009

Begging your pardon in advance, this past week when I heard about a recent rabbinical ruling, a dirty joke popped into my head. Here it is: What’s the difference between like and love? Spit or swallow.

Always Outsiders

October 20, 2009

His English isn’t very good, but the guy sure knows how to communicate with dogs. Whenever he sees me taking Pixel out for a walk, Antonello turns into a magnet. Within seconds, Pixel is at his feet, wagging his tail, as though he and our doorman have known each other for years.

Fateful Encounters

October 19, 2009

This week, Zeek columnist Angetevka (Angela Himsel) reflects on what happens when she chooses a different kind of birthright, her spiritual rather than her geographical homeland.

Dreaming of Paris

October 18, 2009

Growing up in the Worldwide Church of God, I celebrated Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles every autumn with my parents and siblings. I spent these feasts with Alise, my friend with the exotic name and the big dreams.

Tel Aviv to Milan

October 17, 2009

“The Italians are faced with the same problem with Jihad as we are,” the Israeli software engineer said. “One day, Europe will be dominated by these people, and something has to be done about it.” Replying that my wife and I live in a largely Arab immigrant neighborhood in Milan, I argued that it was hard to see how Europe wasn’t manufacturing many of these problems itself.

Viva Italia

October 17, 2009

Over the course of the last two decades, the question of race has come to the forefront of Italian politics. Italy’s leader is of course not exempt from this discourse, having made extremely bold statements such as expressing his opposition to a “multicultural Italy,” and working hard to pass legislation attempting to limit illegal immigration.

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