little boy with autism says “I love you” – and you understand it. Your
grandfather is able to say “congratulations” when you graduate – despite
the recent stroke he suffered that impaired his speech. That future is
almost the present thanks to new Israeli-developed technology that can
extract spoken words from the sounds of people with speech disabilities.
LOS ANGELES (JTA) – A decade ago in Los Angeles, two organizations
opened their doors with a call to prayer – or they would have if they
had any doors to open.
ROTA, Spain (JTA) – While setting up a synagogue at the American naval
base where she works, Ahuvah (Amanda) Gipson made something of a
The amount of material available to a biographer depends greatly on the
subject being researched. Take, for example, someone writing about a
biblical character. The lives of most are relayed in only a few
chapters. However, in contemporary times, a great deal of documentation
may be found – from personal archives to newspaper and magazine articles
to government records. This idea explains the difficulties faced by
authors of two recent biographies: While David Wolpe’s “David: The
Divided Heart” depends on limited biblical and rabbinic writings, Allen
Shawn’s “Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician” faces an almost
overwhelming amount of material collected by Bernstein’s family.
NEW YORK (JTA) – Dimly lit, the stone slab, or stele, doesn’t look
particularly noteworthy, especially when compared to the more lavish
sphinxes, jewelry and cauldrons one encounters en route to the room
where it is installed.
(JTA) – I sat down last week to write about what happened in Ferguson.
As I began to write, there was no doubt in my mind that there would be a
“next time” as soon as we hit the next news cycle, if not sooner. Then I
heard the news that the New York City police officer responsible for
the death of Eric Garner would not be charged. I was struck by the fact
that I could write this article every day and just leave a blank spot to
fill in a new name.
This month the comic strip featured on my “Pearls Before Swine” calendar
resonated with me beyond the quick laugh.
NEW YORK (JTA) – There’s nothing quite like that first night of
Chanukah: a platter full of hot, crispy latkes and the accompanying
applesauce and sour cream. It’s classic, delicious and a beloved comfort
food for so many American Jews.
The miracle of Chanukah is an epic story of conservation, as one day’s
worth of oil lasts for eight days in the Jewish Temple. Now, in some
circles, energy conservation and energy independence are increasing
hallmarks of modern-day Chanukah.