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True or false? Test your Hanukkah knowledge

True or false? Test your Hanukkah knowledge

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, Two issues, both Hanukkah related. Every year we host our family’s Hanukkah party, which is lovely and we are happy to do it. Issue number one: I feel as if most of my family knows nothing about what Hanukkah is really about other than latkes and(…)

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Getting into the Rosh Hashanah mindset, from seat 11B

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, I know that many might feel that the world has a no shortage of horrible — nay, catastrophic — flash points erupting. Still, I cannot let go of the news item that some may see as petty. But it has served as a welcome distraction during(…)

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Six action items to #bringbackourboys

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, I know there seems to be no shortage of awful things that happen to us Jews, and maybe on some level we should get used to it. As I read about anti-Jewish activities in France for example, I confess — I sometimes just glaze over. I(…)

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Be quiet? Not a chance!

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, I can barely contain myself. I just read the article by Paul Greenberg, “Holocaust Day Again” — posted all over the Internet. It is revolting on so many levels. Here is what he writes: Another year, another Holocaust Day — just as there’s another Earth Day,(…)

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Seder habits of highly effective people

Seder habits of highly effective people

Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, There’s no getting away from it. Pesach is up next. I’ve been known to embrace the “Pesach denial attitude” in past years — closing my eyes as I pass the Passover aisle in the supermarket, delicately stepping away from the over-the-top, gung-ho Passover preparers’ braggadocio around how(…)

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The ode to gefilte fish. Oy!

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, JTNews Columnist Dear Rivy, I’m not sure how to approach this issue. I don’t mean to overdramatize; however, a major family battle is brewing over — believe it or not — gefilte fish. My family is very traditional and serves gefilte fish at every major Jewish holiday. My mother puts in(…)

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Sacred protection: Why we give thanks

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik , JTNews Columnist Dear Rivy, Let’s talk about those who are adamantly against Thanksgivukkah. Thanksgiving is Thanksgiving — it’s American and its celebration marks an adaptation into American society. Hanukkah is Hanukkah — it’s a festival that celebrates the distinction between Jews and the prevailing culture. There has to be more(…)

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The Jew and the Pew: A look backward

The Jew and the Pew: A look backward

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, JTNews Columnist You’re right —there have been a huge amount of reactions, analyses and responses to the report, along with key data points reported throughout the Jewish and general media. As with most surveys, nothing is shockingly new, nor is it all bad or all good. Perhaps it’s time to weigh(…)

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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, JTNews Columnist Dear Rivy, Not sure if you are the address for this but let me give it a shot. I was feeling like people were always putting me in a box, presuming I am a certain way by virtue of the way I dress or the company I keep. I(…)

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Bringing Jews of all ages to the table

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, JTNews Columnist Dear Rivy, Last month the North American Jewish community witnessed the public pillorying of a Jewish communal worker. Was it another horrific, shameful case of sexual abuse or harassment in the work place? One more mortifying incident of misuse of funds? No, rather, it was a case of a(…)

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