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Where to send my grandfather's memoir?

I recently finished editing my grandfather's memoir and I'm wondering what institutions may be interested in a copy. He is a German Jew (b. Halberstadt) who left for San Francisco in 1934. Topics: his early childhood (family life, local businesses, Jewish life/education, shifts under Nazi regime), the voyage, a good deal about growing up in San Francisco in the 30s and 40s, some WWII Army engineer anecdotes of France/Belgium, Berkeley in the 50s, the technology industry, MIT in the 60s, and more. [more inside]
posted by waninggibbon on Aug 20, 2016 - 8 answers

Help me find a Jewish fable about bluffing in a negotiation

When I was young, I remember reading a Jewish fable, or maybe even many different versions of a fable, about a wily trickster who outwits someone or something who is holding him or his community hostage. It might have been Herschel or Hillel, but whoever it is, he succeeds by bluffing that he is going to do something awful if he doesn't get what he wants. [more inside]
posted by boots on Dec 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Books on Judaism and Hebrew?

Books on Judaism and Hebrew? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp on Feb 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Happy New Year...er, what?

(Jew Filter) High Holy Days ideas for the unaffiliated? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 14, 2012 - 9 answers

And this is what kept our fathers and what keeps us surviving.

What do we know about the origins of vehi she'amda from the Passover haggadah? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Apr 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Book recommendations about Reform Judaism

Interested in learning about Reform Judaism. Book recommendations? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Oct 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Help Me Write a Jewish Character as Realistically As I Can

I'm writing a fiction book where the main character is a Jewish male aged in his late 30s living in London during WW2. I want to make this character sound as real as possible. My problem; I'm not Jewish and I don't really know anybody who is. Help me write this character as realistically as I can! [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Oct 29, 2010 - 38 answers

When it's Rosh Hashana Time in Dixieland

Help me identify (and find a recording of?) an old Jewish comedy song: "When it's Rosh Hashana time in Dixieland..." thereby blowing my dad's mind in time for High Holidays. [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Aug 6, 2010 - 18 answers

Name me!

I am converting to Judaism and need to pick my Hebrew name. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Nov 25, 2009 - 28 answers

Never retreat?

Should I go to a religious weekend retreat w/my wife and kids even though I am very, very lukewarm towards the the idea of attending a religious weekend retreat? [more inside]
posted by plowhand on Sep 29, 2009 - 31 answers

No more cholent for Shabbes, please

I hate cholent, and most chamin recipes are just slightly-improved versions of cholent. Given that cooking must begin Friday afternoon, and the food has to be under constant heat until until noon-time Saturday, could you recommend any replacements for Shabbes cholent? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 11, 2009 - 10 answers

Jewish bookstores in NYC

How should I handle this? (Father-in-law wants me to take him to Jewish bookstores in NYC without my wife, I have to work, I have never met him, and I know nothing about Judaism.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2009 - 33 answers

What is the best, most flexible way to organize recordings of Jewish liturgy?

How can my synagogue organize a large and developing library of liturgical recordings? I'm interested in (inexpensive or free) specialized software or in suggestions on how to use more commonplace software for this purpose. [more inside]
posted by likedoomsday on Aug 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Holocaust memorabilia for sale?

I found WW2 "yellow stars," Jewish identity papers and other tragic items at a Hungarian flea market. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert on May 19, 2007 - 17 answers

Jewish History Month

Do you know any site where Jewish history and the Torah are actively debated? Something like a forum? [more inside]
posted by markovich on Mar 26, 2007 - 3 answers

Recommendation for a book on Jewish Law?

Calling all Jews! I need a reading list for my girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on Jan 10, 2007 - 13 answers

Rabbi killing a chicken?

What Jewish tradition involves a rabbi killing a chicken? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Jun 20, 2006 - 7 answers

"This is where the party ends..."

JewishHistoryFilter : Can anybody recommend a good book that dissects the common Jewish conspiracy theories and discusses their history? Extra points for readability. [more inside]
posted by afroblanca on Jul 16, 2005 - 21 answers

What percentage of Jews in the US observe the Sabbath every week?

Religionfilter: what percentage of Jews in the US observe the Sabbath every week? (or how many out of the total). Thanks!
posted by amberglow on Jun 14, 2004 - 8 answers

Almond Flour

So, it's Pesach, and time for me and other jews to engage in a culinary tango dictated by what can often seem like an ever shifting sheaf of talmudic law. I've recently started playing around with almond flour - specifically a wonderful lemon pound cake (I use sugar - I'm a natural man!), and was pondering making it this week. But then it occurred to me - is using almond flour in this way - or almond flour at all - kosher for Pesach? And does anyone know of a good one-stop list of the rules and, to my mind more importantly, the reasons behind each?
posted by jearbear on Apr 5, 2004 - 13 answers

Is There a Cultural Meaning Behind Pig Paraphernalia in Jewish Households?

Odd question: In high school, I went to the house of a Jewish friend. The kitchen was completely decked out with pig paraphernalia, which kind of surprised me, given kosher living and whatnot. In the grumble grumble years since then, I've met a couple of other folks that have seen similar motifs in Jewish kitchens. Is there a reason behind this, or is it just random decorating?
posted by Ufez Jones on Feb 2, 2004 - 8 answers

Hannukah Rituals

Can anyone enlighten me as to Hannukah rituals? I've googled about, but only find the technicalities of ceremony. I need to know the things that people take for granted - whether presents get wrapped, if they get increasingly expensive across the days, what sort of things are usual to give and do. Everything.
posted by bonaldi on Dec 19, 2003 - 14 answers

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