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Enlivening Passover, One Deck of Cards at a Time

Using new tools to stimulate observance, The Kitchen offers Bay Area Jews an alternative form of community

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As the Google Bus Sparks Class War in San Francisco, Tel Aviv Has a Plan: Vacate and Build

Residents in gentrifying areas will get units in luxury buildings. Activists say that won’t stop the cost of living from pushing them out.

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My Favorite Anti-Semite: Frank Norris and the Most Horrifying Jew in American Literature

The progressive-era novelist’s greedy, red-haired, Polish Jew, Zerkow, is the 20th century’s greatest golem

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At Home With a Jewish Psychic

Video: Astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo’s home reflects her mixed heritage—and wide-ranging spirituality

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‘Speed’ Levitch, Neo-Hasid

Is the free-associating tour guide and hipster icon, star of a Hulu original series, the hidden saint of our times?

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Sundown: Obama To Submit Gun Control Plan

Plus Jews lament their age

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The Reverse March for Harvey Milk

Citizens gather in San Francisco to remember Harvey Milk, George Moscone

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Carlebach’s Broken Mirror

Shlomo Carlebach, who died 18 years ago this week, was a reflection of the pain of post-Holocaust Jewry

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Pamela Geller’s New Ad Is Actually Anti-Israel

New pro-Israel ad on San Francisco buses sends wrong message

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Offensive

Feminist rock collective Permanent Wave gathers a powerful music scene around a core of activism. Just don’t call them riot grrrls.

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Shalom Auslander Event Wednesday

Tablet co-sponsoring book reading at San Francisco JCC

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Hot Stuff

A brief guide to knishes in the United States

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Daybreak: For P.A., Less Money, More Problems

Plus, circumcision initiative may be removed from S.F. ballot, and more in the news

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Circumcision Initiative Moves Closer to Ballot

San Francisco measure would ban the practice, though it may be unconstitutional

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Foreplay

A proposed San Francisco ballot measure prohibiting circumcision arises from a debate over ritual, sexuality, and identity. What’s become an American norm might soon again be a mark of difference.

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On the Bookshelf

Assimilation and anxiety, from Paris to the Pampas

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Sundown: A Rabbi, a Minister, and a Sheik Walk into an Article

Plus Google shrugs, resolution on the court, and more

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Sundown: Digging for Trouble

Gray areas, the Golden Gate, and parodic justice

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Sundown: Fourth of Jewly?

Holy fireworks, non-revelations about God, and Eruv 2.0

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Behind the Music

Reconsidering Bill Graham, the war refugee turned Summer of Love impresario who forever changed concertgoing