Pope Francis greets the crowd after a Holy Mass on the occasion of the Day for Catechists at St Peter's square on September 29, 2013 at the Vatican.(VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

• Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka of the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano spent the past few days living at the Vatican guesthouse, enjoying meals and prayers with his old friend Pope Francis. What did you do this weekend? [Vatican Insider]

• A new study reports that 6.8 million Jews currently live in the United States, with 65 percent living in just six states—New York, California, Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. [JTA]

• Poland’s newest rabbi, Avi Baumal, explains why he took the job. [Jerusalem Post]

• Architect Marc Kushner designs a tabernacle for midtown Manhattan in his contribution to Unscrolled, a new book from the folks at Reboot. [NYMag]

• It’s banned books week, which is as good a time as any to celebrate oft-banned Jewish writers like Judy Blume and Maurice Sendak. Meanwhile, illustrator Scott Campbell has published a beautiful children’s book adaptation of the Bob Dylan song, “If Dogs Run Free.” [Brain Pickings]

• Meet the newest character on Tina Fey’s Saturday Night Live spoof of Girls: Blerta, an Albanian refugee. [Gawker]