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Prime Ribs: Zumba to 'Hava Nagila'; Facebook as Lifesaver

By Elissa Strauss

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On Slate, Deborah Copaken Kogan tells a moving Jewish mother story for the digital age, about how sharing her son’s strange symptoms on Facebook saved his life.


Among those in favor of beatifying WWII-era Pope Pius XII is a nun now making the case that the pontiff ordered her convent to shelter 114 Jewish women from the Nazis, the AP reports.


Deborah Hirsch writes for JTA about how the increasingly popular “Zumba” exercise classes have spawned de-facto Sisterhood groups. Some instructors even incorporate “Hava Nagila” into their routines, Hirsch writes.

Art critic Jed Pearl ponders the question of what it meant to be a female painter during the 20th century, in his recent review of new biographies on Lee Krasner and Joan Michell. (See the Forward’s review of the Krasner biography here.)


Haaretz talks to feminist and Israeli Prize laureate Prof. Alice Shalvi, who argues that there will never be true gender equality in Israel so long as the army and the Orthodox continue to be such a central part of national life.


Jewish “Freedom Riders” are challenging Jerusalem’s segregated bus lines in Jerusalem, the Religious News Service reports.


Jewish polygamists? The Jerusalem Post reports reports that a new Jewish group views polygamous relationships as the solution to “problems,” such as the surfeit of single women, the temptation of extramarital relations and Jewish–Arab demographic trends.


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