Special report in The Economist: Judaism and the Jews

A quick look at a “special report” on Jews and Judaism in the Economist.

Shabbos links

A rap video. Black Jews. Oprah Winfrey’s “ignorant show”. Psy-ops. Kosher food in Moscow. Asian-Americans. A yuppy monastery. Ex-gays give up the ghost.

Actually Learn a Language for Free

Duolingo is really, really cool.

Everyday Religion and a 1,000-Year-Old Book

The New York Times Magazine published an article on the Aleppo Codex, a 1,000 year old copy of the Hebrew Bible. What’s the mystery of its missing section? How would you describe the ancient relationship between the book and its community?

Shabbos links

Hasidic feuds and local politics. What to do when you’ve been accused of witchcraft. Fun physics. What we can learn about the Fourth Amendment from Jay-Z. “Every Idea in History”. The ASA and Zombies.

Books that Can’t Wait and Books that are Worth Returning to.

What’s the point of a book that disappears after two months? What’s the point of reading and rereading?

Evaluations of Turkish Democracy

Is Turkey’s democracy moving forward? As the moderate Islamist AKP nears a full decade in power in secular Turkey, what can really be said about them?

Zombies, the Middle Passage, and the future of Detroit

What is hot in both revisionist victorian fiction and international relations? What does one man think can help economically blighted neighborhoods in America’s urban core? What survived the traumas of slavery? Zombies… and they’re real.

Shabbos links

Zoroastrians coming home to roost. “Tours that bind”. How you understand G-d affects how you understand the economy.

Scientological Separations: a Divorce and a potential Schism

While the world thinks the biggest scandal in Scientology is Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s divorce (which looks like it will quickly and discretely resolved), there are far more scandalous currents of Scientology that are getting little interest…