12 Days of Hodgepodge

Let’s just call this a random hodgepodge. A bunch of stuff came across my desk (or over the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Series_of_tubes]series of tubes[/url] that make up the internet) this week that were too interesting not to share:

Step aside Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mevinsky, here comes [url=http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=199510]Lauren Bush and David Lauren[/url]! Yup, the grandaughter of former President George H. W. Bush, and niece of former President George W. Bush, is marrying David Lauren, son of the famous Jewish fashion designer Ralph Lauren. The Jewish press has run plenty of headlines proclaiming that she’ll become “Lauren Lauren” but, really, let’s hope she keeps her birth-name.

Remember that General Assembly that Ed’s mentioned a few times? Well, our friends at Keshet were there too. And they made a great video while they were there:

After seeing one of [url=http://twitter.com/interfaithfam:2f6e3nw0]our tweets[/url], [url=http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2010/12/the-forest-beyond-the-trees.html]Rachel Barenblat wrote a blog post[/url] expanding on her reply to our tweet, “Having a Christmas tree doesn’t make you “less Jewish” – or does it?” And it isn’t just about conifers. And in response to that blog post, [url=http://miriyab.blogspot.com/2010/12/more-thoughts-sparked-by-recent.html]MiriyaB posted her thoughts as well[/url].

The Public Religion Research Institute released a survey today that showed that [url=http://www.pitchengine.com/survey-americans-divided-over-appropriate-holiday-greetings–blend-religious-and-cultural-holiday-practices/110478]Americans are divided over what greetings businesses should use during the December holidays.[/url] This time of year, do you prefer a generic “happy holidays” or “merry Christmas”?

A [url=/holidays/shabbat_and_other_holidays/Baxter_the_Pig_Who_Wanted_to_Be_Kosher/]contributor to our website[/url] blogged about a teachable moment: [url=http://www.elanaroth.com/blog/2010/12/15/god-in-the-hallways.html]teaching children about God[/url]. How do you teach your children about God?

The [i]San Francisco Chronicle[/i] offered up a [url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/15/NSFV1GNTT4.DTL]list of 11 musicians who “found religion.”[/url] I enjoyed the photo of rapper [s]Shyne[/s] Moses Levi in his [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breslov_(Hasidic_dynasty)]Breslover[/url] garb.

If you’re visiting a church this Christmas for the first time, the Old First Reformed UCC church of Philadelphia [url=http://oldfirstucc.org/visit-us/what-to-expect/ ]has some helpful hints[/url].

And our friends at [url=http://jewishboston.com]JewishBoston.com[/url] suggested that this is the “most” Jewish of Christmas songs:

Bonus: Have you ever wondered, “[url=http://jewornotjew.com]Jew, or Not?[/url]” Given how many of you read our interfaith celebrities column, I’m guessing you have. You’re welcome.

Benjamin Maron

Benjamin Maron is the former Director of Content and Editorial Resources for 18Doors.


Author: Benjamin Maron