14 April 2016 - 6 Nisan 5776 - ו' ניסן ה' אלפים תשע"ו
Ima Tells A Joke E-mail

Ima means mother in Hebrew. However, it’s according to Chinese tradition that I call my mother-in-law Ima.  The first time I met Ima, I addressed her as Mrs. Bussel, sounding like a complete stranger.  Ima corrected me amiably. “Call me Rachel,” she said.

Americans, as well as Israelis, address each other by first name, regardless of one’s age or position.  

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The Matisyahu Phenomenon E-mail

When a Jewish rapper who performs in full Hasidic garb becomes the talk of the New York Jewish music scene, that’s one thing.

But Matisyahu – aka Matthew Miller – is hot, so hot he’s on magazine covers, in newspaper Lifestyle sections, in Wikipedia and even on the BBC Worldservice. His single King Without a Crown has broken into the Modern Rock Top 10; an accompanying video and new album - Youth - were released in March, and less than two weeks later the album was Billboard magazine’s “#1 Digital Album.” By early April Youth was #16 on iTunes' top albums.

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