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Walking the Talk

Sunday evening, purple nightclub lighting escapes the doorway of a former garage on Waverly St. Black-clad event staff scan tickets. The house is packed. Maestra Rachael Worby announces the theme for the evening: shoes. As in, walking a mile in someone else’s. She introduces the first singer, who belts out the opening notes to “Footloose” and the full band—replete with ... Read More »


When the Jewish Federation decided to stage a 24-hour reading of the names of Holocaust victims last January at Pasadena’s City Hall, neither the organizers or participants knew what to expect. Although the UN declared January 26, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, an international day of remembrance for the Holocaust back in 2005, most of the Jewish community ... Read More »


Sasha Sagan is a television producer and writer whose articles have appeared in national publications. She is also the daughter of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyen. “For Small Creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World” is her first book. How did this book start? Were your 2013-14 articles for O Magazine and The Cut, with ... Read More »

Unleavened on purpose

The origins of matzah may be a lot older than you think. Religiously, of course, matzah begins as last-minute preparation for our ancestors’ escape from Egypt, but unleavened flatbreads go back much further. Recent lab analyses of clay potsherds from a tel in Jordan revealed ancient breadcrumbs—specifically unleavened ones –from well over 10,000 years ago, before the first known cultivation ... Read More »

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