What 's Nu?*

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September 25, 2017 It's a new year (5778), and the site has a bit of a new look. So far, I have only some of the pages updated (the ones in the Times section, which has the holidays that are so popular at this time of year, and a few others), but the rest of the pages will be updated very soon.

You will find that the title bar and menus stay at the top of the page and the section headings stay on the left side of the page while you scroll through the page, for greater convenience. In the process, I am finally upgrading the site to proper HTML5 and cleaning up the code and style sheets to give the site a consistent look-and-feel. I am checking all of the external links in the site to make sure the page they point to is the same as what it was when I added the link (one of them became a link to a virus! It has been removed.) I am also validating all of the code thanks to CSE HTML Validator, so everything should work properly for everybody.
April 25, 2017 In honor of National DNA Day, I wrote a blog post about the challenges of DNA testing for Jewish genealogy, and incorporated a brief overview of the problem on the Jewish Genealogy page, under the heading DNA Testing and the Ashkenazi Problem. There were also a few other minor updates on that page.
October 2, 2016 I've finally added a long-overdue page on Trop (Cantillation): Chanting Hebrew Scripture! This page doesn't teach you how to chant it, but it explains what it's all about and has links to places where you can learn it.
November 1, 2015 I've finished updating the entire site to the new format.

While going through it, I updated some of the links, and made some minor updates to the Genealogy page.
September 20, 2015 I've added some new links to some excellent prayer audio on the Chanukkah Blessings page and the discussion of Birkat Ha-Mazon. The links I originally had stopped working a few years ago, and this audio from SiddurAudio.com is much more appropriate anyway.

I have also updated the format on all the pages in the Times section.
September 13, 2015 I've started to make some changes to the format of the pages, making the text narrower so it's easier to read on the wider monitors that are now commonplace. So far, I have only gotten the Words and Deeds sections, but the rest will be coming soon!

While I was updating those pages, I also cleaned up some of the outdated links on them, particularly on the Yiddish page.
March 1, 2015 Just in time for Purim, I have posted an improved hamentaschen recipe. I've been tinkering with my recipe for several years, and have finally locked down the changes, creating something that tastes just as good but is easier to measure, easier to roll, and less prone to pop open while cooking.

I have also updated the discussion of Passover food to reflect the increased acceptance of quinoa as a kosher-for-Passover food option.

Finally, I updated all of the lists of dates on all of the holiday pages, and have cleaned up all outdated links on all pages.
August 1, 2012 I updated the Tisha B'Av page to address the notion that Tisha B'Av is connected to Kristallnacht or 9/11, and also to add the Edict of Expulsion as one of the post-biblical tragedies that occurred on Tisha B'Av.
October 6, 2011 I just corrected a glitch that caused some very common, basic searches to get no results if you used the drop-down hints. Oops! Sorry about that; I only recently noticed this problem.
August 23, 2011 I've updated the genealogy page to reflect the recent change of Footnote.com, a general American genealogy site, into Fold3.com, an American military genealogy site. I was very fond of the old version, which I subscribed to for several years, but I'm not sure how useful this new focus will be to Jewish genealogists.

*For those who don't get the pun: "nu" is a Yiddish word equivalent to English words like "so?" or "well?," and can be used all by itself to mean "What's new?"

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