What's Nu?*

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September 30, 2022 I've had a page about the patriarchs, the forefathers of Judaism, almost since the beginning of this website. I'm long overdue for a page about the Matriarchs, the female physical and spiritual ancestors of Judaism, who played an important role in the founding of Judaism that is recognized even in the most traditional sources.
April 3, 2022 This site contains a wide variety of traditional recipes scattered on many different pages that can sometimes be hard to find. I've also been posting on a blog a lot of vegetarian recipes for Passover, a hard time to maintain a healthy vegetarian diet when both beans and grains are restricted! To make it easier to find these many recipes, I have created a recipe finder, a page that lists all of the recipes I have posted with a short description and links to the recipes. It also includes some filters to help you find the kind of recipe you want.
April 1, 2022 Yes, I do pay attention to the unsuccessful searches on my website now and then. And I noticed recently a number of people unsuccessfully searching for adultery, which somehow I managed to miss on the page about sex! That oversight has been corrected.
December 28, 2021 I have resisted writing about the Holocaust for decades, on the theory that this site is about who we are and what we do, not about what was done to us. But recent events have made want to put something out there. Rather than tell the same facts that are adequately covered all over the Internet, I decided to tell some personal stories from my extended family. See Holocaust: A Personal View.
October 21, 2020 All of the pages are now in the new mobile-friendly format, though I am working on tweaking it for the best experience.

The last piece left to enter the mobile world is the text of the Prayers and Blessings. I minimally updated it, but I am working on improving it by shortening each line of Hebrew text to be narrow enough to fit on a mobile screen. On larger screens, the Hebrew and English will appear side-by-side. I am finding that this shorter text makes it easier to see what the individual words and phrases mean, if you are interested in learning or understanding the Hebrew. I am also adding more information to the explanations to those pages.
August 23, 2020 Yes, this is the same site that has been answering Frequently Asked Questions about Jews and Judaism in plain English for almost for 25 years. The information is the same, but I finally decided to join the 21st century, updating to a more mobile-friendly look and feel. I have already updated more than 30 pages, including all of the fall holiday pages like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. I aim to have the whole site updated before Rosh Hashanah. I hope you like the new look and feel!

*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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