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Our archives are filled with interesting stories you might have missed. Scratch that. We're sure you read us cover to cover, so it's not that you missed these gems. It's that you can't help reading them again. That's it.

Alright, go ahead. We won't stop you. Feel free to read all you want. And if you'd rather pick up the hard copy you might have missplaced, feel free to contact for information about back issues.

* Please note that issues prior to 2005 are not archived online.
The Features:
  • Six Who Matter: As we do every year, we've discovered six ordinary Jews doing extraordinary things, and we've brought them to you in the hope that it might inspire you as much as it has inspired us.
    + The Super Jew: She leaps tall buildings in a single bound. She volunteers, she leads trips to Isreal and Auschwitz, and she donates her bone marrow to complete strangers.
    + The Life Saver: He invented the internal defibrillator to save your heart. Now he invented the Jewish rehab facility to save your soul.
    + The Activist Filmmaker: Her documentary films have tackled such topics as healthcare and the environment. Meet the Jewish, female version of muckracker Michael Moore.
    + The Rescue Clown: When natural disasters strike, most people are content sending money. Not this 35-year-old. He mobilizes a posse of clowns and heads to the tragedy.
    + The Party Girl: Big bashes and gala events have all the markings of a gluttonous culture. But with the help of this New York native, parties can be both gaudy and green.
    + The Multi-Hyphenate: He's a rabbi, a lawyer, an actor, a producer, and was once even a dancer on MTV. Now he's using all those skills to help Jewish youth.

  • The Day the Holocaust Died: The Holocaust no longer matters to Bradford R. Pilcher, and he's a little upset about that. But before you jump to any conclusions, allow him to explain how he came to this disastrous conclusion.

  • Bible Man: A.J. Jacobs likes to immerse himself in his writing, so for his latest book he spent a year living as closely as possible to ancient Biblical law. It drove his wife mad, but we got a great book out of the deal.

  • Kibbitz:
  • TIDBITS | Jew S. of A.: This PBS documentary explores the history of the Jewish community in America.

  • TIDBITS | The 30 Second Sermon: Rabbi Ezra Cohen tackles Chanukah in his latest hyper-quick sermon.

  • THE JEWISH PAPARAZZI | Retired, or the Wizard of Oz?: Richard Dreyfuss is supposed to be retired. So what is he doing starring in the SciFi miniseries Tin Man?

  • THE JEWISH PAPARAZZI | The Busiest Jewish Actor of the Month: Ben Shenkman is keeping his plate pretty full with Fox's new legal drama, and a slew of indie films, including Helen Hunt's directorial debut.

  • ANSWER MAVEN | The Chanukah Edition: What should a boss get an employee for the holiday? How to survive the pre-Chanukah nightmare called Thanksgiving, and how to lose 10 pounds when you're done.

  • THE HERETIC OF THE MONTH | The Witch of Endor: In case you were wondering if we'd highlighted a Star Wars character, worry not. This is a genuine, Biblical witch we're telling you all about.

  • CULINARY CORNER | Green Cuisine: Lilit Marcus finally took the plunge, sort of. She pulled up a chair with her friends and tried out eco-kashrut. At least that's what she tried to do.

  • MUSICAL NOTES | Ari Gold & Company: This Ari Gold isn't a star character on Entourage, but he's no less cool with his R&B chops. Plus Dan Kaufman, New Found Glory, Rooftop Roots, and a bevy of CD reviews.

  • THE BOOKSHELF | Sex, Lies and Shoplifting: Shalom Auslander's twisted new memoir tells the tale of a God-fearing yeshiva boy with a vendetta against the Almighty.

  • THE BOOKSHELF | Totally Random Book Excerpt: One paragraph from "The Blue Team," a short story by Joshua Braff from the new collection: How To Spell Chanukah. And yes, he's related to Zach.

  • THE ESSAYIST | My Life Among the Undead: Matthew Leader took a gig as a zombie for a movie involving strippers. What's a nice Jewish boy to do? Figure out how to drool, that's what.

  • 613 WORDS | The Courage of Surrender: The Gonzo Rabbi returns to AJL with a specific number of carefully selected words on the subject of giving in to the vagaries of life.

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