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The Untold Bar Mitzvah Story of a Brooklyn Dodger

Former Brooklyn Dodger pitching star Ralph Branca passed away early in the morning on Nov. 23 at the age of 90. Most famous for giving up a 1951 pennant-winning home run to Bobby Thomson of the Dodgers’ cross-town rivals the New York Giants—known forever in baseball as the “Shot Heard Round the World”—Branca played 12 seasons in the majors and was known throughout his life as a first-class mensch.

#OpenShabbat: Pulling the Plug at SXSW

The first time that Rabbi Mordechai Lightstone and his wife, Chana, attended the South by Southwest (better known as SXSW) music, film and interactive festival in Austin, Texas, attendees approached them and said: “We have a rabbi and his family here; we should do something Jewish,” recalls Chana Lightstone.