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Neal Schindler

Neal Schindler
A native of Detroit, Neal Schindler has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 14 years. He has held staff positions at Seattle Weekly and The Seattle Times and was a freelance writer for Jew-ish.com from 2007 to 2011. Schindler was raised in a Reconstructionist Jewish congregation and is now a member of Spokane's Reform congregation, Emanu-El. He is the director of Spokane Area Jewish Family Services and also works as a copy editor at the Spokesman-Review. His interests include movies, Scrabble, and indie rock. He lives with his wife, baby son, and two cats in West Central Spokane.

The morality of horror

The late film critic Roger Ebert is one of my personal heroes. I didn’t always agree with his star ratings, but I appreciated his thought process, his unapologetic nostalgia and sentimentality, and his willingness to bring morality into his reviews — something I rarely see outside of faith-based movie criticism.

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Ask a Jew: Can Jews have tattoos?

As far as whether Jews in general are supposed to have tattoos… well, as with most questions I answer, there doesn’t seem to be a foundational policy that all Jews are expected to follow.

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