NY Times links of the day.

“When I taste the challahs that these women give me, I can feel their hands in the dough.” – Hanukkah food in an extremely insular Hungarian-American community. For some reason that line in particular, spoken by a rabbi in a community where women have no hands to do anything but cook and raise children, chilled me more than any other.

“A lot of people are freaked out because their only exposure to evangelicalism was a bad one, and a lot ask, ‘Why would you want to be part of a group that doesn’t like you very much?’ ” Mr. Lee said. “But it’s not about membership in groups. It’s about what I believe. Just because some people who believe the same things I do aren’t very loving doesn’t mean I stop believing what I do.” – How different evangelicals deal with being gay or lesbian.

“The finding is a striking example of a cultural practice — the raising of dairy cattle — feeding back into the human genome. It also seems to be one of the first instances of convergent human evolution to be documented at the genetic level.” – The evolution of African lactose tolerance.

And, just for fun, have an adorably addictive flash-based winter game!

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