Eric Herschthal


Restaurateur: Logo a No-go

By Eric Herschthal

In a corner of Manhattan’s East Village there sits an unassuming little Chinese dumpling restaurant that has had a short but lively two-year existence.Read More


Leftist Rocker Sings His Country’s Praises

By Eric Herschthal

In New York to kick off a tour of the United States, Israeli rocker Aviv Geffen visited Columbia University last Tuesday, but not with guitar in hand. Geffen is on the road singing Israel’s praises, not his latest hits.Read More


D'oh, It's a Golem

By Eric Herschthal

This year “The Simpsons” is incorporating the golem story into the program’s traditional Halloween trilogy — with the inimitable Fran Drescher providing the voice of the ghoulish monster of Yiddish lore.Read More


FDR Kin in an Unlikely Spot: A Rabbi’s Pulpit

By Eric Herschthal

It isn’t often that a community can say that its rabbi’s American past goes back further than the country’s first synagogue. Or that its rabbi had ancestors who landed in New Amsterdam in the 1640s. Or, for that matter, that its rabbi’s great-grandfather was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States.Read More


GOP’s Fla. Recount Diva Gives Dems Ammunition

By Eric Herschthal

Democrats are hoping to swing several tightly contested congressional races by seizing on controversial comments made by Rep. Katherine Harris, best known for her role during the 2000 recount in Florida.Read More






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