Gerald Eskenazi


Will This Be the Most Kosher Super Bowl?

By Gerald Eskenazi

Will This Be the Most Kosher Super Bowl?
At this year’s Super Bowl, there will be more than just kosher franks, knishes and pretzels. ‘We will be the most kosher stadium in the country.’Read More


Debunking Myth of the Unathletic Jew

By Gerald Eskenazi

Debunking Myth of the Unathletic Jew
We are endlessly fascinated by stories of Jews who play sports and play them well. An under-the-radar publication suggests there are more of them than you might think.Read More


Sixty Summers Ago, Dodgers Dream Died for a Jewish Boy

By Gerald Eskenazi

Sixty Summers Ago, Dodgers Dream Died for a Jewish Boy
The Brooklyn Dodgers and Cal Abrams had the pennant locked up along with the loyalty of millions of Jews. In a flash, they blew their lead and turned a kid’s world upside down.Read More


Shabbat on the Queen Mary 2

By Gerald Eskenazi

Shabbat on the Queen Mary 2
It certainly wasn’t your average Friday night Sabbath.Read More


Baby-Sitting Means a Trans-Atlantic Flight

By Gerald Eskenazi

Baby-Sitting Means a Trans-Atlantic Flight
It used to be so simple: On Sunday mornings I’d go upstairs to my grandma’s part of the house, snuggle in bed with her and sing “You Are My Sunshine.” How she kvelled.Read More






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  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
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  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
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  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
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