Mendel Horowitz


Honoring Sorrow and Remembering Franz Kafka on Tisha B'Av

By Mendel Horowitz

Honoring Sorrow and Remembering Franz Kafka on Tisha B'Av
For one essayist, who moved from New York to Tel Aviv, the world may have changed. But the sorrow that accompanies Tisha B’Av seems to remain eternal.Read More


Shavuot Is Tough Sell in Age of 140 Characters

By Mendel Horowitz

Shavuot Is Tough Sell in Age of 140 Characters
Shavuot is a hard sell to young adults hooked on Facebook and Twitter. Telling them to embrace a holiday of ideas is like asking them to hug a thesaurus.Read More


Finding Passover Wisdom In The Work of Rainier Maria Rilke

By Mendel Horowitz

Finding Passover Wisdom In The Work of Rainier Maria Rilke
Passover can be a joyous time, yet for some it comes with a large dose of melancholy. A rabbi finds solace in family and the work of Rainer Maria Rilke.Read More


Brooklyn Nets Back in the 'Hood

By Mendel Horowitz

Brooklyn Nets Back in the 'Hood
More than 55 years after the Jews’ beloved Dodgers left town, Brooklyn has finally landed a bigtime sports franchise in the Nets.Read More






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    • Vered Guttman doesn't usually get nervous about cooking for 20 people, even for Passover. But last night was a bit different. She was cooking for the Obamas at the White House Seder.
    • A grumpy Jewish grandfather is wary of his granddaughter's celebrating Easter with the in-laws. But the Seesaw says it might just make her appreciate Judaism more. What do you think?
    • “Twist and Shout.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “Brown-Eyed Girl.” What do these great songs have in common? A forgotten Jewish songwriter. We tracked him down.
    • What can we learn from tragedies like the rampage in suburban Kansas City? For one thing, we must keep our eyes on the real threats that we as Jews face.
    • When is a legume not necessarily a legume? Philologos has the answer.
    • "Sometime in my childhood, I realized that the Exodus wasn’t as remote or as faceless as I thought it was, because I knew a former slave. His name was Hersh Nemes, and he was my grandfather." Share this moving Passover essay!
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    • "We are not so far removed from the tragedies of the past, and as Jews sit down to the Seder meal, this event is a teachable moment of how the hatred of Jews-as-Other is still alive and well. It is not realistic to be complacent."
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    • What could be wrong with a bunch of guys kicking back with a steak and a couple of beers and talking about the Seder? Try everything. #ManSeder
    • BREAKING: Smirking killer singled out Jews for death in suburban Kansas City rampage. 3 die in bloody rampage at JCC and retirement home.
    • Real exodus? For Mimi Minsky, it's screaming kids and demanding hubby on way down to Miami, not matzo in the desert.
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