Uzi Silber


Jews and the Booze

By Uzi Silber

Jews and the Booze
With the passage of the twin alcohol-friendly celebrations of Simchat Torah and the lesser known, but more suggestive, Festival of the Water Bearing, my thoughts turn to the seemingly contradictory relationship between Jews and booze.Read More


The Jewish Future, in Black and White

By Uzi Silber

I’ve seen the future, and it’s black and white. It was a sunny Sunday morning in our Lower East Side community playground, animated by a frenetic blur of whooping kids, my own included.Read More


Very Superstitious

By Uzi Silber

Very Superstitious
Stevie Wonder advises that “superstition ain’t the way,” but few heed his words.Read More


Finding the Scapegoat

By Uzi Silber

’Tis the season when Jews engage in penitence, fasting and charity in order to strengthen their respective cases as they plead before the heavenly judge. Attempting to help us in this regard, charities of all flavors jam our mailboxes with urgent, heart-rending snail mail, while synagogues issue friendly reminders to reserve our High Holy Day seats.Read More


Kohane Rocks Exotic and Hot

By Uzi Silber

Kohane Rocks Exotic and Hot
The jacket cover of “New Midlife Crisis,” the debut CD by Kohane of Newark, scheduled for release in October, features an image of a larger-than-life bird’s eye view of a rumpled and stained velvet skullcap, doubtless donned at some Jewish function that took place around the time that Fonzie and Vinnie Barbarino dominated the boob tube.Read More






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