Arts & Culture


Among the Tweeds and the Herringbones

19-34 category

Winner: Paul Fischer

Age: 32 As if I didn’t yet possess the language for silent prayer, I was dismissed from the temple sanctuary during the Amidah as a child. Perhaps it was an attempt to shield me from the vulnerable site of parents wrapped solely in prayers, muttering secret words meant to be heard by no one, andRead More


Radio Days: A Life Heard

35 and up category

Winner: Seymour Zimilover

Age: 81 –In the days before television, radio was the major source of entertainment for most people. It was even more important than the movies in that going to the movies was a once or twice-a-week affair, but radio was a seven-day activity. Among the major stations broadcasting in those daysRead More


Trouble at Christmastime

15-18 category

Winner: Mira Scarvalone

Age: 15 I come from an interesting family. My father was raised a Christian and my mother, as an adult, converted to Judaism. I have only one Jewish grandparent. So technically, I am only a quarter Jewish. But I was never faced with the choice of being a Christian, or possibly both Jewish andRead More


The Winners; A ‘Naturalized’ New Yorker

10-14 category

Winner: Mattie Kahn

Age: 12 I am walking down the street when I see a woman reaching up to check that the scarf on her head is in place as she pushes her baby. In an instant I identify the head covering worn by some religious women upon their marriage. To those who are not as adept in decoding Jewish culture as I am,Read More


The Day After Yom Kippur

By Peretz Rodman

Just last week, we were reading about an outrageous sin, the fashioning of a golden calf by Aaron the Priest, Moses’ brother. He did this at the behest of the nervous Israelites, whose anxiety was pushed beyond their tolerance limit by Moses’ long stay on Mount Sinai. The story of that manic insistence upon a molten image of the divine hadRead More


Beyond Research: Ansky’s Chronicle of Tenderness

By Alyssa Quint

The Enemy at His Pleasure: A Journey Through the Jewish Pale of Settlement During World War I By S. AnskyEdited and Translated By Joachim Neugroschel Metropolitan Books, 352 pages, $30. * * *On January 1, 1915, an article was published in a Warsaw-based Yiddish newspaper that appealed to its readers to record their experiences: WeRead More


Where Is It Written?

By Philologos

The attractively smiling woman in the black-and-white photograph sits curled on a sofa, looking younger than she tells us she is. She says: “Where is it written that because my hair is gray and I have grandkids, I have to retire? Well, I don’t think so! Oh, sure, I’ll retire someday, I just don’t know when. What I do know is that I need toRead More


You’ve Really Done It This Time

By Jeffrey Fiskin

Two men, one old, the other older, walk along the edge of an encampment at the foot of a great mountain. They can hear the keening of thousands, a collective wail of deep sorrow, of eternal repentance.Aaron: Well, you’ve really done it this time. What were you thinking?Moses: Don’t even try to make this look like my fault.Aaron: Not the GoldenRead More


Kibbitzing Characters

By Erica Brody

‘Sphinx, how marvelous of you to know exactly the right hat to wear at 7 o’clock in the morning to meet a friend who has been away!” Oscar Wilde professed to ally Ada Leverson — using his familiar endearment — following his 1897 release from Reading Gaol. Two years’ hard labor served for the crime of sodomy had extinguished neitherRead More


True Love by Jonathan Wilson A Short Story From the collection “An Ambulance Is on the Way: Stories of Men in Trouble”

Each month, in coordination with our reading series in New York, the Forward publishes an excerpt from the work of that month’s series guest or guests. This month, we will feature readings by Jonathan Wilson and Yael Goldstein (for full details, please see sidebar), and the excerpt we have chosen to highlight is from Wilson’s new bookRead More





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