Arts & Culture


FALL BOOKS

By Lev Raphael

Shanda: The Making and Breaking of a Self-Loathing Jew By Neal Karlen Touchstone, 224 pages, $23. ———Self-hatred can be fun — for other people, that is.That’s what Neal Karlen learned in college. He could use his profound Jewish self-loathing as a way of attracting mass quantities of shiksas at parties. WhileRead More


FALL BOOKS

By Esther Schor

Kafka By Nicholas Murray Yale University Press, 440 pages, $30. ——–Kafka may have died childless, but Kafka’s biography is a series of begats, with each generation turning on its elders. In the beginning was Max Brod’s Judaic saint, a rapt visionary; the visionary Kafka begat the ironical Kafka of the absurdists and existentialists;Read More


An Older Mother

By Sandra Steuer Cohen

In this week’s portion, we read of Sarah, who, it is said, gave birth to her first child, Isaac, at age 90. I have often thought of Sarah, who waited endlessly for this miracle of childbirth, during my own childless years — and even more so after I finally did give birth later in life. My fourth and last child was born to me at age 48, afterRead More


Wealth and Strife: Can Rich Relatives Live Together?

By Peretz Rodman

Lot and Abram, nephew and uncle, had migrated together from Mesopotamia to Canaan, and from Canaan down to Egypt. Now they returned together from Egypt to Canaan. Here, after traveling a long and arduous path, side by side, they reached a parting of the ways.Both men, the Torah tells us, had attained wealth. “Abram was heavily laden with cattle,Read More


Second-line Living

By Jason Berry

New Orleans serenaded L. J. Goldstein.The brass band funerals and street parades, called second lines, that wind through the town of Treme, outside the French Quarter, were far from his comfortable Manhattan, N.Y., upbringing, but close to his heart.“I used to dream of moving to New Orleans,” Goldstein said. “I was drawn to theRead More


New Books Blend Kabbalah, Psychotherapy and Self-Help

By Jay Michaelson

The Secret Life of God: Discovering the Divine Within You Rabbi David Aaron Shambhala, 192 pages, $21.95.


Sacred Therapy: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing And Inner Wholeness

Estelle Frankel Shambhala, 332 pages., $24.95. * * *As everyone seems to know by now, Kabbalah has broken into the mainstream. ThanksRead More


Blond Ambition: A Yiddish Diva Serenades Fans

By Masha Leon

The American Friends of the Hebrew University dinner September 28 at the St. Regis honoring Daniel Schultz, managing director and co-founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures, was launched by glorious renditions of our National Anthem and HaTikvah, sung by Tizmoret, Queens College Hillel’s a cappella choir.Harvey Krueger, philanthropistRead More


In New Trend, Adult Emigrés Seek Ritual Circumcision

By Susan Kreimer

Two years before emigrating from Ekaterinburg, Russia, in 1997, Leonid Marder and his wife, Tamara, began observing the Sabbath. After arriving in America, the retired couple gradually became more devout. But for some time, something didn’t feel quite right.Like many Russian émigrés who adopted Orthodox practices in America, Marder had to takeRead More


Make Room for Baby

By Marjorie Ingall

We New Yorkers are givers. By choosing to live in apartments the size of veal pens, and paying so much in monthly rent or mortgage that we could afford an entire herd of veal, we give people who live elsewhere something to feel superior about. You’re welcome.Josie and her possibly-born-by-the-time-you-read-this sister will be sharing a room. IRead More


The Return

By Boris Fishman

This is the second in a three-part series on the challenges faced in the United States by immigrants from the former Soviet Union. A year ago, Max Berlin was planning on becoming a journalist after graduating from Hunter College in New York City. A thoughtful young man who had emigrated from Odessa, Ukraine,Read More


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