Arts & Culture


Religion in the New World

in an intensive manner that was unknown to their parents earlier in the century.The Havurah movement of the 1960s and 1970s was a positive response to these developments, and the appearance of what is today called “Jewish renewal” owes its origins to those years. The Reconstructionist movement opened the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College inRead More


Settling in Transjordan

By Peretz Rodman

Imagine yourself as the director of a play or film with Numbers 32 as your script. What instructions do you give to the actors playing the men of the tribes of Reuven and Gad as they rehearse the scene in which they inform Moses of their desire to settle in Transjordan, short of the final journey into the Promised Land? For these and other stageRead More


When a Long-Legged Jewish Girl Shamed Hitler

By David Davis

In 1931, when Germany was awarded the 1936 Olympics, Adolf Hitler hadn’t yet come to power. Two years later, after he became chancellor, he embraced the Olympic Games as an opportunity to show off his Aryan nation to the world.He faced one serious obstacle: himself. If word got out about Hitler’s discriminatory laws and policies, the rest ofRead More


Tales of the Masters

By Jay Michaelson

God in All Moments: Mystical & Practical Spiritual Wisdom From Hasidic Masters Edited & Translated by Or Rose With Ebn D. Leader

Jewish Lights, 163 pages, $16.95.

Hasidic Tales: Annotated and Explained Translation and Annotation B y Rabbi Rami Shapiro SkyLight Paths, 193 pages, $16.95. —-If you’ve seen “The Chosen,”Read More


#2!

By Marjorie Ingall

So Josie’s getting a sister in October.We’re thrilled, if still a bit discombobulated. Suffice it to say that, compared to the laborious overland journey required to make Josie (you remember we called it the Bataan Sex March), this pregnancy happened, um, instantly. Back in January, on the way back from the corner bodega, a thoughtRead More


They Might Be Giants

By Jon Kalish

In Our Hearts We Were Giants By Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev Carroll & Graf, 305 pages, $25. —-Imagine the terror of a having a vicious German Shepherd bark at you on the train platform at Auschwitz. Now imagine that the dog is barking at you as your tiny body is lifted from a cattle car — and when you land on your feet, the dogRead More


Five ‘Fruity Jews’ Get Out the Vote

By Anya Kamenetz

It is a beautiful summer Friday in Seattle’s University District, and Frances Kreimer, 21, is wrapped in a tallit, praying the morning service outside an international students’ dorm. Inside, challah is rising in the kitchen, and Kreimer’s four roommates are making preparations for the Sabbath. The five East Coast college students haveRead More


Sealed Mit a Kiss: Yiddish Love Poems

By Alyssa Quint

Simkhe: epistolarishe libe-lider (Celebration: Love-letter Poems) By Troim Katz Handler, translated by Shimon Beyles International Association of Yiddish Clubs, 73 pages, $18. * * *No one who has drunk from the cup of Sappho, much less from the bounty of today’s literary erotica, will blush over “Simkhe: epistolarishe libe-lider,”Read More


First Fruit

By Daniel M. Jaffe

‘Heartburn — raisins I don’t eat. Take mine.” Jed offers his packet of raisins to the young man in the window seat beside him.“Thanks,” Ron says, “I’m not really hungry.”“Who knows when we’ll get lunch? It’s a long flight. I’m Jed, by the way.”“No, thanks, maybe later.” The two men shake hands. “Name’sRead More


Strange Bedfellows of Art and Politics

By P. G. Kain

“I have never hated the individual Jew — yourself I have cherished as a friend, but you will know that I speak in all honesty when I say that I have loved you, not because of your race but in spite of it.” — Martin Schulse in a letter to his friend and business partner, Max Eisenstein, in the play “Address Unknown.” WhenRead More


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