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What Home Office? You’re Just a Writer!

By Andrew R. Heinze

The IRS owes me $16.35, but I’m afraid to ask them for it. So I decided to complain instead. To you.Sixteen dollars and 35 cents is what it cost me to purchase, develop and mail one roll of Kodak black-and-white, 35mm film to the IRS office in Oakland, Calif. This expenditure of my money — and time — resulted from that special formRead More


Has Anyone Seen a Wedding Ring?

By Zackary Sholem Berger

In between patients, each room in the hospital has a life of its own: The operating theater is prepped for another run; the delivery room is ready for another baby to come down the pike. Everything’s sterilized and rearranged. While the attendants and residents wolf down their cheeseburgers, a medical student (that’s me) retreatsRead More


Red, Red Wine

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

Every year, just about now, the public is dutifully informed that Passover is around the corner. Advertisements tout the virtues of this or that brand of gefilte fish, while supermarket shelves fill up with boxes of matzo, Pesachdik cookies and foodstuffs from Israel, all of which is destined straight for the Seder table.Wine merchants, too, getRead More


IDF Chief Voices Optimism at New York Gala

By Masha Leon

A satellite question-and-answer session with Israel’s Prime Minister Sharon was a highlight of the March 15 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Gala Dinner, attended by more than 1200 Israeli army supporters from around the country. I had quick chats with Malcolm Hoenlein, Raphael (Rafi) Rothstein, Joshua Matza, Fanya Heller, Sam Bloch, GabrielRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL April 1, 2005

On his 50th yahrzeit, Yosef Rolnick was featured in the Forverts on the pages of Pearls of Yiddish Poetry. He was known in his time (1879-1955) as one of the Di Junge poets. But in one major respect he was different from most of the others who focused on social, economic and political subjects. Rolnick focused on nature andRead More


Deneuve Shines at French Institute’s ‘Star’ Soirée

By Masha Leon

A luminous Catherine Deneuve, star attraction at the March 10 “La Nuit des Étoiles” (“The Night of Stars”) benefit dinner for the French Institute/Alliance Française at Restaurant Daniel, sought sanctuary from the paparazzi by retreating to a banquette, where we chatted briefly about her 1980 film, “The Last Metro.” In it sheRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL March 25, 2005

Dr. Joan Braman is a resident of Riverdale, New York, who has a doctorate in psychology and an interest in English literature and in the Yiddish language. She has translated and adapted many English literary classics into Yiddish. We are delighted by her decision to submit her work to our Yiddish Vinkl.What follows is an example of herRead More


Finding Jewish Life South of the Border

By Wayne Hoffman

There’s more to Jamaica than soft sand and reggae, more to Mexico than ancient pyramids and enchiladas, more to Argentina than great steaks and the tango.Jewish history in the Americas dates back more than 500 years, and because of this, sites of interest for modern-day Jewish travelers dot the region from Sinagoga Kahal Zur Israel — the firstRead More


Funny Ladies

By Marjorie Ingall

So I had an evening out, for the first time since Maxine’s birth. I attended “So Laugh a Little,” an evening of Jewish women’s comedy benefiting the Jewish Women’s Archive (jwa.org), an organization that supports research, fosters chick-power activism, and creates curricula about American Jewish women in history and today. MyRead More


What Is ‘Jewish Food’?

By Matthew Goodman

Matthew Goodman, the Forward’s longtime Food Maven, this month released his first book: ‘Jewish Food: The World at Table’ (HarperCollins). The following is an excerpt from its introduction. There’s an old joke that’s told about a Martian who accidentally crashes his spaceship on the streets of New York. In search of a new set of tiresRead More


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