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Israeli Designer Goes Her Own Way

By Renatt Brodsky

Roni Rabl has a name for women who have a difficult time finding clothes that fit: She calls them “the forgotten.”And so after 20 years as a designer, she decided it was time to help remember them.Last summer, Rabl and her daughter, Yael Edelist, opened Rootchi, an elegant store specializing in so-called “missy” sizes (8-22),Read More


A Robot Speaks, and Online Fans Express Joy

By Steven I. Weiss

Christmas Eve comes with a lot of anticipation for those who celebrate the holiday. But for thousands of Jewish fans of the online comic strip “ShaBot6000,” anticipation took a different form: On December 24, 2004, their favorite cartoon character spoke.The creation of animator William Levin, ShaBot6000 is a “try-weekly” (he tries to getRead More


The Bad Mommy Awards

By Marjorie Ingall

There are times when you know, with absolute certainty, that you are the worst parent ever to walk the earth. These epic Bad Mommy Moments aren’t, like, Susan Smith or Andrea Yates-level crises, DefCon Five. Your kids live. But after a Bad Mommy Moment, you aren’t sure you want to.A couple of weeks back, I met my Bad Mommy Waterloo. My husbandRead More


Hopping on ‘The Bandwagon’ of Musical Legends

By Masha Leon

How do you pay tribute to musical legends? You put on a show! And that’s just what the Drama League did on stage at The Pierre hotel at the league’s January 31 benefit tribute to lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green.There were film clips from the Comden and Green classics “The Bandwagon,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “WonderfulRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL February 25, 2005

In his typically incredible way, our steady contributor, Stanley Siegelman, has unearthed an otherwise obscure item about zoos. In Lithuania, high-ranking Orthodox rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv frowns on the operation of zoos. He even would forbid visiting a zoo. His authority is a 16th-century code of Jewish law that bars the raising of animals forRead More


Super Soups

THE FOOD MAVEN by Matthew GoodmanSoup is among the oldest of all foods; in biblical times, earthenware pots placed on clay stands were used to prepare soups made from vegetables and pulses and flavored with onion and garlic. Prominent among those pulses were lentils, out of which Jacob made a very famous soup, the one for which his brotherRead More


The Frozen Chosen How the Israeli Bobsled Team Slid Into Existence

By Aimee Berg

If you think an Israeli bobsled team seems like an alien concept, you are not alone. Call the Israeli Olympic Committee, and chances are you’ll be told that the team doesn’t exist. “We don’t have a bobsled team. Not from Israel. No, no, no,” office manager Etty Glickman said. Her colleague, Rakeset Waintraub, had said the same thing onRead More


Broadway Bigs Get Boosts

By Masha Leon

“It would have been lovelier if Jerry were standing here,” host Marian Seldes said — referring to originally designated emcee Jerry Orbach — at the January 24 Theater Hall of Fame “Lifetime in the Theater 2004 Induction Awards” ceremony at the Gershwin Theatre.Lynn Meadows, artistic director of the Manhattan Theatre Club, describedRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL February 18, 2005

Yosef Bovshover was one of the “proletarian poets” whose works were well known in the late 1890s. He was the least famous of a group of four poets who dedicated their works to championing the cause of working people. The other three were Morris Winchevsky, Morris Rosenfeld and David Edelstadt. On the occasion of Bovshover’sRead More


Matchmaker, Matchmaker... Hoping To Stave Off the Valentine’s Day Blues, the Hapless Jewish Writer Seeks Professional Help

By Max Gross

Valentine’s Day can summon terrible sadness in Hapless Jews. Last Valentine’s Day, the Hapless Jewish Writer spent the day despairing over his ex.The Hapless Jewish Writer’s girlfriend ended their relationship at an Indian restaurant December 7 — a date that will live in infamy.“IRead More


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