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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


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 (, 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

DER YIDDISH-VINKL March 18, 2005

On his 50th yahrzeit, poet Yosef Rolnick was featured in the Forverts on the pages devoted to Pearls of Yiddish Poetry. Rolnick’s poems were the works of a man whose life was crammed with loneliness, sorrow and sentiment. What follows is his most famous poem, “Zun in Mayrev” (“The Sun in the West”), as transliterated by Goldie Gold andRead More

Whew! The Unsung Art of Whistling Returns

By Allison Hoffman

In the fictional shtetl of Frampol, the home of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Gimpel the Fool, whistling on the Sabbath would have been strictly forbidden, and whistling a tune at night was known to bring out the demons. During the Holocaust, the simple act of whistling a familiar melody became a mode of communication in the Nazi camps. After the war,Read More

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