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Mixing Up The Spritz

By Barry Joseph

Like Chinese food and pickles, seltzer –– an effervescent spirit that has inspired dreams of cures for such diverse ailments as scurvy and indigestion –– is often associated with Jews. An ad for an at-home seltzer maker touts its product as part of the history of Jewish ingenuity: “Matzo, circa 1440 B.C. — Chicken Soup, circa 1280 A.D.Read More


No One Loves Christmas Like We Do

By Miriam Shaviv

Forget about “Chrismukka,” the hybrid holiday invented for intermarried couples. Consider the other December Dilemma, that of thousands of affiliated and even Orthodox Jews like me. Without a history of celebrating Christmas, and with no intention of celebrating it in the future, either, we get a warm and fuzzy feeling from theRead More


All Jews, All the Time: A New Radio Station Seeks Young Listeners Around the World

By Karen Iris Tucker

B’nai B’rith International, a 161-year-old nonprofit organization and charity, is hardly known as a hip haven through which the new generation can connect to Jewish culture. That could change, however, if the organization makes the desired impact with its new 24/7, Internet-based Jewish-music radioRead More


A Hip-Hop Tour of the Afterlife

By Loolwa Khazzoom

Following 9/11, Tim Barsky felt the world was upside down — not just because of global affairs, but also because of events closer to home. First, Barsky’s next-door neighbor was gunned down in a drive-by shooting as Barsky was sitting on his own front porch. Shortly afterward, in a succession of events, another neighbor was shot to deathRead More


Intrepid Celebs Toast to Pride And Patriotism

By Masha Leon

On November 30, while the Open University was feting Bernard Kerik, former NYC cop and former candidate for Homeland Security chief, at Cipriani 42nd Street (who knew?), 12 blocks away at the Hilton, the America-Israel Friendship League honored Harvey Krueger, vice chairman, Lehman Brothers; Galia Maor, president and CEO,Read More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL December 24, 2004

On the occasion of his 95th yahrzeit, the page of the Forverts devoted to Pearls of Yiddish Poetry dedicated its space to Khaim Alexandrov (1869-1909). He was famous for two of his poems: “Comrades in Arms” and “May Song.”What follows are transliterations of both poems (songs) by Goldie A. Gold and English versions by Gus Tyler.Read More


89-year-old Bat Mitzvah Girls

By Julie Kay

Sara Zwerin, 89, of Sunrise, Fla., barely can walk and is legally blind, but she is an avid card player who plays canasta at Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center three times a week, using special large-print cards.And, as of last week, she is also a bat mitzvah.Like most elderly Jewish women, Zwerin never had a bat mitzvah, since the coming-of-ageRead More


Designer T-Shirts Cause ‘Divine’ Conflict With Kabbalah Centre

By Adam Sacks

In the names of God, one fashion designer is producing T-shirts and skirting conflict with the famed Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Centre.Ayelet Aviv, an Israeli artist from Mitzpe Ramon in Israel, recently went solo with her line of Kabbalah-inspired T-shirts after an alleged collaborative agreement with The Kabbalah CentreRead More


You Sold Your Brother For a Pair of Shoes

By Raymond P. Scheindlin

The author of the following poem was Pinhas ha-Kohen, a prolific liturgical poet who seems to have lived in eighth-century Tiberias. His recounting of the story of the encounter between Joseph and Judah as a dramatic dialogue is somewhat different from that of the narrator in our portion. In Genesis, Judah approaches Joseph in order to beg himRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL December 17, 2004

Profound insight into human relationships and destinies sometimes can be revealed in the simple experiences of two childhood friends, as in a poem by Isaac Reingold (1873-1903), written about Shmilik and Gavrilik, that first appeared in the Forverts on May 9, 1897. The transliterated text that follows is taken from the compendiumRead More





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