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Pickpockets, Players, Prostitutes –– Jews?

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

The recent news that a part of Sing Sing, the New York State penitentiary that was home for a spell to Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, as well to as Murder, Inc., the Brooklyn-based gang of ruthless racketeers, is going to be transformed into a museum brings to mind an aspect of our past that many, undoubtedly, would prefer to forget. I’m referring,Read More


Bringing Up Baby –– and Doctor

By Zackary Sholem Berger

Even God needs help when making miracles. He sent a wind to split the Red Sea rather than doing it directly; Moses took intensive elocution lessons before he could shout the Ten Commandments down to the Israelites, and the walls of Jericho could well have been jerry-built by history’s first unscrupulous contractors. Add to thisRead More


New York Meets ‘Chicago’ at Red Ball Bash

By Masha Leon

The arrival of Catherine Zeta-Jones with husband Michael Douglas at the February 7 Red Ball at The Pierre dazzled the 500 guests, celebrities and paparazzi, who went into flash overdrive. Alluding to event honorees Carey Lowell and her husband, Richard Gere, emcee Christine Baranski gushed, “This feels like a ‘Chicago’ reunion” — aRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL March 4, 2005

By now, the special style and use of Yinglish (a mix of Yiddish and English) by our regular contributor, Stanley Siegelman, is known by readers of Der Vinkl. A goodly part of his genius is his rare ability to find subjects that bypass most of us. And in this column he does it again, with his choice of Viagra as his theme. In what follows, both theRead 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


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


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


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