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A Rabbi Walks Into a Comedy Club — and Stays

By Gabriel Sanders

In 1986, after 14 years of faithful service to two different congregations, Rabbi Bob Alper began feeling pulpit fatigue.“I knew something was happening when I’d be conducting services and really looking forward to the announcements,” he told the Forward.“I loved certain aspects of the rabbinate,” he said. “But there were other aspectsRead More


Point, Click, Chuckle: Jewish Humor Goes Online

By E.B. Solomont

From riddles and one-liners to satires and comic strips, the Internet’s trove of Jewish humor goes on and on. This is instant gratification at its best, funnies at your fingertips. Even biographies of your favorite laugh masters have gone digital. The following is a short guide to Jewish knock-knock’s on the Web:JEWHOO! (www.jewhoo.com): For aRead More


Send in the Clowns

By Max Gross

When Gershon Resnik visits Israel, he feels a little bit like a rock star.A car is sent for him, and he is met by important Israeli community leaders and mobbed by adoring fans who scream with delight the moment he strides onstage.Such is the life of a Jewish clown.Resnik — aka Buffo the Clown — has been going back and forth to Israel from hisRead More


A Fair and Balanced Look At Al Franken

By Catie Lazarus

As political satirists go, Al Franken is in a league of his own. Five Emmy Awards reveal his sublime impact on “Saturday Night Live” as one of its original writers and later as a producer and performer. His books, including “Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot” and “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at theRead More


There Once Was a Contest for Laughs...

Forward readers are a funny lot. As part of our “Make Us Laugh” contest, readers wrote limericks that explained, illustrated, analyzed or exemplified a Jewish comic sensibility. And they made us laugh.Entries poured in, from Arizona to Vermont, Illinois to Georgia. Then our panel of comedy judges selected the cream of the crop:Cathy Ladman wonRead More


Prayer Fare: A Look Back at ‘Jewish Science’

‘The Jew of today needs, more than ever, a spiritual influence as a bulwark against worry, fear and anxiety. He needs that source of inspiration that will bring peace to his restless soul, free his heart from forebodings and cares… and replenish the springs of his happiness.” Although these passages strike a decidedly New Age-y tone,Read More


Josie and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

By Marjorie Ingall

As Josie ages, her relationship with media and culture changes. Everything seems to be a source of both joy and anxiety for her. Case in point: As part of our nightly bedtime ritual, I always sing Josie a couple of show tunes. (Yes, I am a gay man.) She’s always loved this special time, and I treasure the fact that she is still youngRead More


Hy and Mighty, He Knows No Boundaries

By Malina Sarah Saval

Jay-Z, 50 Cent and now — joining the pantheon of nicknamed musical wonders — there’s MC Hy.Though Hyim Jacob Ross is happy to be known by his full moniker, clearly he has taken on some of the characteristics of the hip-hop world. But, don’t call him a Jewish hip-hop artist. Though he collaborates with Wyclef Jean — a memberRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL January 28, 2005

The news item that the inimitable Stanley Siegelman chose for his column this week is the announcement that California’s Stanford University is now offering a three-year program in the study of Yiddish literature. Here it is, in Siegelman’s very own brand of Yinglish — a mix of Yiddish and English.

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Pirates, Pishkes And ‘Pacific Overtures’

By Masha Leon

“We’re here… to celebrate one of the most powerful and influential groups advocating for women’s health, empowerment, and rights in Asia, Africa and Latin America — the International Women’s Health Coalition,” actress and emcee Kathleen Turner said at its January 11 dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street.Alluding to the tsunami disaster,Read More


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