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DER YIDDISH-VINKL August 22, 2003

Stanley Siegelman seems to be as prolific as his timely, topical poems are terrific. Just a few weeks ago, we ran his poem about the White House with a president named Joseph Lieberman. While readers were still giggling, he sent us a second bit of brittle, brilliant humor on Senator Hillary Clinton’s biography. And now, here is aRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL August 8, 2003

By age 13, David Einhorn was writing poems in Hebrew. He continued to write his popular poems, often for the Forverts, until his passing in 1973. On the occasion of his 30th yahrzeit, excerpts from several of his poems ran in the pages of the Forverts devoted to “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry.” What follows is an early piece about when,Read More


Now More Than Ever!

By Anya Kamenetz

The medical supply unit at a large Israeli army base near Tel Aviv turns out to be a nondescript collection of warehouses with corrugated roofing, stacked inside with cardboard boxes. It’s just about the last place one might expect to find an American teenager having the time of her life. But in a workroom sorting packages of adrenaline,Read More


What’s in a Baby’s Name? Parents’ Hopes and Dreams

By Marjorie Ingall

No one who’s ever pondered naming a child believes that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. If Josie were named Feygie or Jemima — well, to be honest, I could no more imagine her being named Feygie or Jemima than I could imagine her fox hunting with Princess Anne.A few weeks ago, journalist Peggy Orenstein wrote a story in The New…Read More


But What If There Are Consequences?

By Jeffrey Fiskin

This week’s portion, Devarim, is read on the Shabbat before Tisha B’Av, the day on which, tradition tells us, both the First and Second Temples were destroyed. Tradition also tells us that the second destruction “came about through a Kamtza and a Bar Kamtza.”

66 C.E. Judea. A dinner party. As a wealthyRead More


Two Financial Experts Share Market Tips And Thoughts

Earning money is nice; making it grow is even nicer. What should individuals who want their money to make money do? Put it in a bank? Interest rates are negligible. Buy stocks? The memory of Enron and other scandals is still fresh. Recently this writer sat down with Michael Woolfolk, senior currency strategist at the BankRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL August 1, 2003

Stanley Siegelman does it again. For steady readers of Der Vinkl, Stanley’s name by now should be familiar. In satirical poetic form, he has described a Jewish White House with Joe Lieberman at its helm. He then shared with us his view of Hillary Clinton’s view of Bill Clinton. From there he took us through the Supreme Court’s decisionRead More


Take Off Those Granny Glasses, Zayde Shades Are Here!

Some zaydes are tall, and some are short. Some are fat and some are thin. But they all seem to have this in common: They wear absolutely enormous eyewear. We don’t know why everyone’s grandpa favors saucer-sized sunglasses; we just know that it’s true. Fortunately, this summer, the look is in fashion. Borrow Zayde’s super-sized styleRead More


Scared Blind Date Might Lead to Pulpit Marriage

By Wendy Belzberg

I am a 30-year-old single man. A friend of mine wants to set me up with a woman who is studying to become a rabbi. She sounds like a wonderful person in every way — bar the career she has chosen. When I asked her if she intended to teach, she informed me that she wants to be a pulpit rabbi. I cannot envision myselfRead More


How Celia Cruz Saved an Amazon Night

By Ira Rifkin

I came of age at just the right time to enjoy Celia Cruz — the greatest female singer salsa has ever produced — in her prime, and for her to help shape my lifelong musical tastes. Without her knowing it, she once helped get me out of a frightening situation in a drug-saturated Peruvian river town.Some 40 years ago — between doo-wop and theRead More





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