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Meet the Man Who Brought Baseball Into the Strike Zone

Secular summer holidays are great. You barbecue and watch fireworks. Jewish summer holidays, however, aren’t quite as much fun. You fast; you pray — bring on the good times.The first of them, the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz, is right around the corner, on July 17. For the three weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and the Ninth of Av,Read More


Confronting In-Law’s Mean Streak

By Wendy Belzberg

I converted to Judaism 12 years ago when I married my husband. Still, my mother-in-law never misses an opportunity to refer to me as “the shiksa.” Enough is enough. How do I let her know that her remarks are hurtful and offensive?

— The convert’s lament If she weren’t your mother-in-law I might suggest responding in kind with aRead More


The Honor of Sacrifice

By Daniel M. Jaffe

Strains of the “Ma Tovu” — “How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob; Thy dwellings, O Israel!” — filtered from the human synagogue to the nearby barn. The flock’s elder, a white ram, turned to the kids and lambs, bullocks, calves and colts sitting up front on the hay: “In this week’s parsha, Chukat, we learn how Moses disobeyed theRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL July 11, 2003

The columns in the Forverts titled “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry” observed the 65th anniversary of Abraham Liessin’s death. He was born in Minsk in 1872 and studied at several outstanding yeshivas. But he reached out to the secular world and to the young radicals who idolized him, secretly distributing his incendiary poems and articles from handRead More


A Lyrical Tribute at Songwriters Awards

By Masha Leon

“Let the world know who writes the songs!” proclaimed Hal David, chairman and CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, at the June 12 Induction Ceremony & Awards Presentation of the National Academy of Popular Music.“Often the songwriters’ genius goes unrecognized by the public,” said Martin Bandier, chairman and CEO of EMI Music and…Read More


From Member of the Family To Member of the Tribe?

By Rachel Zuckerman

Burberry raincoats, designer biscuits, health insurance and therapy just aren’t enough for some canines. Fidos and Fifis are now bounding — or being dragged? — up the evolutionary ladder. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who’s leading whom.So why stop at “member of the family” when there’s “member of the tribe”?Enter the “BarkRead More


Girlfriend-Pianist’s Lovesong Needs Tuning

By Wendy Belzberg

— Looking for lessons

For the past six months I have been dating a woman I am seriously considering marrying. She is an accomplished pianist, and I spend many evenings at her house listening to her play while I read. I thought it would be nice if I also learned to play. My girlfriend has offered to teach me, but she wants to chargeRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL July 4, 2003

On the occasion of the 65th yahrzeit of Baruch Charney Vladeck, the Forverts dedicated its page on “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry” to a sampling of his works. This may come as a surprise to some of our readers who recall Vladeck as the longtime manager of the Forverts, chairman of the Jewish Labor Committee, president of the American ORT, electedRead More


Tourists Trek to Tuscany To Shop, Chop and Bake

By Max Gross

Yes, the pumpkin ravioli is delicious; yes, the veal scaloppini is succulent, and yes, the tiramisu is divine — but are they kosher?No one who takes a vacation with La Cucina Kasher in Toscana (Kosher Cooking in Tuscany) ever need worry about that.Cucina Kasher is a weeklong “cooking holiday.” For the uninitiated, cookingRead More


Beyond the Pale: One Reporter’s Journey to Iraq

By Rukhl Schaechter

Jacqueline Gold, a senior reporter for Crain’s New York Business, spends most Saturdays at the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale in the Bronx, scurrying after her daughters or reading Torah.This spring, however, found her in Iraq, where Crain’s had sent her to cover the reconstruction efforts, particularly the participation ofRead More


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