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DER YIDDISH-VINKL July 18, 2003

A recurrent feature in the Forverts is titled “Mishpokhe Khendlekh,” which may be roughly translated as “Household Humor.” In other words, it is humor fit for the mishpokhe. Indirectly, it makes a point: One can be funny without being smutty.What follows are two such delightful stories. (The column is edited by Rukhl Schaechter.) TheRead More


Going West on the Road to Happyville

Is there anything more American than the long automobile trip en famille? For some families, like that of writer Calvin Trillin, who grew up in Kansas City, Mo., during the 1930s and ’40s, taking to the road, especially in the years following the war, was a kind of annual contest, pitting endurance against distance. Writing in his poignantRead More


The Raw Truth About Lox

This is the strange truth of the modern American brunch: On any given Sunday morning, the majority of people who purchase “lox” to accompany their bagels and cream cheese are not, in fact, getting lox. They may ask for lox, the product may even be labeled as lox and they very well think they are enjoying lox, but what they are getting,Read More


Meet the Man Who Brought Baseball Into the Strike Zone

By David Davis

Marvin Miller threw a curve ball into baseball history — and sports history — shifting the sport’s balance of power irrevocably. He made his entrée back in the days when baseball players were treated as chattel — making four-figure salaries, not eight — and labor unions had no place in sports. By the time he made his exit,Read More


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


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