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An Israeli Singer Takes Cancer Survivor Show on the Road

By Erica Brody

Israeli singer Tami Rimon once used her voice solely for entertaining — she has put out two albums in Israel and was known for making the rounds at formal functions and concert halls. But now, as a New York appearance last week made evident, Rimon’s performances have taken on a more serious tone.A hamsa and a pink ribbon adorning herRead More


An Evening of Two Elies: Wiesel, Tahari

By Masha Leon

The American Jewish Committee New York Chapter’s April 30 Stanley M. Isaacs Human Relations Award dinner at the New York Hilton — at which Elie Wiesel presented an award to fashion designer Elie Tahari — will be remembered as “The Evening of the Two Elies.” Delighting the 350 guests who helped raise $400,000, the biblically nimble Wiesel…Read More


What Our Fathers Got Away With

By Lore Segal

It’s one of the old, bottomless speculations: Would a humanity that had no God — if we can imagine humanity without the divine to believe, or alternatively disbelieve, in — have come up with a moral code? Without the idea of a heaven, would our human nature have issued itself a set of commandments to obey or, alternatively,Read More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL May 23, 2003

“Mishpokhe Kheyndlekh” are an ongoing feature in the Yiddish Forward. The items refer to humorous bits that are clean enough to be shared with the extended family. What follows are a few examples from recent issues. The transliteration is by Goldie Gold; the translation is by Gus Tyler. Tsvey fraynd zitsn in an eroplan. Bemeshekh funemRead More


Geraldo Rivera: ‘The Jews Need Me Right Now’

Geraldo Rivera has rediscovered his Jewish roots, and he declares the Jews “need” him back. The Jews, apparently, have decidedly mixed feelings about his return.Rivera, 59, the flamboyant TV reporter, announced to The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post in recent days that he is planning to marry television producer Erica Levy, 29,Read More


Tzedakah and the Ethics of Taxation

By Gus Tyler

When are taxes just, and when are they unjust? When is a tax cut just, and when is it unjust? These are questions currently convulsing Washington. In the debate, almost constant reference has been made to the economic impact of each of the possible decisions.Unfortunately little, if any, attention is paid to the ethical elementRead More


Editor Roshan Tuned Radar as Long Island Teen

By Michael Bronski

It’s an intriguing position,” mused Maer Roshan, “being a member of three distinct minority groups in the United States at this moment.”Roshan, the 36-year-old publisher and editor of Radar — one of the most eagerly anticipated new magazines to hit the newsstands in years — is talking about being Jewish, Iranian and gay. “Maybe theRead More


Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, Still Matchmaking After All These Years

By Lisa Keys

Someone who makes a successful shidduch, or marriage match, is called a matchmaker. Someone who makes more than a thousand such matches is called Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis.Jungreis, who claims to have made an average of one shidduch a week for the past 30 years, shares her insights into marital bliss in her third book, “The Committed Marriage: ARead More


Sholom Aleichem: The Next Generation

By Benjamin Weiner

On May 4, a crowd of nearly 200 packed into the community hall of the Brotherhood Synagogue, located on the posh, southern edge of New York’s Gramercy Park. A young-looking man with closely cropped black hair, a matching goatee and black-rimmed glasses stepped to the bima, in front of the holy ark, and welcomed the assembled to the yahrzeit ofRead More


Execs Earn More Despite Lower Salaries

By Gus Tyler

A number of top corporate executives have opted for smaller salaries and some for no salary at all. The spotlight for this practice recently fell on William Clay Ford, chairman and chief executive officer of the Ford Motor Co. For the year 2002, he received no salary at all.At first blush, one is tempted to hold up Mr. Ford as an exampleRead More





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