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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


Here’s To You, Lula! Nanny, Role Model, Friend

By Stacey Rose

Concert pianist Stacey Rose, whose career has brought her throughout the U. S. and to more than eight countries around the world, performed a solo recital at the Center Church on the Green in New Haven, Conn., on April 5. The concert was a tribute to her former nanny, Mrs. Lula Maie Rose, with proceeds going to Tower One/Tower East, theRead More


Where Celebrity Meets the Mystical World

By Lisa Keys

At the release party last month for the latest Kabbalah Centre tome, “The 72 Names of God: Technology for the Soul,” the talk was not of Jewish mystical practices, but of Madonna. Madonna, Madonna!The Material Mom lent her unparalleled star power to the affair, during which the media hordes waited hours behind velvet ropes for a glimpse,Read More


Mother’s Day: A Contrarian View

By Marjorie Ingall

You’ve heard people express these sentiments before, so I’ll just spit it out: Like many constitutionally cranky people, I find Mother’s Day an irritating fake-o holiday suffused with a synthetic saccharin glow.Express your appreciation of me every damn day of the year, and if you send me a card with glitter on it…Read More


The Blasphemer’s Tale: Obsession With Otherness

By Raymond P. Scheindlin

The son of the Israelite woman pronounced the Name in blasphemy, and he was brought to Moses — now his mother’s name was Shlomit daughter of Divri of the tribe of Dan — and he was placed in custody, until the decision of the Lord should be made clear to them.

— Leviticus 24:10 Shlomit bat Divri was her name, and her nameRead More


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