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Where They Wed: Catering Hall, City Hall and Synagogue

Some people are lucky enough to get married at the governor’s mansion, but the rest of us, wedding planner in tow, trudge from one catering hall, hotel ballroom or synagogue to another — and then another — in search of the perfect setting for our nuptials. Blessed with a multitude of possibilities and a plethora of willing caterers, weRead More


How Far for Distant Relative?

By Wendy Belzberg

A distant relative (the mother of my wife’s elderly uncle) — whom I have never met — recently died. My wife informs me that unless I travel to pay a shiva call, I will henceforth be looked at askance by her extended family. I have a very taxing job and have limited free time for my children and myself. Furthermore, I have no relationshipRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL June 20, 2003

If ever, dear reader, you are saddened by the state of the world and are looking for something to bring a smile to your face, Der Vinkl’s recommendation is to turn to any one of the several booklets of Yiddish humor compiled and edited by Ruth Levitan. As an example, what follows is a short, short tale drawn from her volume titled “Lakht aRead More


Not My Father’s Fathering: A Pledge

By Bruce Stockler

When I was a boy, my father was either absent or screaming, a lose-lose dialectic that forged my resolve to grow up to become a different kind of man. In the intervening decades, though, struggling to carve out my niche in the world, I rarely thought about fatherhood or children. But then, when I was 34, my son Asher was born, and, in a way,Read More


A Weighty Matter Strains a Father and Son’s Close Ties

By Max Gross

About a year ago an Israeli friend of mine called my parents’ house looking for me. “So what are you Israelis doing about the settlements?” demanded my father, a fervent believer in complete Israeli withdrawal from every last corner of the West Bank and Gaza.“I’m not doing anything,” my friend said.“Well, you should!” my fatherRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL June 13, 2003

Al Grand is well known to many readers for his Yiddish translation of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Grand’s works have been performed around the country by a troupe of which he is a chorus member. His attachment to the Savoyards, as Gilbert and Sullivan are often called, is so deep that his e-mail address is “Savoyid.”But,Read More


JUDAIKITSCH

Shavuot is a great holiday. There’s no fasting and no scouring the house for crumbs. All of its customs are fun ones: You decorate with flowers, eat cheesecake and stay up past your bedtime. It’s sort of like Jewish graduation night, only without the spiked punch and bad DJ.That’s not to say it’s all frivolity. Shavuot marks the givingRead More


Floral Arrangements Make Shavuot Memorable

Mount Sinai Memo Board Good craft glue

16 x 20-inch cork bulletin board

16 x 20-inch piece of AstroTurf (available at hardware stores)

Push pins

12 silk flowers

12 straight pins 1. Spread lots of glue all over the cork surface of the bulletin board and the back of the AstroTurf.2. Place AstroTurf on bulletin board, pressingRead More


The Truth About Tatele: Fatherhood Is Very Sexy

By Marjorie Ingall

Jonathan owns bedtime. The ritual’s always the same. He holds Josie upside down so that she can pat the kitty good night. He changes her diaper and puts her clothes in the laundry bag. “What’s this?” he asks as he holds up her yogurt-stained shirt. She proudly yells, “Launny!” Then he puts eczema cream on her rashes and moisturizer…Read More


Soros Gets Boos for Using YIVO Stage as Political Platform

By Masha Leon

It was “Budapest at the Pierre [Hotel]” for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research’s May 13 benefit dinner honoring architect Moshe Safdie and Imre Kertész, who won the 2002 Nobel Prize for literature. As Hungarian musicians and dancers entertained, diplomats from Hungary, Austria and Lithuania and 470 YIVO guests (who raised $1 million…Read More


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