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Songwriter Denise Rich: ‘Inside of Me Is a Black Woman’

By Masha Leon

“Inside of me is a black woman,” declared songwriter Denise Rich, who hosted the April 2 Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s annual spring benefit at her lavish Fifth Avenue penthouse. “It’s why I write the songs I do,” Rich told the 150 guests. “The world needs more than ever… to…Read More


Once Again, Striving To Preserve Freedom of Speech in Wartime

By Gus Tyler

At a special and most unusual press conference at the Pentagon, General Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, threw a temper tantrum. “General Myers rapped on the lectern with a clenched fist,” The New York Times reported, “and angrily mocked criticism from retired generals and others analyzing the war onRead More


Let My People Go — Out To Eat

Ah, Passover. Moses demanded, “Let my people go.” We’re tempted to add, “out to eat.” We find it terribly ironic that we celebrate our freedom from bondage by observing dietary restrictions that are the food equivalent of an electronic ankle monitor. As far as food goes, on Passover, we’re all under house arrest.But it doesn’t haveRead More


A Celebration Of Ingenuity In Advertising

In contemporary America, Passover is the occasion for many things, from a sudden appetite for gefilte fish to a momentary burst of attention to ritual. It has also been the occasion for extraordinary moments of creativity when it comes to advertising and marketing.Given the exigencies of the holiday — with its built-in requirements for specialRead More


Picking the Perfect Passover Wine: Chilean Red With the Roast?

By Erica Brody

As the Seder draws near, Jews of all stripes become oenophiles, setting out to stores to choose the perfect wine for their Passover meals. As with the meals themselves, which by now include vegetarian and gourmet selections as well as the traditional brisket, kosher wine options have increased exponentially in recent years, leaving brains swimmingRead More


Take-out Chinese, Anyone?

By Linda Frank

When Moses and the children of Israel hastily left Egypt, they had to worry about that weird bread that didn’t rise and how to cross the Red Sea pursued by Pharaoh’s soldiers. The last-minute departure allowed for no time to plan ahead. Fortunately, God led the way and sent manna.When my husband, Eli, and I decided to celebrate Passover withRead More


Is a Name Change Identity Fraud?

By Wendy Belzberg

I never gave serious thought to changing my last name (it’s about as Jewish as you can get) until I realized how pervasive antisemitism has become. I am in my 50s and beyond the age where it might matter, but my daughters are in their early teens and will soon be applying to college and then entering the work force. I amRead More


A Thing More Monstrous Than Flux

By Jeffrey Fiskin

Moses and Aaron, bent with wandering, walk from the Tent of Meeting. Aaron: This one is trouble.Moses: You’re a worrier. You thought the commandment on adultery would be trouble.Aaron: No. That one people could simply ignore. This one is trouble. Trust me.M: Don’t be silly. Men and women don’t want relations at that timeRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL April 11, 2003

While working on his forthcoming anthology “Women in Yiddish Poetry,” Barnett Zumoff noticed that many of these poems written about Jewish women or by Jewish women revolved around the theme of “mother.” As a result, he has compiled a selection of such poems in a separate volume, titled “About Mother: Yiddish Poets Speak.” OneRead More


When Hearty Gefilte Fish Kept Shtetls Stuffed

Gefilte fish is at once the zenith and nadir of Ashkenazic cookery: Is there any other dish that so typifies its extraordinary resourcefulness in the Old World and its long decline in the New?Gefilte fish is a forcemeat — chopped and seasoned meat or fish usually used for stuffing — made from ground-up freshwater fish mixedRead More


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